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The LGBT Resource Center recognizes that transgender students may have specific questions relating to their experience here on campus. This guide is designed to help make life on campus as easy to navigate as possible. This page contains both general resources, as well as FAQ’s specific to campus life. We are always looking for new ideas and better ways to say things please feel free to submit your ideas. If you have additional questions, concerns, or would like assistance, please contact Sandra Parcher the Program Director at 719.255.7527, or email email@example.com. The LGBT Resource Center would like to oragnize a meet and greet for transgender on campus. If you are interested in attending or helping please email or call us: firstname.lastname@example.org (719) 255-7527. We'll be happy to hear from you.
Peak Area Gender Expressions (PAGE): 719.217.8896
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UCCS Student Counseling Center
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What is (Un)heard Transmasculine People of Color Speak!?
(Un)heard:Transmasculine People of Color Speak! is an audio/visual ethnographic project about the lives and experiences of transmasculine people of color. By sharing first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about transgender people and people of color, and to educate people about a marginalized, and often invisible, group. The exhibit explores many aspects of gender identity and gender variance, and shares these important, ground-breaking stories with the general public, who might not be knowledgeable about people who are transgender, as well as with members of queer/trans communities, who might be equally unfamiliar with the experiences of transmasculine people of color. The exhibit celebrates a range of views, opinions, and experiences that are unique and empowering to transgender people everywhere.
Why is this project important?
The past two decades have seen an increase in conversation about transmasculine experiences and identities. However, the experiences of transmasculine people of color are often misunderstood, ignored, unaddressed, and unheard. To date there is no other mixed media project that focues specifically on the expereinces of transmasculine people of color. By utilizing in-depth audio interviews and intimate portraits, (Un)heard seeks to move transmasculine (transgender, ftm, bois, masculine of center) people of color identities and community from margin to center and addresses issues of personal triumph, loss, desire, community, relationships and discrimination. At the most basic level, (Un)heard combats transphobia and racism by breaking silence and making the invisible visible. By encouraging people of all ages to affirm and appreciate diversity, this traveling exhibit contributes to the process of dismantling the destructive power of prejudice and intolerance, thereby making the world a safer place for all individuals.
Interesting Genderqueer Sites http://genderqueerid.com/
Gender Queer Identities
A few years back, I had heard of the word “queer” (both used to insult and reclaimed in empowerment) and was well-acquainted with LGBT identities and culture, or so I thought…I hadn’t ever seen the term “genderqueer” until around 2009/2010! Perhaps I just wasn’t looking in the right places, frustratingly enough. When I finally did dig deeper, I was overcome by how strongly certain related concepts and identities resonated with me.
I’ve come to realize that understanding oneself is a life-long process (for example: certain aspects of your identity may be fluid or fixed, provoked by nature or by choice, influenced by loved ones), though of course the going can be a little less rough if you can uncover not only concepts but people and even whole communities that share the sensibilities of your quest for self-discovery. Maybe you’ll even find like-minded threads of thought and experience “Aha!” moments along the way.
Please update your resource list for Peak Area Gender Expressions (PAGE). I am a facilitator for PAGE and am doing internet searches for our group to update our group's information.
The phone number that you have listed is no longer a valid contact for PAGE.
PAGE does not have a direct phone number, address or website. We belong to the Colorado Springs Pride Center so the address, phone & website below belong to the Pride Center. The best way to contact us directly is via the e-mail at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. I've pasted more info about PAGE below for your information.
Also, on a different note, if you need more information, resources or if you'd like a group or individual to come in and talk with students or classes about Transgender issues, please contact Dana Stevens at email@example.com.
Background: Dana is the President for the Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Pride Center, a co-facilitator for Peak Are Gender Expressions (PAGE, a TG support group), an event organizer for Mile High Transgendered Meet-up, and is involved with various organizations and committees including Tau Sigma Kappa (TSK, Denver's Tri-Ess Chapter).
TSK does Outreach events at various universities and college campuses from Laramie to Pueblo with audiences ranging from 5 to 500. TSK did an Outreach at UCCS for Spectrum last year and would love to do it again.
Please let me know if you need more information.
Peak Area Gender Expressions (PAGE)
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays every month at 7pm at the Colorado Springs Pride Center, 2508 E. Bijou Street Colorado Springs, CO 80909, (719) 471-4429
1st Tuesday meetings is our potluck - you don't have to bring something to participate in our potluck. Also, "General Issues Discussion"
3rd Tuesday meetings: "Info Sharing Session"
We provide support, resources, social events & activism opportunities for Transgender people, family & friends.
We have many guest speakers throughout the year including community leaders from various organizations, therapists, doctors, businesses that invite Transgender clients. We have at least one "clothing exchange" event per year, usually in the springtime so people can build a wardrobe or try new styles for free. We provide many social events outside of our meetings including parties, shopping, clubbing, hiking, Pridefest, Renaissance Festival, etc.
FAQ’S FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS
1. What is the transgender community like at UCCS?
UCCS is working to create a more transgender inclusive and affirming campus. Presently, we have been fortunate to have several transgender students who have spoken out to affect policy and institutional recognition of transgender life here on campus.
2. Is there a non-discrimination policy regarding gender identity?
In 2007, the State of Colorado added “sexual orientation” to the state’s employment nondiscrimination laws. Sexual orientation in state law is defined to include heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender status. In 2008, the State of Colorado added “sexual orientation” to the state’s housing and public accommodations nondiscrimination laws with SB200. This covers colleges, and again, sexual orientation in state law is defined to include heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender status. The UCCS administration is presently working with the Regents to add gender identity specifically to the college’s policies on nondiscrimination and inclusion.
3. Are there transgender/intersex specific groups here on campus, and what are some ways I can get involved?
Presently, there are not transgender/intersex specific groups on campus, but there are two student groups that specifically include and address the transgender community: SPECTRUM and the Queer Student Union. In addition, the Counseling Center has expressed interest in sponsoring a transgender or intersex group based on student interest.
4. Do you have any counselors on campus that know about transgender issues?
The counseling center on campus has been heavily involved in the LGBT Task Force, and there are counselors available who are competent in working with the transgender community. In addition, you can contact the local Pride Center for additional counseling resources who have had years of practice and experience working with the transgender community.
5. Are there gender neutral restrooms on campus?
Please see our newest page under the RESOURCES tab called "Gender Neutral Restrooms." The linke is: http://www.uccs.edu/lgbtresourcecenter/resources/gender-neutral-restrooms.html This map displays the most current locations of restrooms on the UCCS Campus. If you have any questions or issues regarding this subject please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Is on-campus housing transgender-friendly?
Transgender students are valued members of the on-campus living community at UCCS. UCCS recognizes and respects the gender identity the student has established with Housing, including instances when a student begins transition mid-year. In order to provide support for the needs of incoming and current transgender students, we encourage students to meet with the Director of Housing, Ralph Giese. The Director of Housing is a member of The Chancellor’s LGBT Task Force, and Housing and the LGBTRC work in partnership to ensure transgender students are afforded a safe and affirming living environment. Each floor is co-ed (with the exception of the all-female floor), though at present, each suite is gender-specific and has its own restroom facilities. Staff will not ask for any more information than is required to meet the student’s housing needs, and all disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential. All Housing team members, including RA’s, have received diversity training to include transgender-specific information. Should a student have a concern related to housing and the student’s gender identity, the student should set up an appointment to speak with the Director of Housing or the LGBTRC Program Director right away.
7. What if my roommate(s) freak out?
If students have a conflict with a roommate because of their gender identity or expression, students should contact the Director of Housing, Ralph Giese, or the LGBT Resource Center Program Director.
8. Where can I find transgender-friendly roommates?
The LGBTRC can make space available to post for transgender-friendly roommates at the LGBT Resource Center located in the MOSAIC Office.
9. Are athletic facilities transgender-friendly?
The Athletic Department has recently joined The Chancellor’s LGBT Task Force, however, transgender-specific concerns have not yet been addressed.
10. How can I change my name on campus records?
Names can be changed on campus records by completing the Name Change form available from the Admissions and Records Office, located in the Main Hall. Once this form has been submitted, the new information will appear on all campus information, to include rosters. Should the student submit a name change mid-session, the student may wish to speak with instructors to ensure they have correct information. Having a name and gender change through the Admissions and Records Office effectively changes the student's information when that information is accessed in the future (such as for course registration, the directory listing, and transcripts). If a student encounters any challenges in this area, they should make an appointment to speak with the Registrar, Steve Ellis. The Registrar is a member of the Chancellor’s LGBT Task Force and is aware of obstacles transgender students may face. In addition, students can contact the LGBTRC for further assistance.
11. How can I change my gender on campus records?
With regard to campus records, students need to present documentation verifying their new gender information. A Colorado Driver’s License or Colorado State ID is permitted. To change your gender on your Colorado Driver’s License or Colorado State ID, please see the following guide. Because laws and policies can change frequently, we also encourage you to speak with the DMV Office you’ll be visiting to ensure they have the most up-to-date information and forms. In general, your gender can be updated on your Colorado State issued ID by completing form DR2083 and associated requirements (a statement from your physician). For additional information about this process, you might also contact Peak Area Gender Expressions at 719.217.8896 or The Gender Identity Center of Colorado at 303.202.6466. For certain federal information, including your FAFSA documents, you will need to have your social security card updated as well. To change your name and gender with the Social Security Administration, visit www.ssa.gov for details. Please also contact PAGE or GIC for specific guidance on changing your gender with social security if you have not yet completed surgery.
12. Is Student Health Services knowledgeable about transgender health issues?
Yes. While only some of the Student Health Center staff has worked with transgender students, all staff members are trained to be sensitive to the issues experienced by current and potential transgender patients. The Student Health Center works diligently to provide a safe, caring environment where all patients are treated with the respect that they deserve. You should expect this during each of your visits, and if you do not receive this degree of service, please contact the Director of the Student Health Center directly so the issue can be addressed. Her name is Stephanie Hanenberg and her e-mail is email@example.com.
13. Does the student health insurance plan cover services for transgender students?
Partially. Transgender students are covered in general under the policy, and students can access transgender-specific services such as hormone-replacement therapy. Presently, the UCCS Student Health Insurance Policy does not cover surgery for transgender students, however, the Student Health Center team is researching opportunities for this possibility. For more information and complete details, please make an appointment to speak with the Director of the Student Health Center, Stephanie Hanenberg. She is a member of The Chancellor’s LGBT Task Force, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. What is the process for UCCS students to access medical and mental health services for issues regarding transgender identity, hormone therapy, etc?
For students who identify as part of the transgender community, and have begun, or are beginning, their transition, there are a number of processes that can be followed. Major points of contact include the LGBTRC, the Student Health Center and the Counseling Center. All of these agencies should have an understanding of the health insurance policies that come into play (with the exception of the LGBTRC), the competency to address the needs of transgender students, and the ability to communicate to each other regarding the services you may be seeking. These processes are set forth as a way of understanding the way you may access the health services you need: The LGBT Resource Center can help connect you with social and support activities on campus and within the community. In addition, the LGBTRC is happy to provide additional navigation assistance. Students who are interested in beginning hormones may begin by accessing the Student Health Center. Medical practitioners at the Student Health Center may be able to continue courses of hormones that have been previously prescribed by other medical professionals that the student has secured hormones from in the past. Students who have never been on hormones may need further diagnosis and evaluation. Medical staff at the Student Health Center can assist with this. Students who are struggling with their gender identity, or issues related to gender identity, may access the Counseling Center as a first point of contact. Students who have concerns that can only be addressed with care beyond the length currently available through the Counseling Center may be referred to on off campus provider that is knowledgeable about the transgender community.
15. Are the police on campus transgender-friendly?
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) Police Department is in the process of coordinating training with the LGBT Resource Center for all of their patrol officers. The Chief of Police, Jim Spice, along with his entire senior staff have been to the LGBT Resource Center and have completed Safe Space Training through SPECTRUM. In addition, the UCCS Police Department has assigned a liaison to SPECTRUM, Officer Lisa Dipzinski, to assist with any issues or concerns. Officer Dipzinski is also an instructor for the Safe Space Training program. We have an excellent working relationship with the campus police. If there are any problems or concerns with the UCCS PD, please contact the LGBT Resource Center. The UCCS Police Department also employs student Parking Enforcement Officers (PEO’s) as well as student and staff Residential Security Officers. Neither of these groups have received transgender specific training at this time.
16. Are their academic programs that focus on transgender issues?
Check out the Matrix Center and WEST to learn more about LGBT and Queer Studies programming available at UCCS.
Last Updated: 2/1/2012