Trans at SU
A Note About Language
We use the word "trans" to encompass all people who transcend the socially constructed confines of gender and/or whose gender identity does not align with the sex assigned to them at birth (at least not all the time!). This may include people who identify as transgender, transexual, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender nonconforming, agender, and more.
For many years, we chose to use an asterisk after trans (trans*) in our materials. The intention of this asterisk was to explicitly denote that trans communities are inclusive of a broad number of people, including non-binary people, people who do not have gender confirmation surgeries, and people who do not experience body dysphoria. However, we've come to believe that "trans" is already inclusive of all these identities, and adding an asterisk may unintentionally imply that these identities are not "trans enough."
We believe that language is fluid and dynamic, and we continuously evaluate the language we use in an effort to be as inclusive and affirming as possible. We know that our efforts will always be imperfect, and we welcome the opportunity to engage in dialogue about the language we use; the goals for which we strive; the intention and impact of our programs, events, and trainings; and anything else that may be on your mind. If you'd like to have a conversation with us, please feel free to email email@example.com.
Resources for Trans People on Campus
- 2016-2017 Housing Lottery Information (see page 5 for gender inclusive housing options)
- Generation Q Learning Community
- The Counseling Center
- Goldberg Couple and Family Therapy Center
- Embody Discussion Group
- Need assistance finding a trans friendly provider at Health Services or the Counseling Center? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Questions about SU's student health insurance? Please email Linda Deon at email@example.com.
- Check out the Transgender Rights Toolkits from Lambda Legal, especially the one for transgender college students.
- Janet Mock, writer, TV host, activist, and trans woman of color, shares her coming out story.
- Kit Yan, a queer, transgender, and Asian American slam poet, performs "Third Gender", a poem about gender and sexuality. Please note that Kit uses explicit language in this poem.
- Kat Blaque, vlogger, illustrator, activist, and Black trans woman, discusses "Why Pronouns Are Important To Trans People."
- Ashley Mardell, a queer YouTube vlogger, explores language about gender and sexuality in two parts: Part 1 / Part 2
Gender Inclusive Bathrooms Map
This map denotes the locations of all gender inclusive bathrooms on the Syracuse University campus. Gendered bathrooms are a frequent site of harassment and violence for trans and gender nonconforming people. Establishing gender inclusive bathrooms is a step towards ensuring that people with marginalized genders can participate fully and safely in public life. To learn more or to get involved, check out Peeing in Peace: A Resource Guide for Transgender Activists and Allies.
If you would like to add a gender inclusive campus bathroom to this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.