Trans on Campus Guide

Coming Out as Transgender

The Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality:

Coming Out as Transgender guide (
Note: You can pick up one of these brochures in the CSD, 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

MCC Transgender Ministries:

Coming Out as a Transgender Person: A Workbook

Note: This resource is faith-based

Gender Neutral Restrooms on Campus

(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,
genderqueer, gender variant, questioning, and ally students.
Meeting Time: Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Rainbow Lounge, UU313

Facebook Page
For more information, email

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
University Union)

Facebook Page
For more information email:

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

Facebook Page
For more information email:

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 contact for more information.

Rainbow Lounge
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

Counseling Center
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 about the
Counseling Center 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: Click here

Towson FYI....
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
protected class.

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 via> 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.

Maryland Information
Obtaining a Legal Name Change (if you are a legal Maryland
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.
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

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 not

Trans-Friendly Support Services Off Campus
Transgender Groups offered by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of
Baltimore (GLCCB):

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 click here

Tran*quility is GIG's MTF (Male to Female) support group that meets on the 4th
Saturday of each month from 8:00 to 10:00 pm in the GLCCB. For more information
e-mail or visit

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. For more
information contact

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 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, 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, email, or call

Crisis Hotlines
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 here.

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

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.

Educational Opportunities
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

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 or through its Facebook Page at
Bureau/168132063238061. Additional information can be found here.

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, click here.

Additional Resources
A Boy Named Sue (documentary about an FTM)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (film about two drag queens and a
trans woman)
Beautiful Boxer (fictionalized story of Parinya Charoenphol, a Thai boxer trans
Better Than Chocolate (film that includes a trans woman as a main character)
Boy I Am (documentary about trans men, addressing issues between lesbians and
trans men; for more information visit
Boys Don’t Cry (fictionalized story of Brandon Teena’s life)
Call Me Malcolm (documentary about a trans man seminary student)
The Cockettes (documentary about an early San Francisco drag performance group)
Cruel and Unusual (documentary about trans women in prison)
Drag Kings on Tour (documentary)
Different for Girls (film about a trans woman and a best friend from her youth)
Georgie Girl (documentary about New Zealand’s trans legislator)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (film about a trans woman rock singer)
Just Call Me Kade (documentary about a teenage trans man)
Ma Vie en Rose (feature film about a trans child)
No Dumb Questions (documentary about children learning about their trans aunt)
Normal (film about a trans woman coming out and transitioning within a marriage)
The Opposite Sex: Jamie’s Story (documentary about a transitioning trans woman)
The Opposite Sex: Rene’s Story (documentary about a transitioning trans man)
Paris Is Burning (documentary about voguing in New York in the late 1980s)
Princesa (film about a trans woman sex worker)
Red Without Blue (documentary about a set of twins in which one is a trans woman)
The Rubi Girls (documentary about a Dayton drag queen troupe)
Soldier’s Girl (fictionalized story of the partner of murdered soldier Barry Winchell)
Southern Comfort (documentary about a trans man dying from ovarian cancer)
Toilet Training (documentary about the need for gender-neutral bathrooms; for
more information visit
TransAmerica (major motion picture about a Transwoman’s reunion with her son)
TransGeneration (documentary miniseries about four transitioning college students)
Transparent (documentary about trans men who gave birth to children; for more
information visit
Venus Boyz (documentary about drag kings and trans-masculine people)
Wild Side (fictionalized story about a trans woman and her two male lovers)

Online Resources
FTM International:
International Foundation for Gender Education:
PFLAG’s TNET (Transgender Network):
Sylvia Rivera Law Project:
Trans Health:
Transgender Care:
Transgender Day of Remembrance:
Transgender Law and Policy Institute:
University of California LGBTI Association web page on gender-free restrooms:
University of Chicago’s “Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Campaign”:
Youth Resource:
TS Roadmap:
Anne Lawrence:
Survivor Project:
Transgender Law Center:
National Youth Advocacy Coalition:
The Gender Trust:
Laura's Playground:
The Men’s Room:
The Transitional Male:
Original Plumbing:
Hudson’s FTM Resource Guide:
FTM Transition:
Susan’s Place:

Trans-Friendly Doctors & Therapists (there are more, but here is a sample)
Jill Gaumer, LCSW Therapist
55 E. High Street
Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: 302-354-0074
Fax: 302-995-1724
Email :
Provides counseling for trans-related issues, including obtaining a letter for
hormone therapy.

Shawn V. MacDonald, Ph.D., Liscensed Psychologist
4400 East West Highway, Suite 1028
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 358-6421
Website: Whitman-Walker Health
Phone: (202)-745-7000
Transgender Health Care Advocate: (202)-939-7698
General Email:
Appointments Email:
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.
Phone: 410-837-2050
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

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