The following are resources for trans, gender-variant, and gender questioning people and allies at Michigan State University. This page hopes to gather information and resources related to gender identity and expression for Spartan community. Click on the heading to see the applicable resources.
If you have legally changed your name and want to update it throughout all of your university records, you should bring a legal document indicating the change, a driver’s license, voter registration card, social security card, passport, or marriage license to Room 150 of the Administration Building. You may also submit your request by mail or fax (517-432-3347), including legible copies of your documentation.
You can use your preferred name in all areas of the university except for those where legal name is required (e.g., federal forms, financial aid, etc.). If you prefer to use a name other than your legal name, you can submit you preferred name, which will appear on your Student ID and in class rosters on D2L. Michigan State University allows you to change your name and update it throughout all your university records. The link to the name policy FAQ can be found here: Name Policy Frequently Asked Questions
**If you are looking to legally change your name, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund‘s Name Change Project provides free legal name change services to low-income transgender people through partnerships with some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms and corporate law departments. It is available in Ingham County on a case-by-case basis. The link for the intake form can be found here: Intake Form Link
To change your gender marker with the university (only “male” or “female” are currently available), you can do so through the Registrar’s office (Room 150, Administration Building). No legal documentation is required.
Your gender marker varies by department where it shows up. Your gender marker does not appear on D2L or in class rosters. Gender is mostly used by Olin Health Center and Student Housing. Your gender marker also appears in “Student Details” on STUINFO as well as for MSU Jobs as this is for tax purposes.
At this time, you cannot control where your gender marker does and does not show up. Changing your gender marker will have it show up as that particular marker throughout university systems. Legal names, however, still appear where legal names are required.
Inclusive Restroom Map
Jump over to our page on all gender, accessible restroom facilities at Michigan State here.
On Campus Housing
The Department of Residence Education and Housing Services and the LGBT Resource Center are dedicated to providing safe and comfortable living environments for all students, including those whose gender identity and/or expression differs from the sex assigned to them at birth.
A transgender student looking for a supportive living arrangement in the residence halls should contact one of the staff members listed below. Because of limitations in the available housing options, there is no guarantee that all of a student’s preferences can be met, but we are highly committed to working with the student to find the best accommodations possible.
If you would like more information on housing for transgender students/flexible housing options, please contact:
Student Organization: TransAction
TransAction is a student organization dedicated to trans and gender non-conforming students and their allies. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the organization and how to be in kinship with members of the organization.
Students at MSU have the opportunity to be involved in intramural sports through our Recreational Sports and Fitness Services department. Intramural sports are bound by the same rules governing all student organizations, meaning they cannot discriminate on the basis of “age, color, gender, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.” Students may participate in leagues with the gender they identify with. For more information about the participant policies for club sports, check out the handbook here.
Services on Campus
- The MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services has an LGBT Liaison, Ginny Blakely, for students who need to talk to someone about their gender identity.
- SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Group) is a confidential, small support group for LGBTQ students.
For more information about either of these opportunities:
- E-mail Ginny Blakely; or,
- Visit Counseling and Psychiatric Services in Olin on the 3rd floor
Health Services on Campus
MSU Student Health Services provides transgender students with medical and psychological services to optimize overall physical and psychological well-being and self-fulfillment. Their primary provider team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants is trained to provide medical care for persons of all genders. In addition, they have staff to provide ongoing care for students receiving hormone therapy while away from their home provider.
If you have already started hormone replacement therapy, and would like to continue you HRT while at MSU, Olin Health Center has physicians who are able to provide ongoing medication refills to students with a documented treatment plan. Olin Health Center does initiate hormone replacement therapy. In order to do this, Olin requires a referral letter from a qualified mental health professional as required by the Standards of Care (Version 7) of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health. Olin created a page explaining their Services for Transgender Students.
It is most helpful if your complete medical records are available to review prior to your initial appointment at Olin, including:
- Diagnostic evaluations from primary care, psychiatric, and specialty physicians;
- Medication prescription information; and,
- Treatment and therapy plans.
You can sign a release for the Medical Records Department to request your records, or records can be faxed directly from your provide to MSU Student Health Services. Medical Records can be reached at 517-353-9153 (phone) or 517-353-9153 (fax).
MSU also offers students, faculty, and staff two HIV testing options at Olin Health Center:
- Confidential Testing During a Clinic Visit
- During a routine primary care visit, your provider may give you the option to be tested for HIV. HIV testing is routinely offered to patients in college as part of regular health care. If you choose to be tested during your primary care visit, the testing will be confidential, but not anonymous. There will be a charge for the HIV test, and results are generally available in 2-5 business days.
- To schedule a primary care visit, call 517-353-4660.
- Free & Anonymous at Health Education
- Free and anonymous HIV testing is offered through Health Education Services at Olin Health Center. You can find more information about Health Education Services or schedule an appointment at this web address or call them at 517-353-4660.
Health Services in the Area
The following are medical providers in the area who specialize in supporting trans patients:
Trans-friendly doctors can be found through Transgender Michigan’s website here.
You can also find sexual health and testing options in the local community.
Planned Parenthood provides STD/STI testing and education, as well as women and men’s health care services. Planned Parenthood’s services are offered on a sliding scale and some are free for those who qualify. Sliding scale prices are a beneficial resource for those who do not wish to be on their parent’s insurance. Planned Parenthood lists gender identity as one of the characteristics that they do not discriminate against.
The Ingham County Health Department STI Services provides clinical services in the strictest of confidence to all county residents who seek care and/or education for the prevention of STIs. While trying to continue to offer services at a low and/or no cost, they ask for clients who are able to provide a donation. To make an appointment, call 517-887-4424.
Providers: Please consider this resource from the nursing department of USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. It provides insight in to what health care providers can do to better support trans patients:
The LBGTRC can not endorse any practitioners not associated with Michigan State University. Some of our community members have worked with the following in Michigan for speech language services.
- Jennifer Gostin, Voice Therapy – Speech Pathologist
- Ann Arbor, MI (University of Michigan)
- Jody Stark, Voice Training
- Ypsilanti, MI (Eastern Michigan’s Music Therapy Center)
- Elizabeth Terrel, Acting and Voice Training
- Central Michigan University’s Carls Center
- Mount Pleasant, MI
Discrimination and Harassment Redress
The Office of Institutional Equity prohibits sexual harassment, which includes harassment of a sexual nature based on one’s gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Discrimination or harassment based on gender that does not involve unwanted attention is prohibited gender discrimination under MSU’s Anti-Discrimination Policy and is also investigated by OIE. For more information about OIE, you can check out their website and also see their page specifically for people who identify as LGBTQIA.
- Family Acceptance Project
- The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education, and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBT children and youth.
- A support and community website for transsexual, intersex, and genderqueer people.
- Trans Youth Family & Allies (TYFA)
- A wealth of resources for parents and youth, including a discussion group for parents and educational programs among other resources.
- Transgender Michigan (TGMI)
- Transgender Michigan’s primary mission is to provide advocacy, support, and education while serving to create coalitions in the state of Michigan to unify and empower transgender and gender non-conformist communities.
- Transgender Visibility Guide
- A guide designed by the Human Rights Campaign about being yourself and connecting with loved ones.
- Health and fitness for transgender and transsexual people by transgender and transsexual people.
- Transgender Support Groups
- A world-wide list of transgender support groups.
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