Coming Out as Transgender guide
Pick up brochures in the Center for Student Diversity, outside the Rainbow Lounge
Transgender Network of PFLAG:
Some Considerations in Coming Out Trans to Your Parents And Family
Transgender Mental Health Blog:
Thoughts on “Coming Out” as Transgender to Family
(all single stall restrooms, not all marked gender neutral)
1 Gender Neutral Bathroom on 3rd floor of UU, across from CSD
1 bathroom Psychology Building, located on the 1st floor across from room 107
2 Newell Dining Hall, located in the back through the double doors marked “EXIT”
(walking through the doors does not take you out of the dining hall)
2 Residence Tower, located in the Lobby
1 Tower A, located in the Lobby
1 Tower B, located in the Lobby
1 Tower C, located in the Lobby
1 Tower D, located in the Lobby
1 William Paca House, located in the Lobby
1 Harriet Tubman House, located in the Lobby
2 Towson Run Apartments, located in the Lobby
2 Millennium Apartments, located in the Lobby
2 Gender Neutral Restrooms in the Health Center
Trans-Friendly Student Organizations
GenderBLUR is a student organization and support group for transgender,
gender queer, gender variant, questioning, and ally students.
Meeting Time: Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Rainbow Lounge, UU313
Queer Student Union
QSU is a student organization for LGBTQ students and their allies.
Meeting Time: Tuesdays at 6pm in Susquehanna Terrace (2nd Floor of the
In the Life
In the Life is a student organization for LGBTQ students of color.
Meeting Time: Every other Thursday at 8:30pm in LI106
Trans-Friendly Support Services on Campus
LGBT Student Development Program
The LGBT Student Development Program educates the campus community about LGBT issues and provides resources and a safe environment in which LGBT individuals can be themselves. Students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning will find themselves welcomed, represented and nurtured at Towson University through programs such as:
PRIDE Mentor Program
The PRIDE Mentor Program is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and
questioning students on campus who would like to talk with a trained,
knowledgeable peer about different issues or concerns in their life or who would like to meet more people and become more involved in the LGBT community. The program is run by students for students. They promote the success and wellness of Towson's LGBT community. Interested in being a mentor or a mentee? Visit the website or email for more information.
The Rainbow Lounge is a space for LGBTQ students and allies. It is located in the Center for Student Diversity, UU313, on the 3rd floor of the University Union. It is a great place to meet and hang out with other LGBTQA people in an accepting and welcoming atmosphere. The RL also contains many LGBT resources such as books, magazines, and movies and is typically open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.
The TU Counseling Center is well trained to positively serve transgender or gender variant students that would like one-on-one, confidential support. They offer short term counseling (10 session max) and are able to provide referrals to trans-friendly therapists in the Baltimore area (including those on a sliding scale) who are trained to assist clients during the transition process. For more information visit the website.
Note: If you have insurance through Towson University, you must go to the Counseling Center first and be referred by them to an off-campus therapist in order for the insurance to apply to the off-campus therapist. For more information about Towson University Student Health Insurance, visit the website.
Dowell Health Center does not offer Hormone Replacement Therapy or transrelated health services. For providers who offer these services please see information on Trans-Friendly Doctors and Therapists below.
Housing and Residence Life does not offer a specific Gender Neutral Housing program at this time. However, plans
are in motion for some version of a Gender Neutral Housing program to begin in Fall
2012. For information about current room assignment procedures and options for transgender
students, please check out the website.
“Gender Neutral Housing.” Housing and Residence Life ask that you contact Barbara Neal at 410-704-2516 to discuss housing/rooming options related to gender identity or gender expression.
TU Non-Discrimination Policy does not currently include "gender identity" as a protected class.
TU Bias Related Incident Reporting does include "gender identity" as a
TU Registrar Office does have name change forms available for any legal name changes that have already been completed. Please see “How to Legally Change Your Name with Towson University” below. TU also does allow an individual to change their sex marker, but requires proof of Sexual/Gender Reassignment Surgery (the definition of this varies, but must be in accordance with Section 4-214(b)5 of the Health General Article of the Maryland Code, which states that upon receipt of a certified copy of a court order indicating that the sex of an individual born in MD "has been changed by surgical procedures," the state will amend an individual’s birth certificate to reflect that sex change).
How to Legally Change Your Name with Towson University
1. Legally change your name in your county of residence (see “MD information” below if you are a Maryland resident). Also legally change your name on at least one legal photo identification card so that you can show this to the TU Registrar Office if need be.
2. Once you have received a court order granting you a legal name change, you must fill out the TU Name Change Form and then bring it, along with a copy of your court order and your legal photo ID, to the TU Registrar Office. They will process the paperwork and your name should be changed in the system, including on PeopleSoft, within a day.
3. Once the name change has been processed, you will be able to go to the 1st floor of the University Union to the Auxiliary Services Office (right outside the door for the Meal Plan Office and right next to where you purchase parking permits) and request a new OneCard with your updated name. You will be asked to fill out a new OneCard form and to present a legal photo ID with your new name on it. You should not be charged for this new OneCard.
4. Once your name has been changed with the TU Registrar Office, you must then contact the Office of Technology Services to have your name changed in the computer login system and to receive a new student email address if one is required. You can reach OTS at 410-704-2041. For additional contact information for OTS, visit the website.
Note: If you do not complete this step, when you log in to campus computers the name that appears on the screen will still be your old name.
Places You Can Change Your Name Without a Legal Name Change
Student Email Account
While you cannot change the official name connected to your student email
account, or the email account address, unless you obtain a legal name change, you can change the name that appears when you send mail to someone or when someone within Towson sends mail to you.
1. Open your Towson Email Account
2. Click on “Settings” in the top right-hand section of the screen
3. Click on the “Accounts” tab
4. Look at where it says “Send mail as:” and click “edit info” in the far right section of that row
5. Type your preferred name into the blank space and then click “Save Changes” From now on when people send you emails or you send emails to other people, your preferred name will be the one that shows up.
You can change your name on Blackboard without getting a legal name change. This can be particularly important if your class involves online discussions or other online materials that may cause your classmates to come into contact with your Blackboard name. If you have not already, you may want to tell your professor your preferred name so that they are not confused when they see it on Blackboard.
1. Log in to Blackboard (you can get to blackboard -> Current
Students -> Learn Online: Blackboard [in yellow on the right hand side])
2. Click on “My LearnOnline” if you are not already there
3. Under Tools (top left hand box), click on “Personal Information”
4. Click on “Edit Personal Information”
5. Change your name to your preferred name
Note: You can also change your gender on Blackboard in this same section
6. Click “submit”
Involved @ TU
You can change your name on Involved @ TU, the website Towson University uses to track and manage student groups. This can be helpful if you intend to join groups on Involved @ TU and want your preferred name to show up in the group roster.
1. Go to Involved @ TU
2. Click Log In (located in the upper right hand corner of your screen) and log in using your TU NetID and password
3. Click on “Account” at the very top of the page
4. Change your names as needed in the Profile Information section
5. Click “Update”
From now on your preferred name will appear at the very top of the Involved @ TU site, in the welcome message. It will also be the name that appears in the group roster when you become a member of a group.
Obtaining a Legal Name Change (if you are a legal Maryland
resident) Maryland Courts
Note: Keep in mind that the reason you write in for requesting the name change will be the reason included in the newspaper announcement of your impending name change. Also keep in mind that there is a fee for filing the name change (which may be waived if you have little or no income and file a form stating such) and a fee for having it printed in the local newspaper, which is a requirement of the name change
Obtaining a Sex Marker Change on a Maryland License or State ID
Currently the state of Maryland does not require residents to obtain Sexual
Reassignment Surgery (SRS) before changing their Sex/Gender Marker on their license or state issued ID. A resident must submit written confirmation from a medical professional that they are in the process of transitioning from one sex to the other. This will then allow them to receive a “transitional” sex change on their license or state issued ID. The status of this change would be re-evaluated annually until the resident meets the requirements for a permanent sex change, which currently includes having SRS.
MVA Sex Marker Change
Note: This will not change one’s sex on their birth certificate or on any other legal documents. It also will not change one’s sex with the Social Security Administration.
Baltimore City Non Discrimination Policy
Council Bill 02-0857, signed into law on December 6, 2002, prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations in Baltimore City.
Montgomery County Non-Discrimination Policy
Bill 23-07, signed into law in 2008, prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations, among other areas.
Maryland Non-Discrimination Policy
Maryland State Law does not currently include “gender identity” as a protected class and on a state level discrimination on the basis of gender identity is notprohibited.
Trans-Friendly Support Services Off Campus
Transgender Groups offered by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB)Trans-Friendly Support
Gender Identity Group (GIG) – A support group for anyone who is transgender, gender queer, or anyone who varies from traditional gender expression.
Baltimore Trans-Masculine Alliance is GIG’s FTM (Female to Male) support group that meets on the 4th Saturday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in room 202 of the GLCCB. For more information visit the website.
Partners of Trans People - A peer support group that offers a safe space for the partners of people who identify
as transgender, transsexual, androgynous, or elsewhere on the trans spectrum. The
focus is on supporting partners through the unique challenges faced in trans relationships
as well as more common relationship issues. Self-care strategies are emphasized to
foster positive relationships with
partners. Meetings are the 4th Saturday of each month at 8:00 p.m.
Chase Brexton Health Services
Founded in 1978 as the gay health clinic at the GLCCB, Chase Brexton Health Services is now a growth oriented provider of patient-centered interdisciplinary health care for diverse communities including those individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender; HIV infected and affected; and all others who face barriers accessing quality health care. Chase Brexton offers hormone treatments for Transgender individuals looking to transition. They also offer a variety of other Transgender specific services. Chase Brexton has multiple locations, including one in Mt. Vernon Center of Baltimore. For more information visit Chase Brexton Health Services. If you are interested in making an appointment at Chase Brexton, see additional resources on Chase Brexton in the "Trans-Friendly Doctors & Therapists" section below.
Hearts and Ears
Hearts & Ears is a peer support and advocacy program for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people with mental health issues or concerns. Hearts & Ears provides a safe and confidential setting where members can network and offer one another support. Other programs include advocacy within the mental health systems and the community-at-large, a newsletter, and activities. Hearts & Ears' center is located at 1133 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 204, Baltimore, MD 21201. For more information visit the website, call (410)523-1694, or email.
Sugar is a lesbian owned, women and trans operated sexual education center and store. Sugar carries products for Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Transgender, and all individuals looking to explore their sexuality. Sugar carries a variety of Transgender specific products such as chest binders (a tank top type of clothing that restricts a person’s breast tissue for the appearance of a flat or masculine chest) and packers (artificial penises that can be worn in a person’s underwear or with a packer harness to create a male-looking and/or male-feeling bulge in one’s crotch). Sugar also offers a variety of sex education classes. Some of the past classes have focused on Transgender Sex and how to be comfortable sexually in a body that you
do not identify with or feel comfortable in. Sugar is located at 927 W. 36th St. on the Avenue in Hampden Baltimore, MD. For more information visit the website, email, or call
GLBT National Help Center – 1-888-843-4564
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender National Hotline provides telephone and email peer counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. The youth talkline, which serves youth through age 25, is 1-800-246-7743. For online peer support chat visit the website.
The Trevor Project – 1-866-488-7386
The Trevor Project operates the leading nationwide, around the clock suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. Every day, the Trevor Project saves lives through its free and confidential helpline, its website and its educational services. For more information, or to participate in a live Trevor Chat with trained volunteers visit the website.
Laura’s Playground Support Chat Room –
Laura’s Playground provides support for transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersex, and androgynous people as well as crossdressers. This chat room is a live support moderated chatroom for trans individuals. All full moderators of this chat have taken a youth suicide prevention course and are prepared to talk to and help suicidal individuals.
SpeakOUT Speakers Bureau Program
The Speakers Bureau exists to educate the campus about the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Ally experiences through panel
discussions and presentations in classes, residence halls, and other university settings.
As a part of its work towards creating an atmosphere of respect and acceptance for all individuals within the Towson Community, the Bureau offers a program called "Gender Deconstruction and Transgender Community". This program is designed to help cisgender people understand and be more sensitive to the transgender community, and begin the process of breaking down their cisgender privilege so as to become better allies to the trans community.
The panel programs the Speaker's Bureau organizes are given by LGBTQIA Towson students. Students who present on these panels are empowered as LGBTQIA people, and often achieve great personal growth by taking part in the program.
The Speaker's Bureau can be reached by email
at firstname.lastname@example.org or through its Facebook Page at
Bureau/168132063238061. Additional information can be found on the website.
Safe Space Program
Sponsored by LGBT Student Development, this program provides faculty, staff and resident assistants a basic understanding of LGBT issues of importance in an educational and social environment. Participants are given a rainbow sticker to display, identifying their offices as a "Safe Space." For more information please contact LGBT Student Development.
LGBT Studies Minor
TU offers a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. Classes vary from semester to semester, but at least Introduction to LGBT Studies (LGBT101) and Gender Identity in Transition (PSYC457) discuss transgender people and transgender topics. For more information, view the website.
International Foundation for Gender Education
PFLAG’s TNET (Transgender Network):
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Transgender Law and Policy Institute
University of California LGBTI Association web page on gender-free restrooms
University of Chicago’s “Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Campaign”
Transgender Law Center
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
The Gender Trust
The Transitional Male
Hudson’s FTM Resource Guide
Trans-Friendly Doctors & Therapists (there are more, but here is a sample)
Jill Gaumer, LCSW Therapist
55 E. High Street
Elkton, MD 21921
Provides counseling for trans-related issues, including obtaining a letter for
Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center
1701 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Max Robinson Center:
2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20020
Whitman-Walker provides behavioral health services as well as Hormone
Administration and Monitoring and other trans-friendly health services.
Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc.
Behavioral Health – 2428
Medical and Dental – 4300
Smoking Cessation – 1700
Mt. Vernon Location:
Building A (Medical, Case Management, Pharmacy, Lab)
1001 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Building B (Dental, Mental Health, Substance Abuse)
10 West Eager Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Website to Chase Brexton
Chase Brexton offers a variety of services, including trans-friendly mental health counseling, psychiatry, and medical primary care providers who can prescribe and monitor Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Chase Brexton was founded in the LGBT community in 1978 and providing safe, affirming LGBT care has been a part of their mission for more than 30 years.
For Behavioral Health appointments: Since Chase Brexton is LGBT-friendly, conveniently located in the Mt. Vernon area of Baltimore, and offers a sliding scale for those without insurance, it is often full. However, if you are trans-identified and you want to see a therapist, make sure you tell them that you are trans and give them your preferred name and legal name. Transgender individuals are considered an at-risk group and are given priority at Chase Brexton. If you are not contacted and given an appointment after one month, contact Dr. Brett Davis (see contact information below), let him know that you are trans and have been unsuccessfully trying to get an appointment with a Chase Brexton mental health provider, and give him your contact information. Also please call the Behavioral Health Department again at 410-837-2050 ext. 2428 and tell them that you are transgender and have not heard back from them about an appointment. Do not fear telling Chase Brexton staff your gender identity. It is safe and kept confidential.
For Medical appointments: If one of your goals is to transition medically through hormone replacement therapy – or if you simply need an LGBT-affirming medical provider, you may also want to make an appointment with the medical providers.This will make the process to get hormones go faster once you do get a behavioral health appointment. For medical appointments call 410-837-2050 ext. 4300.
Dr. Brett Davis, Assistant Director of Mental Health
Phone: 410-837-2050 ext. 1410
Email (PLEASE TRY CALLING FIRST)