Trans on Campus Guide

In accordance with our mission statement, the LGBTQ+ Student Development Program strives to create an inclusive and educated campus community where transgender students are welcomed, supported, valued, and engaged.

Campus Resources

GenderBLUR
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                           

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 8am-5pm.

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 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

All Gender Bathroom
Towson University has created a helpful link with the location of all gender 

Gender Inclusive Housing Options
Gender Inclusive Housing is an inclusive, voluntary housing option where students can be assigned to live in the same room with any other student regardless of sex, birth gender, biological gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Students must specifically request this housing option and it is space limited. Contact Department of Housing & Residence Life  at (410) 704-2516 for more information.

Name & Sex Marker 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.

Obtaining a Legal Name Change with the State of Maryland (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 process.

Here  is a helpful guide with links to the documents you will need to submit.

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 Administration.

Here  is a helpful guide outlining the steps to take and the documents to bring.

Places You Can Change Your Name at Towson University without a Legal Name ChangeStudent 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.

Blackboard
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.

One Card
You can have your preferred name added to your one card. It will appear in quotation marks between your legal first name and last name (i.e., John “Jane” Smith). Please email , to request this change.

Community Resources
Support Groups

Transbaltimore
A social organization geared towards transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming individuals, as well as those that are affirming of non-binary identities. The goal of TransBaltimore is to provide a safe space for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals to engage in informative discussions and affirming social interactions. The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7pm-9pm at GLCCB (2530 N Charles Street, Baltimore 21218).

Akanni
A support group, sponsored by Black Transmen Inc, that provides a safe, respectful, confidential environment open to transmen of all stages of transition. The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. If interested, fill out information form found here, and you will be notified of the meeting time and place.

Baltimore Nonbinary Gender Support Community
Baltimore based support community for nonbinary individuals offering various events monthly. To find out the next meeting visit their website

Baltimore Trans-Masculine Alliance
The Baltimore Trans*Masculine Alliance (BTMA) is a support group for everyone who identifies on the Transmasculine spectrum, including (but not limited to) trans men, FTM, genderfluid, non-binary, multigender, butch, questioning, and those who were assigned female at birth. They welcome people who are at any stage of medical & social transitioning: considering, declining, are in their process, or began years ago. The group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30 at GLCCB (2530 N Charles Street, Baltimore 21218).

Loved Ones in Transgender Support (SOFFA group)
Support group for significant others and family members who have loved ones that are transgender. The group meets every other Saturday from 3-5pm, at 611 Park Avenue, Suite A, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

Discrimination Policies
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.

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 prohibited.

Transitional Resources

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 Brexton Health Services.

Your Trans Care at Star Track Adolescent Health
Your Trans Care (YTC) is a specialty program for transgender people 12 to 21 years old looking for excellent health care. YTC offers primary care and a range of unique services for transgender individuals and their friends, family, and significant others. Our trans specific services include: free support provided by transgender peer navigators, access and management of hormone therapy & puberty blockers, trans affirming gynecological services, individual and group counseling for transgender people, customized support and guidance for families, friends, and partners of transgender clients, counseling, referrals, clinical letter of support, and coordination for gender affirming surgery, medical and non-medical case management, and transgender specific health education workshops and materials. More information can be found at their website

Whitman-Walker Health
Located in Washington D.C., Whitman-Walker Health provides a safe, respectful and affirming environment that meets the needs of transgender and gender-non conforming patients. They offer both medical care and mental and behavioral health services. For more information visit their website

Sugar
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 (http://www.sugartheshop.com/service/about/) or call 410-467-2632.

Trans-Friendly Therapists (this is not an exhaustive list)

Tosh Provancher, LCMFT
10 W Eager St 
Suite 303
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(443) 569-7829 

The Resource Center (therapy)
8501 Lasalle Road
Suite 115
Towson, MD 21286
(410) 337-7772

Tavi Hawn, LCSW-C
405 Allegheny Ave 
Towson, Maryland 21204                              
(443) 843-0360 

Sean Lare, LCSW-C
6851 Oak Hall Lane 
Suite 118
Columbia, Maryland 21045
(410) 695-6688

Pro Bono Counseling Project
Located throughout Maryland
410.825.1001

Shawn V. MacDonald, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
4400 East West Highway, Suite 1028
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 358-6421

Coming Out as Transgender

Planned Parenthood offers a quick guide on how to come out.

The Human Rights Campaign’s A Guide to Being You  is a more in depth guide to coming out to yourself and others.

PFLAG also produced a guide, Welcoming our Trans Family and Friends,  to help families and friends support individuals who are coming out as transgender.

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 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

Transgender Pulse
Website 
Pulse provides support for transgender, genderqueer, intersex, and androgynous. 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.

Online Resources
Trans Women of Color Collective 
FTM International
Translatin@ Coalition
International Foundation for Gender Education
PFLAG’s Transgender Resources 
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Trans Health 
Transgender Law and Policy Institute
TS Roadmap
Transgender Law Center
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
The Gender Trust
Transguys
Original Plumbing
Hudson’s FTM Resource Guide
Susan’s Place