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Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Resources

Image of four trans/gender-nonconforming students, alumni and staff standing side-by-side smiling at the camera in front of a white background
From left to right: Asuka '12, Maggie (Resident Director of Tingelstad Hall), Marceline '18, and Jordyn '19.

Welcome

Care is a central component of the PLU mission “to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care–for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.” PLU is committed to the success of transgender and gender non-conforming students at PLU. Whether you are seeking answers to support your transition or working to create an inclusive classroom environment, this site serves to connect you to community members, resources on and off campus, and opportunities for engagement and advocacy.

For additional information or to provide suggestions and feedback, please email trans@plu.edu.

Quick Q&A

Where can I find supportive spaces and groups on campus?

There are many resources available for students on campus.

Locations:

Groups:

Where are the gender neutral/inclusive restrooms and showers located on campus?

The All-Gender Restroom Map contains the locations of all gender inclusive restrooms and showers, as well as lactation rooms, on campus.

What medical services are available at PLU?

Medical Services provided by the PLU Health Center include gender-affirming care for acute illness, minor injuries, contraception, management of side effects from hormone therapy, sports physicals and travel medicine consultation. Many routine immunizations are available for a fee. Influenza vaccine is available at no charge. STI screening, condoms and dental dams are offered at no charge to students. The PLU Health Center has on site lab for lab orders placed by any provider, regardless of whether they are a PLU or off-site clinician . In addition, PLU Health Center can help with referral, education and resources for hormone therapy and/or surgical consultation.

How do I update my name and gender at PLU?

Connect with the PLU Registrar Kevin Berg and he will assist you through the process.

Kevin Berg, Registrar
bergka@plu.edu
253-535-7890

Changes to Rosters
Many students have a first name they prefer over their given name. If the student has informed the university of it and we’d like to honor their request that we use it. Our hope is that by including the preferred name in the roster, faculty will have an important piece of information to use in creating a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment and students will feel a greater sense of familiarity and belonging.
 
Students may indicate their preferred name by completing this simple Google form. This form is also linked on the Registrar’s webpage. Please share this information with students as well.

If students have questions about updating their preferred name, please send them Kevin Berg, Registrar, bergka@plu.edu.

What sort of LGBTQ academic resources does PLU have?

The PLU Library’s collection supports the academic curriculum and primarily provides access to materials intended to support student coursework and research, including research on LGBTQ topics. A representative selection of library resources with relevant content can be found on the Women’s and Gender Studies research guide. Research assistance is also available.

PLU also offers a major and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Women’s and Gender Studies explores the role of gender and sexuality in society and culture. Students understand the complexities of gender, sexual identity, and feminism, and they apply these ideas in a variety of academic disciplines. Students also examine gender and sexuality alongside such factors as class, nationality, ethnicity, religion, and race.

The Center for Gender Equity also maintains a library of books, magazines, and brochures that offer information on a diverse range of topics related to gender, sexuality, and social justice issues.

Athletics

Pacific Lutheran University and the Department of Athletics and Recreation prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. See the On-Campus Resources section for full details

Laurie Turner, Director of Athletics & Recreation
turnerll@plu.edu
(253)535-7361

PLU Athletics – The Pacific Lutheran Athletics Department is dedicated to providing a broad-based, quality program and experience for men and women who strive to achieve academic and athletic excellence within the Northwest Conference as well as regional and national levels. Committed to the holistic development of students, the department strives to educate and promote personal growth and physical well-being through its intercollegiate sports program. The department subscribes to high standards of ethical conduct and fair play to achieve athletic prominence and to safeguard the health and welfare of its students.
View the Student-Athlete Handbook [pdf]

TransAthlete College Athletics Guidelines (condensed) – “The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has a complete policy outlining transgender student-athlete participation in NCAA sports. Colleges not governed by the NCAA may have different policies. School-specific procedures for working with trans athletes may differ at each institution.”

NCAA Transgender Guidelines – NCAA Office of Inclusion, Published August 2011

Career Services

The Career Connections office is here to help you navigate career decisions, jobs and internships. As a transgender or non-conforming student, there are unique aspects in the job and career search that must be navigated, including how, when or if it is necessary to come out in the job process, as well as what kind of laws are in place to protect your rights in the workplace. It is our pleasure to walk through choosing a career and finding a job with you, and providing a place to talk through the whole process and make decisions.

E. Dawn Mikalatos, Career Advisor
mikaladd@plu.edu
253-535-7740

Career Connections – Career Connections brings together PLU’s best academic and career planning tools to help students make a seamless transition into the next phase of life. Career Connections positions students to succeed by linking them to the right resources, advisors, opportunities, and employers.

Student Employment – Finding a job during college can be a daunting process, especially for new students. The Student Employment Office works with current students to assist them in their employment endeavors– whether through work-study or on-campus employment.

Career Connections Opportunities Board – On and off campus jobs can be found on the Career Connections Opportunities Board. If any student wants assistance looking for a job or developing a resume or cover letter, please schedule an appointment with Career Connections by calling 253-535-7459 or emailing career@plu.edu.

Career Fairs – Career Connections hosts several career fairs throughout the school year. Employers come to campus for these fairs, looking to hire PLU students. Make sure to dress professionally and bring a resume to the career fairs.

National Center for Transgender Equality – National organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy.

Transgender Employment Empowerment Initiative – Collaborative effort of Jewish Vocational Services, the TG Law Center and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center to help transgender job seekers find and keep jobs.

Transgender Law Center – Comprehensive resources on transgender law.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute – The Transgender Civil Rights project is a leading source providing legislative, policy and strategy assistance.

Transgender Workplace Diversity – A blog hosted by transgender attorney/ consultant Jillian Weiss. Information for human resource professionals, lawyers, transgender employees and allies on workplace-related issues.

Out for Work – National career fair and conference for GLBT job seekers, GLBT-friendly employers and workshops featuring education and outreach to addressing the concerns of GLBT Industry Specific Resources.

Industry Specific Resources:

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association – Organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered physicians, medical students, and their supporters.

National Lesbian and Gay Law Association – A national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. Includes news, events, and membership and contact information.

Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies – Group for workers in U.S. State Department, Agency for International Development (USAID) and other foreign affairs agencies. Events, news, mission, links, membership, history and contact details.

National Gay Pilots Association – National organization of Gay and Lesbian pilots and other aviation enthusiasts from across the U.S. promoting aviation safety and equal treatment. News, Events (into 2003), scholarships, merchandise, contacts, links, photos.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – NOGLSTP is a national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people (and their advocates) employed or interested in scientific or high technology fields.

Community & Advocacy

PLU students, staff, faculty and alumni engage with on-campus and local organizations that offer services, education and advocacy around gender identity and gender expression.

Tolu Taiwo,  Outreach and Prevention Coordinator at the Center for Gender Equity
tolu.taiwo@plu.edu
253-538-6303

Queer Ally Student Union (QASU) – The Queer Ally Student Union serves as a resource to create a supportive and education environment for students at Pacific Lutheran University through advocacy for the queer community and addressing issues which arise for those who identify as LGBTQQIAA2. Contact: qasu@plu.edu

Diversity Center – The Diversity Center is committed to empowering the PLU community to engage in dialogue, programs, and initiatives that promote and enhance equity, agency, and action. Contact: dcenter@plu.edu

Center for Gender Equity -Pacific Lutheran University’s Center for Gender Equity supports, challenges, and empowers students, staff, and faculty to combat gender-based oppression and enact positive social change. Contact: cge@plu.edu

The Queer Student Retreat – The Queer Student Retreat is a gathering for PLU students who identify as GLBTQ. Students attending the Queer Student will make connections, build community, engage in meaningful conversation, explore issues of identity, celebrate the energies and initiatives of the GLBTQ community at PLU and have an all-around good time. Contact: CGE or Diversity Center

Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20th is the annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Founded in 1999, TDOR is an opportunity to memorialize the people murdered because of transphobia, and to bring attention to the continued violence and prejudice endured by the transgender community. Transgender people cannot be visible only when they are being mourned. Their lives matter, not solely their deaths.
Read the PLU Open Letter for TDOR 2016

Tacoma T-Men – Tacoma Tmen is a peer-facilitated discussion group for people who were assigned female at birth, who do not identify as female. This includes those who identify as male, FtM, trans men, transmasculine, trans*, genderqueer, genderfluid, gender-non-conforming, non-binary, or are questioning their gender identity.

Oasis Youth Center – Oasis is the only drop-in and support center dedicated to the needs of LGBTQ youth ages 14-24 in Pierce County. We are a youth-adult partnership in which youth and adults come together for shared teaching learning and action!

SPART*AMilitary – SPART*A’s mission is to advocate for and support our actively serving LGBT military members and veterans, and their families, while working to ensure the military provides equal opportunity for all service members regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gender OdysseyConference – Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse people. Packed with thought-provoking workshops, discussion groups, social events and entertainment, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing and community.

Gender Alliance of the South Sound – The Gender Alliance of the South Sound is a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit group dedicated to assisting the transgender community within the South Puget Sound area of Washington state. G.A.S.S. is open to all individuals who wish to learn more about their own unique inner self, and to meet and mingle with others who are likewise on this voyage of discovery. We welcome anyone upon the vast transgender spectrum: crossdressers, transsexuals (M-to-F and F-to-M), intersexed individuals, as well as spouses, significant others, friends and family.

Lambert House – Lambert House is a safe place for LGBTQ youth ages 11 to 22. Youth age 11-13 need a signed parent consent form for participation, available at the Lambert House front desk. Our calendar is packed with fun activities, support groups, planning meetings, dances, and other events. We are here to make life better for each other as LGBTQ youth.

Gender Justice League – Gender Justice League is a Washington State trans and allied activist collective headquartered in Seattle… GJL was started by a group of long time trans, queer, and allied activists who were looking to increase the community’s capacity to address cissexism, transphobia, transmisogyny and homo, bi, and queer phobias that trans, and gender non-conforming people face.

Ingersoll Gender Center – Ingersoll Gender Center (Seattle) is a mutual support and education organization for transgender, trans*, gender variant and genderqueer people, and the people who support them.

Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center – Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center promotes wellness in LGBTQ communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community. Gay City is a leading provider of HIV and STI testing in King County.

Pride Foundation – Pride Foundation works with donors, volunteers, grantees, and scholars all over the Northwest to bring full equality to the LGBTQ community. The Pride Foundation helps nonprofits, students, and leaders with a broad range of ideas for advancing LGBTQ equality get the support they need to achieve their goals.

Washington Won’t Discriminate – Washington Won’t Discriminate is broad coalition of faith leaders, law enforcement officials, businesses and concerned Washingtonians committed to protecting our state’s long-standing non-discrimination laws.

Health & Counseling

Medical Services provided by the PLU Health Center include gender-affirming care for acute illness, minor injuries, contraception, management of side effects from hormone therapy, sports physicals and travel medicine consultation. Many routine immunizations are available for a feel. Influenza vaccine is available at no charge. STI screening, condoms and dental dams are offered at no charge to students. The PLU Health Center has an on-site lab for lab orders placed by any provider, regardless of whether they are a PLU or off-site clinician.

Elizabeth Hopper, MN, ARNP
Director of Health Center
hopperea@plu.edu
(253)535-7337

PLU Health Center – Medical services provided by the PLU Health Center include gender-affirming care for acute illness, minor injuries, contraception, management of side effects from hormone therapy, sports physicals and travel medicine consultation. Many routine immunizations are available for a fee. Influenza vaccine is available at no charge. STI screening, condoms and dental dams are offered at no charge to students. The PLU Health Center has on site lab for lab orders placed by any provider, regardless of whether they are a PLU or off-site clinician.

PLU Counseling Center – Mental health services provided by the PLU Counseling Center include care in the form of individual counseling, walk-in consultation, Springboard workshops, consultation to staff, faculty and students concerned about a PLU student, mental health medication evaluation/treatment, after hours crisis support and referral. All office visits are free and confidential.

Trans Lifeline – Non-profit hotline staffed by transgender individuals. This is primarily for transgender people or people struggling with gender identity who are experiencing a crisis.
(877) 565-8860

Cedar River Clinic in Tacoma offers quality health care in a safe and culturally responsive environment. Every client who receives care at Cedar River Clinics is treated with dignity and respect.

Ingersoll Gender Center has collaborated with medical and mental health providers to provide the best and most competent services for trans and gender variant people.
List of Providers

Capitol Hill Medical (an LGBTQI clinic in Seattle) also schedules appointments for HRT, and they too operate in an Informed Consent model. In their own words, we “are a gay focused clinic that exists to serve the unique medical needs of the Seattle LGBTQ community. We are gay doctors and gay clinicians in Seattle offering primary care services to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and trans* patients. We are also certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as HIV specialists, and offer hormone therapy to our trans* patients who are in transition.”

Dr. Patricia Fawver – Dr. Patricia Fawver specializes in sex and gender positive counseling. Dr. Patty is a board-certified clinical sexologist serving Tacoma and surrounding Puget Sound areas. Her office is located on Tacoma’s westside.

Pride Counseling NW – PLU MFT graduate that works with couples, individuals, and families from all backgrounds and circumstances. Amira Fordham Erickson offer specialized counseling for the LGBTQ community, including (but not limited to) issues around coming out, family reconciliation, faith reconciliation, identity development, gender identity and transition.

Seattle Children’s Hospital – Gender Clinic – Gender-affirming care to people up to 21 years old

Queen Anne Medical Associates – Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC, is a “Gender-Friendly” practice, and we welcome you to come to our office in the gender appropriate for you. We are happy to address you in your preferred name; simply let us know how we can make you more comfortable.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) – The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the (Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. Our professional, supporting, and student members engage in clinical and academic research to develop evidence-based medicine and strive to promote a high quality of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally. We are funded primarily through the support of our membership, and through donations and grants sponsored by non-commercial sources.
Standards of Care, Version 7

Washington state health insurance topics:

PLU Couple and Family Therapy Center (Low-cost, sliding-fee scale)
Contact: 323 Garfield Street South
Tacoma, WA 98447
(253) 535-8782

Amira Fordham Erickson, MA, Med, LMFTA (LGBTQ+ counseling)
2711 North 21st Street
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 201-0203
pridecounselingnw.com
amira@pridecounselingnw.com

Elisabeth Esmiol Wilson, LMFT, PhD, LMFT (sex therapist)
323 Garfield Street South
Tacoma, Washington 98447
(253) 655-0633

Jane Ryan, MA, LMFT (sex therapist)
Ryan Therapy Services
3224 6th Avenue
Tacoma, Washington 98406
(253) 205-0704

Dr. Patricia Fawver (Board Certified clinical sexologist specializing in gender positive counseling.)
patriciafawver.com

Theresa Guajardo (Therapist)
GoodTherapy.org – Theresa Guajardo Profile

Laura Johnson, LMHC (counselor & gender therapist–will see little kids)
Psychology Today: Therapists – Laura Johnson Profile

Housing

Residential Life is committed to creating inclusive living communities that foster a sense of belonging and comfort for all students, including those who are trans, gender non-conforming, and/or identify along the gender spectrum. Residential Life at PLU routinely works with students to address issues of individual need, comfort and fit with the on-campus living experience.

Resident Assistants and Resident Directors are trained to support students through conflict, bias, or transition they may experience based on their gender identity, gender expression, and membership in any other marginalized community. Additional details available under the On-Campus Resources section.

Jes Takla, Director of Residential Programs
jes.takla@plu.edu
253-535-7597

Gender Inclusive Housing at PLU – Residential Life is committed to creating inclusive living communities that foster a sense of belonging and comfort for all students, regardless of their gender identity. Residential Life at PLU routinely works with students to address issues of individual need, comfort and fit with the on-campus living experience. Gender Inclusive Housing Application

Beginning in Fall 2017, Residential Life will be expanding the offering of gender-inclusive housing options to 3 communities (from previously 2 communities established in Fall 2013):

  • A Gender Inclusive Wing in Tingelstad Hall
  • A Gender Inclusive Wing in Hinderlie Community for Creative Expression
  • The Lavender Wing in Ordal Hall, which is a Gender Inclusive Wing and also a Residential Learning Community focused on the exploration and understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and experiences (NEW for Fall 2017)

Gender inclusive housing provides students with the opportunity to live in a community with a centralized, all-gender bathroom designed to provide additional privacy that can be used by any resident on the wing. Students interested in these communities need to submit an application that can be found on the Residential Life website. In this application, students are able to indicate if they would like to live in a single room, a double room with a preferred roommate, a double room with someone of the same gender, or a double room with someone of any gender, including their own. Gender inclusive housing is primarily open to returning students, though incoming first-year students may apply through contacting Residential Life.

For students who are 20 years old or have 60+ credits, South Hall provides an apartment-style living option that allows students to live with students of any gender when mutual roommate requests are confirmed.

Student Life Emergency Resources – Housing emergencies for current students are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you are a current student at PLU and are experiencing homelessness, please contact Residential Life or Campus Safety (if after daytime office hours.)

Oasis Youth Center – Oasis is the only drop-in and support center dedicated to the needs of LGBTQ youth ages 14-24 in Pierce County. We are a youth-adult partnership in which youth and adults come together for shared teaching learning and action!
Gay City: Seattle LGBTQ Center – Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center promotes wellness in LGBTQ communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community. Gay City is a leading provider of HIV and STI testing in King County.
Lambda Legal – Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Resources for LGBTQ Youth

Identification & Legal Documentation

Resources for questions about name and gender marker changes on official documents and in university systems.

Kevin Berg, Registrar
bergka@plu.edu
253-535-7890

Administrative & Legal Protections

Information on the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming students at PLU and in the greater community.

Connie Gardner, Associate Director for Student Rights and Responsibilities
gardneca@plu.edu
253-535-7462

Resources for Faculty and Staff