Trans @ UCLA

Learn more about resources offered for trans students at UCLA and David Geffen School of Medicine.

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.”

Updates and Changes

Information coming soon

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,, or the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights at 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 for further information and procedures.

For more information, please visit:

To report a hostile-climate incident, please visit


A message from Jessica Price, Interim Title IX Coordinator, on supporting and affirming Trans and gender rights within UCLA


 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

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

Name Change & Preferred Name Processes (UCLA)

We are excited to announce that as of November 4, 2019, the legal name field has been removed from the back of UCLA BruinCards. Students with a registered preferred first name will no longer have a legal name printed on the back of their BruinCards, and their preferred first name and legal last name will continue to appear on the front of the card. This change follows years of discussion and advocacy on behalf of UCLA students, staff and faculty, including members of Transgender UCLA Pride, Queer Alliance, Committee on LGBTQ Affairs, Office of the Dean of Students, UCPD, Campus-Counsel, BruinCard Center, Undocumented Students Program and the UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center.

There is no requirement for students to have their existing BruinCards reissued. However, the BruinCard Center is providing one free card exchange for students with a registered preferred first name who wish to update their current campus BruinCard to the new format. The exchange is redeemable until June 1, 2020.

Please note that preferred first name printing is not available for all student BruinCard holders or formats at this time (the feature is currently unavailable for students with a medical BruinCard, for example). Additionally, the format change may prevent BruinCard from serving as identification for HR onboarding processes, such as completing the I-9 form.

More information can be found on the BruinCard Preferred Name FAQ.

Thank you to the students, staff and faculty who have worked diligently and collaboratively on this effort. This change uplifts the identities of all students who go by a name other than their legal one, such as transgender and nonbinary students and international students, creating a more inclusive and affirming campus community.

Legal Name Change on Campus

If you have legally changed your name, you must update all University reflects to reflect your name change. In order to do so, please follow the instructions on the Registrar’s website here:

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 ($435 in LA County, as of July 2017). To find your local courthouse, visit Fee waivers are available:  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
National Center for Transgender Equality ID Documents Center

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 or contact Kate Jakway Kelly.

How do I change my name on my UCLA email address? 

Once you are logged in to your UCLA email via Gmail, click the wheel in the top right-hand corner labelled "Settings." Under "Settings," select "Account and Import." Under "Account and Import," scroll to "Send Mail As" - there will be an "edit info" option to the right hand side. There you can add your preferred name. Once your preferred name is added, click "make default" on the right hand side so it will appear instead of your legal name when emails are sent. 

Bruin Card

We are excited to announce that preferred first name is now being printed on the front of student BruinCards! Full legal names will be printed on the back of the card. BruinCard has collaborated with multiple departments in order to implement this change and is proud to contribute to UCLA’s initiative to create an inclusive campus environment for all students. Students who would like preferred name to be displayed on their first BruinCard should follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Register your preferred name with the UCLA Registrar’s Office on MyUCLA.
  2. Wait one business day for the change to display in BruinCard’s system after you receive confirmation your preferred name has been approved.
  3. Your BruinCard will be printed with your preferred first name on the front, and legal full name on the back of the card.

If you have already received your BruinCard and would like to exchange your current card for one that displays preferred first name, you may do so at the BruinCard Center after following  steps 1 and 2 above. Please note that there is a $5.00 fee to exchange any BruinCard. If you are student who identifies as transgender or gender non-conforming and paying the administrative fee is a financial difficulty for you, please contact LGBT Center Director, Andy Cofino, at the UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center or email If you have any feedback on this process, don’t hesitate to contact the Bruin Card office!

For information about changing your photograph on your BruinCard, please contact Andy Cofino.


Name Change & Preferred Name Processes (DGSOM)

How to Request a Preferred First Name at DGSOM

On request, a preferred first name can appear on certain student records.

Students may request that a preferred first name be used on certain student records. Use the Settings tool in MyUCLA to start the process.

Once the request has been approved by the main campus Registrar’s Office (which may take up to three business days, or longer during high-volume periods), the preferred name is viewable across different campus applications after departments determine best practices to adapt their use of it.

The preferred first name is used in certain MyUCLA features, class rosters, grade rosters, and the campus directory. A student’s legal name continues to be used for certain University records, documents, and business processes where deemed necessary or required (e.g., financial services, official transcript, diploma, and official verifications).

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.

An approved preferred name does not change a student’s legal name. Students who wish to change their legal name must use the Legal Name Change or Correction form.

Once your preferred name has been approved by main campus, please forward the approval confirmation with your preferred name to the DGSOM Registrar to update your records at the School of Medicine.

The Equity and Diversity Inclusion Office at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will help medical students navigate thourgh the process of requesting name changes on ID badges as the process is still pending. For assistance email, please let us know what we can help you with, indicate your urgency or if you prefer request an appointment with Drs. Valencia Walker, Kathy Brown or Lynn Gordon.

Student Records

Admissions Application

UCLA students have the optional opportunity to disclose their sexual orientation and gender identity on their admissions application. The application reads: “Any information you provide in this section will be used for statistical analysis only. It will not be used in your admission evaluation and will have no bearing on your eligibility for admission. Providing this information is optional.”

Preferred and Legal Name Changes

Students who use a different name than their legal name can input a preferred name in MyUCLA which will be integrated into a variety of university databases and record systems, but not all. For more information on preferred name at UCLA, please consult the Name Change and Preferred Name Process tab.

If you have legally changed your name, you must update all University reflects to reflect your name change. In order to do so, please follow the instructions on the Registrar’s website here. For more information on legal name changes at UCLA, please consult the Name Change and Preferred Name Process tab.

Students who use a different name than their legal name can input a preferred name in MyUCLA which will be integrated into a variety of university databases and record systems, but not all. For more information on preferred name at UCLA, please consult the Name Change and Preferred Name Process tab.

Gender Marker

Students who wish to change their gender marker with student records can do so through the Settings tool in MyUCLA.


On Campus Housing

Gender-Inclusive Housing on the Hill

UCLA is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and positive living environment for all students. Because gender identity, sex assigned at birth, and outness are unique to each trans and nonbinary student, Housing will work with students individually to figure out the best housing environment for them if they do not wish to live on the Gender, Sexuality, and Society floor. Gender inclusive housing is available to any student who requests it.

If you opt into gender inclusive housing on the Housing Application (screenshot below), Housing Services will reach out to you via email about future steps. For more information about gender-affirming housing options through UCLA, please contact Melissa Faybik at

For more information on rooming and roommate assignments, room signups, and assignments by housing services visit

Gender-Inclusive Restroom Access on the Hill 

If you are seeking access to gender-inclusive restrooms on the Hill due to your gender identity/expression, please contact DeVaughn King, Residential Life Area Coordinator of Rieber Court, at, for more information.

Once you are granted access to gender inclusive restrooms on the Hill, you will be automatically given access each year you live in university housing. Students who have access to gender inclusive restrooms will get access to them across the Hill and not just in their building.

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

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 2019-2020 UC SHIP Summary of Benefits Coveragevisit the UC Office of the President’s UC SHIP website, or contact Elvire Van Spall, Insurance Specialist at the Ashe Student Health Center. She can be reached at (310) 794-5614 or

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

UC SHIP Transgender Benefits at a Glance

UCSHIP Transgender Benefits Flier

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. 

Transgender Health Benefits
Transgender Health Benefits Fact Sheet

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.

Trans Wellness Center:
Guided by an eight-person Community Advisory Board comprised of transgender and non-binary people to ensure community needs are met, the Trans Wellness Center provides hormone therapy and transition resources; HIV testing and care; mental and sexual health services and education; occupational training; and housing and legal services, among others. 

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.


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. Jade Garneau-Fournier at

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.

Trans Wellness Center:
Guided by an eight-person Community Advisory Board comprised of transgender and non-binary people to ensure community needs are met, the Trans Wellness Center provides hormone therapy and transition resources; HIV testing and care; mental and sexual health services and education; occupational training; and housing and legal services, among others. 

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

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


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


Diversity Peer Leaders

Intergroup Relations offers an academic year-long peer diversity education & leadership paid internship program for UCLA undergraduate and graduate students. IGR Diversity Peer Leader (DPL) receive intensive training in intergroup dialogue facilitation, leadership skills, and conflict resolution. The skills and knowledge gained are then applied (a) in the facilitation of workshops and dialogues focused on issues of diversity for UCLA community members, and (b) in the planning and implementation of social media and art initiatives or other events that creatively address diversity and social justice issues at UCLA.

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

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, click here.

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:


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:


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:


La Familia de UCRChicano Student Programs, and the LGBT Resource Center of UC Riverside invite you to join Un Espacio For Our QT Community at the 2nd ¡Presente! Conference on February 9-10, 2018.

The ¡Present! Conference is a queer college conference for Latinx/Chicanx/Indigenous/PoC, with a focus on people who self-identify with the Latin/South/Central American diaspora or Brown or Indigenous. People of all genders and sexualities are welcome to apply to attend Saturday's events. Friday's opening is free and open to all.

For more information, please visit:

Queer & Asian Conference (QACON)

Each year, QACON brings together more than 400 attendees from all across the U.S. for a weekend of queer & Asian celebration, empowerment, education, and community here on the UC Berkeley campus. We're so excited to host this year's 11th annual conference on April 27-29, 2018! As always, our conference is free to all attendees and everyone is welcomed. So please come out for an exciting weekend of workshops, speakers, and community building! More information about the upcoming conference can be found on

 and if you have any questions, feel free to chat with us at

For more information, please visit

Queer and/or Trans People of Color Conference

The University of California, Riverside is proud to announce that the Queer and/or Trans People of Color Conference will be hosted here on February 28th - 29th, 2020.

For more information about QPOCC, please visit:

SoCal LGBT Health Conference

2018's Conference - Resistance Through Healing: A Call To Action

The LGBTQIA community has made great strides in healthcare equality in recent years. In 2014, the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination provision began ensuring that transgender patients could not be denied health insurance on the basis of gender identity. The 2015 legalization of same-sex marriage afforded queer couples more health care rights and access than ever before. More health research now includes transgender and bisexual populations. Standards of primary care are becoming much more mindful of transgender health care, such as hormone therapy. Most recently, a landmark case publicly ruled against the sex reassignment surgery of an intersex toddler, among other victories.

However, the current political climate threatens to dismantle the advances we’ve made and undermine the health of our community. From the removal of LGBT questions from the 2020 U.S. Census to the military ban on transgender healthcare to the deliberate sabotaging of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, the queer community has experienced an all-out assault on our rights and health. Hence, we have centered the 2018 conference theme around resistance. We seek to empower health workers to advocate for our community’s most vulnerable, steadfast in the knowledge that we are stronger together and the belief that no one should be left behind.

For more information about the SoCal LGBT Health Conference, please visit:

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.

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

Educational and Community Resources

Los Angeles Community Organizations

Trans Wellness Center:
Guided by an eight-person Community Advisory Board comprised of transgender and non-binary people to ensure community needs are met, the Trans Wellness Center provides hormone therapy and transition resources; HIV testing and care; mental and sexual health services and education; occupational training; and housing and legal services, among others. The Trans Wellness Center was formed by through a unique partnership of six local community organizations: APAIT (Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team); Bienestar; Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Friends Community Center;  Translatin@ Coalition; and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.


Trans* Lounge:
Welcome to Trans* Lounge, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s groundbreaking education, empowerment and social program dedicated to serving Los Angeles’ trans and gender non-conforming community. Anyone who identifies as trans* or GNC is welcome to become members of Trans* Lounge. It’s free to join and once you are a member, all of our programs (workshops, labs, groups and events) are free to attend.


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.

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

LA LGBT Center:

The L.A. LGBT 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 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