Trans @ UCLA

UCLA is a Top 10 Trans-Friendly Campus! 

Campus Pride Index LGBTQ-Friendly Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Gender Identity/Expression Score: 5 out of 5 Stars

“University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was among the first schools to cover hormones and surgeries for transitioning students under its student health insurance, and the university has developed an easy process for students to be able to access these benefits. In the last three years, more than a dozen students have benefitted from this coverage. The campus is also very accessible to trans students, with gender-inclusive athletic facilities and more than 120 gender-inclusive bathrooms. UCLA’s LGBT Campus Resource Center is now developing a mobile app for people to be able to find these bathrooms easily, and the campus transgender and gender-nonconforming student group is working on a needs assessment to ensure that the population is best being supported.”

UCLA Nondiscrimination Policies

Is gender identity a protected class under university policy?

Yes. The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State Laws and University Policies, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth), physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services (including membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services). The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.
Inquiries regarding the University’s student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the UCLA Campus Counsel, 3149 Murphy Hall, Box 951405, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405, (310) 825-4042.

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, 2241 Murphy Hall, (310) 206- 3417, titleix@conet.ucla.edu, or the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights at ocr@ed.gov. Students may grieve any action that they believe discriminates against them on the ground of race, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age by contacting the Office of the Dean of Students, 1206 Murphy Hall. Refer to UCLA Procedure 230.1 available in 1206 Murphy Hall or at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/2710531/PACAOS-110 for further information and procedures.

For more information, please visit http://catalog.registrar.ucla.edu/uclacatalog2015-16-783.htm 

To report a hostile-climate incident, please visit http://www.reportincidents.ucla.edu/.


Are gender identity and gender expression protected classes under UCLA’s Nondiscrimination in Employment policy?

Yes. It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the University of California on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. This policy applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, merit increase, salary, training and development, demotion, and separation. This policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable state and federal laws and University policies.

To read the full University of California Nondiscrimination in Employment Policy, please visit http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4010391/PPSM-12.

For more information on employment protections, please visit Campus Human Resources.

Name Change & Preferred Name Processes

Legal Name Change

Legal Name Change Process for California

Court-Ordered Name Change:

  1. Fill out court forms (Form NC-100, NC-110, NC-120, NC-130, and CM-010).
  2. Make at least two copies of all your forms. 
  3. File your forms with the court clerk.  You will need to pay a filing fee ($395 in LA County, as of April 2012). To find your local courthouse, visit  http://www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm. Fee waivers are available: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-feewaiver.htm.  You will be assigned a court date to appear before a judge.
  4. Publish the Order to Show Cause for Change of Name (NC-120).  This must be posted in a newspaper for four consecutive weeks before your court date. Ask your court for a list of approved publications. The cost of publication can vary greatly among the various approved newspapers, so be sure to check the prices before submitting Form NC-120 to the courthouse.
  5. Attend your court date.  Bring a copy of Form NC-130 for the judge to sign, as well as proof that your Order to Show Cause was published in the newspaper.
  6. Get your Decree Changing Name from the Court. It is advisable to get at least one or two certified copies.  You can use this to change your name on your birth certificate, Social Security card, and other government-issued identification.

Social Security
California Driver's License
California Birth Certificate After Legal Name Change
California Birth Certificate After Gender Reassignment
United States Passport

For assistance navigating a legal name change as it impacts UCLA documents and records, please contact Student Legal Services.


Preferred Name

 

Can I use a preferred first name?
Yes. Effective January 5, 2015, UCLA students may request that a preferred first name be entered in their student record through the Settings tool in MyUCLA. Once the request has been approved by the Registrar's Office (which may take up to 3 business days, or longer during high-volume periods), the preferred name will be viewable across different campus applications once departments determine best practices to adapt their use of it.

Will my preferred first name appear on all UCLA records?
Not all. The preferred first name initial phase-in will include certain tools in MyUCLA, class roster, grade roster, campus directory, and unofficial transcript. With a preferred name, a student's legal name will continue to be used for certain university records, documents, and business processes where deemed necessary or required (e.g., BruinCard, financial services, official transcript, diploma, and official verifications).

Are there any first name restrictions?
The University reserves the right to remove or deny the preferred first name request if used inappropriately. This includes, but is not limited to, names using foul or inappropriate language or names submitted to avoid a legal obligation or to create misrepresentation.

Does a preferred first name affect my legal name?
No. An approved preferred name does not change a student’s legal name. Students who wish to change their legal name should use the Legal Name Change Form through the Registrar's Office.

For questions about UCLA’s Preferred Name Process, please visit http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/faq/namefaq.htm or contact Kate Jakway Kelly.

Bruin Card
For information about changing your name or photograph on your Bruin Card, please contact Raja Bhattar.

 

On Campus Housing

Gender-Inclusive Housing on the Hill

For more information about gender-affirming housing options through UCLA, please contact Sharon Chia Claros: schiaclaros@orl.ucla.edu.


Gender, Sexuality, and Society Theme Community

The Gender, Sexuality, and Society Theme Community provides a living and learning environment to raise awareness and educate students around topics of gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and social justice. This community creates a safe and supportive space for students from all backgrounds to openly share their ideologies and work collaboratively toward mutual learning and understanding of each other.

All students, regardless of identity or major, are invited to participate on the floor as topics of gender and sexual orientation are discussed in a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment.

For more information about the GSS floor, please visit https://reslife.ucla.edu/theme/gss.



Gender-Inclusive Restroom Map

UCLA Interactive Campus Restroom Map

Trans Health and Medical Services

Student Services and UC SHIP Coverage


UCLA offers one of the most comprehensive coverage plans for trans students under UC SHIP, with benefits including: doctor visits, hormone therapy, travel, and medical procedures. To be seen by someone at the Ashe Center specializing in trans healthcare, please call the Ashe Center and ask for a trans care appointment or go to the 2nd floor of the Ashe Center and ask for Christian in order to schedule an appointment with Monique.

For more specific information regarding insurance, please read the 2016-2017 UC SHIP Student Brochurevisit the UC Office of the President’s UC SHIP website, or contact Barbara Rabinowitz, Student Insurance Manager at the Ashe Student Health Center. She can be reached at (310) 825-3416 or brabinowitz@ashe.ucla.edu.

Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center (ASHE):The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center provides comprehensive medical care for all registered UCLA students. We are committed to creating a nurturing and non-judgmental environment for all of our patients. We will coordinate care for our transgender students at any stage of their journey. Appointments can be scheduled through the patient portal, or by calling the center at 310-825-4073. Students enrolled in UC SHIP (the UC Student Health Insurance Plan) should verify the details of their insurance coverage by speaking with someone in the insurance department, or emailing insurshs@ashe.ucla.edu.


UC Employee Benefits

As of July 1, 2005, UC’s employee insurers began offering coverage of certain transgender-related medical and surgical needs. 

For an overview of what is covered under UC Transgender Health Benefits, please visit Campus Human Resources or download the UC Transgender Health Benefits fact sheet.  Employees are advised to check the medical plan’s booklet for details regarding eligibility for transgender health benefits and covered/exclusive care. All services require preauthorization and/or may require members to follow plan guidelines in obtaining services to ensure services are covered.

UC employees and their covered family members should feel free to call their insurer’s member services department with questions about the coverage, since the insurers indicate they have trained their customer services staff in this regard. Should they have additional questions, employees are encouraged to call the UCOP staff member who helped negotiate the coverage: Joan Manning, 510-987-0746. 

 

Community Medical/Physical Health Resources

Children's Hospital Los Angeles Transyouth Health and Development:

Johanna Olson, MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the care of transgender youth, gender variant children, youth with HIV, and chronic pain. 

UCLA Gender Health Program:

UCLA's Gender Health Program is though UCLA Health rather than the Ashe Center making it a great option for UCLA students that don't have UC SHIP, members of the UCLA community, and those that utilize the UCLA Health system. Their mission is to provide healthcare for children, adolescents, and adults who are transgender or gender non-conforming that is sensitive to everyone’s individual needs.  

LA LGBT Center Transgender Health Program:

The L.A. LGBT Center provides a welcoming and accepting environment where you are free to be yourself. Dr. Maddie Deutsch, a leading expert in transgender health care, heads the Center’s Transgender Health Program, which provides comprehensive primary health care as well as trans-specific services.

St. John's Transgender Health Program:

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center welcomes all patients regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or presentation. They provide comprehensive transgender health services in a safe and welcoming environment where patients are free to be themselves.

Trans-Health:

A website that provides information on health and fitness for transgender and transsexual people.


 

Mental Health Services

Gender Identity Group

For students who are exploring and/or identify as transgender, gender nonconforming, and/or non-binary in their identity and expression. Issues commonly addressed include: challenges coming out to oneself and others, negotiating gendered environments, establishing identity affirming relationships, coping with minority stress and gender binary norms, accessing health and social services supportive of trans people, addressing issues related to the transitioning process and adjustment to new social identities.

If you are interested in joining the Gender Identity Group through CAPS or have any questions, please contact Dr. Saeromi Kim at skim@caps.ucla.edu.

Counselors in Residence

The LGBT Campus Resource Center has four CAPS Counselors in Residence who host both clinical and drop-in consultation hours for LGBTQ students at the LGBT Center. For more information, please visit our Counseling Services page.

24 Hour Mental Health Line: (310) 825-0768.


Community Mental Health Resources

Los Angeles Gender Center:

The Los Angeles Gender Center provides an environment of safety, support, and understanding for exploring gender and sexuality. We are eight experienced therapists who specialize in gender identity, transgender, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexuality, relationships, and intimacy. We assist adults, adolescents, children, and their families with facing the challenges and embracing the enrichment of exploring gender and sexuality.

LA LGBT Center:

The LA LGBT Center provides sliding scale individual and group counseling. Transgender Support & Empowerment groups (transgender male to female and transgender female to male) are for individuals who identify at various points along the gender spectrum (e.g. transgender, gender-queer, gender nonconforming). They offer a safe and therapeutic space where members can process their thoughts and feelings about relevant issues associated with gender.

Some examples of discussion topics can include exploration of “coming out” challenges, exploring inquiries related to the process of transitioning, examining experiences of transphobia, identifying strategies for maintaining safety, and developing an identity-affirming support system.

FTM Alliance Strong Minds:

FTM Alliance has a list of Southern California based therapists they update fairly regularly.

Additionally, they have two peer support groups that meet regularly (check the calendar for the next date or contact info@ftmalliance.org).

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. If you are a youth who is feeling alone, confused or in crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 for immediate help.

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have. This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. While our goal is to prevent self harm, we welcome the call of any transgender person in need. We will do our very best to connect them with services that can help them meet that need. If you are not sure whether you should call or not, then please call us.

GUYS CHAT (meets on the third Sunday of every month at Plummer Park Community Center)--The Guys Chat is open to anyone assigned female at birth or in childhood who no longer feels that label is complete or accurate. (In other words…if you self-identify as trans, genderqueer, or if you are questioning, you’re welcome to attend!) Please do not bring friends or significant others to this meeting.

LOTS MEETING (meets on the third Sunday of every month at Plummer Park Community Center)--LOTS is a supportive space for partners, parents, friends, allies and others in relations with trans/genderqueer folks.

 

Student Involvement

Organizations

TransUP (Transgender UCLA Pride)

UCLA’s Transgender and genderqueer‐centered group that focuses on finding social equality through discussions and advocacy, open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  To learn more, please email transuclapride@gmail.com.

SONG (Society of Non-Binary Genders)


Programs

Alliance through Intergroup Dialogue (AID)

AID is a peer-based diversity education leadership program run by the Intergroup Relations Program. AID members develop programs that promote dialogue outside the classroom, throughout campus, and in the community. AID also strives to raise awareness of the diverse social identities of UCLA students and the power dynamics of privilege and oppression that accompany them.

For more information or to apply to be a Diversity Peer Leader, visit the Intergroup Dialogue website.

GenderGap Gender-Affirming Clothing Drive

The UCLA GenderGap Clothing Drive is an community service oriented event initiated by several LGBTQ student organizations at UCLA and the LGBT Campus Resource Center. GenderGap is held annually during and features a three week clothing drive followed by a two day clothing swap, allowing UCLA students to find lightly used gender-affirming clothing as well as professional attire. Any clothes that remain after the clothing swap event are donated to a local nonprofit benefiting queer members of the greater Los Angeles community.

For more information about GenderGap, please visit http://uclagendergap.weebly.com/

To find how you can get involved as a member of this year's planning committee or to volunteer for the event, contact Megan van der Toorn


Greek Life

Like for all students, finding the right fraternity or sorority to join is all about fit. While fraternities and sororities are protected under Title IX as single sex/single gender organizations, each Greek Life chapter has its own language on inclusion. 

UCLA does features both a queer-inclusive sorority, Gamma Rho Lambda, and a queer-inclusive fraternity, Delta Lambda Phi. Transfer students may be interested in joining the co-ed transfer fraternity, Chi Alpha Phi.

Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL)

Gamma Rho Lambda, Zeta Chapter, at the University of California, Los Angeles was founded in the spring of 2009. It is an all-inclusive woman’s social sorority exemplifying the qualities of tolerance, diversity, unity, and trust, which provides a network of assistance in the areas of scholastic guidance, emotional support, and community service while ultimately developing the lifelong bonds of sisterhood.

For more information about GRL, visit: https://grlzeta.wordpress.com/

Delta Lambda Phi (DLP)

Delta Lambda Phi is an international social fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men. Our motto of "Making our presence make a difference" continues to push us toward our goal of making a positive and lasting change in the lives of our Brothers and our community. Together, we seek to enhance the rights and visibility of UCLA's diverse LGBT population while also providing educational and social initiatives to strengthen the student body from within.

For more information about DLP, please visit: http://dlp.org/gamma/


Conferences

Many great opportunities exist throughout Southern California and statewide to network with other students and professionals in various fields. Check out some of the annual conferences in California below:

Asterisk Trans* Conference

Join us for a college conference to build community for trans* people and allies, to address trans* health and well-being, and to provide education and resources for trans* youth advocates. Organized by Asterisk of UCR and the LGBT Resource Center, with support from The California Endowment, the conference welcomed over 350 participants in 2015. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to attend.

For more information about Asterisk, please visit: http://asteriskconference.blogspot.com/.

BlaqOUT

We cordially invite all folks who self identify as Black/AfricanAmerican or of African Descent and as Same Gender Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or somewhere on the LGBTQ Spectrum, to apply to attend.

Through this conference, we hope to create safe and courageous spaces that foster the discussion of issues relevant to those who self identify as Black/African American or of African Communities on the LGBTQ Spectrum. Various Workshops, keynotes, and activities will be designed to unite our community and equip us with the resources necessary to face issues that affect us as marginalized individuals.

For more information about BlaqOUT, please visit: http://blaqoutucr.blogspot.com/.

Queer and/or Trans People of Color Conference

The University of California, Berkeley is proud to announce that the Queer and/or Trans People of Color Conference will be hosted here on April 29th to May 1st.

For more information about QPOCC, please visit: http://facebook.com/qtpocc2016.

SoCal LGBT Health Conference

Join us for our second annual Southern California LGBT Health Conference at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine . Here, you will take part in the dynamic conversations on healthcare’s hottest issues, learn from health care leaders in the community, and engage in interactive workshops that will prepare you for the future of LGBT inclusive health care.

This year’s theme is Intersections in Queer Health: Never a Single Story.

Our goal is to stimulate thought and learning around various topics relating to LGBTQ health and wellness in the context of individual lives and stories. Through the conference, we hope that attendees will learn about health disparities and culturally competent care provision for LGBTQ patients while also coming to understand how sexual orientation and gender identity intersect with cultural, psychosocial, and socioeconomic factors in the realm of health. We hope that participants will learn how to cross these intersections when providing excellent LGBTQ-sensitive care.

For more information about the SoCal LGBT Health Conference, please visit: http://www.socallgbthealthconference.org/.

Campus Recreation

Does UCLA recreation policy cover inclusion based on gender identity and gender expression?

Yes. In keeping with the University’s policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression, UCLA Recreation supports and values an individual’s right to access and utilize recreation facilities, restrooms, locker rooms, programs, and services in accordance with an individual’s gender identity and gender expression.  Participation in club sports may have policies related to player eligibility that are stipulated by the national governing body of each sport.  While the department does not have control over governing body policies, we support and advocate for the inclusion of all players, regardless of gender identity and gender expression.

For more information, please visit UCLA Recreation.

For questions related to inclusion in campus recreation, please contact Rich Mylin.

Does UCLA have gender-inclusive changing facilities?
Yes. The John Wooden Center, the Bruin Fitness Center (BFit), and Pauley Pavilion offer gender-inclusive changing facilities on campus.

Educational and Community Resources

Los Angeles Community Organizations

FTM Alliance of Los Angeles:

A community-based organization dedicated to empowering the female-to-male [FTM] transgender community, and to increasing the visibility and acceptance of FTMs in Southern California.

Gender Justice LA:

A Los Angeles based non-profit organization working to build the collective power of the transgender community. We operate several programs, including a campaign for affordable quality healthcare, advocacy and education, and community wellness programs.

TransSolidarity:
Building solidarity among transgender and gender queer people, partners, parents, families, and allies in Los Angeles.

LA Gay & Lesbian Center:

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s broad array of services for the entire LGBT community includes many programs developed specifically to meet the needs of both MTF (male-to-female) and FTM (female-to-male) transgender people, including job seeking, support groups, and legal services.

Lifeworks:

LifeWorks is the youth development and mentoring program of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. We offer one on one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth ages 12-24. Our goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational.

South Bay Center:

The Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Transgender Community Organization is to provide a focal point for the members of our community in the South Bay for education, social interaction, personal growth, and political power, and to foster public understanding of our community.

SoCal Queer Events:

The goal of this site is to serve the queer, gender diverse, trans community and spread the word about public events in Southern California. These include social gatherings, political action, drag shows, support groups, and just about anything safe & open.

Trans* Athlete:
Trans* Athlete is a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans* inclusion in athletics at various levels of play.



Education & Information

 

Trans 101:

Terminology and Frequently Asked Questions

I Think I Might Be Transgender, Now What Do I Do?

Coming Out as a Transgender Person:
This workbook is designed to assist in your journey of coming out to family and friends as a transgender person. This material is not intended to be an exhaustive resource, but a review of current information and suggestions, as well as a series of organized to help you navigate this journey.

Pronoun Dressing Room:
Pick your pronouns and try them on.

Gender Neutral Restrooms:

UCLA Campus Map of Gender Neutral Restrooms

Refuge Restrooms:
REFUGE seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender non-confirming individuals. When the Safe2Pee website passed out of functionality, it left a hole. Refuge seeks to, once again, provide a valuable resource for trans and queer individuals who find themselves in need of a safe restroom to use.

Learning Trans:

Learning Trans is a project, the goal of which is to produce, and to highlight trans community-produced knowledge.

We Happy Trans*:

A web and video series that provides space for sharing positive trans experiences. We Happy Trans* welcomes stories and input from the community.

Project TMOC:

Youtube video channel of 14 Transgender Men of Color of all different ages, from all different walks of life sharing their experiences and opinions living as Men of Color during their Transitions. 

International Foundation for Gender Education:

IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people. We advocate for freedom of gender expression and promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Cis-gender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Hijra, Kathoey, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Butch, Femme, Faerie, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course - You!


FTM International:

The Voice of FTMs throughout the world. FTM International and cognate groups have represented FTMs at numerous events worldwide, informing and educating diverse communities about our lives.



Suggested Best Practices for Supporting Trans* Students on Campus


For a complete list of resources, please visit our Trans Resources page.