Trans Friendly Education Trans-Friendly Colleges and Universities

Transgender people within higher education continue to be an invisible, often forgotten community. Only about 10% of colleges and universities have trans-inclusive nondiscrimination statements in the united states.


New York University. New York, N.Y. The “T-Party” means something very different at New York University (NYU) than it does elsewhere in the country. The T-Party is the university’s trans student group, and it is just one of many opportunities available specifically for trans and ally students to be involved on campus.

Ithaca College. Ithaca, N.Y. Although its LGBT center is only a decade old, Ithaca College (IC) has quickly become one of the best small colleges for trans people.

Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. Princeton University has become known for offering a lot of trans-specific programming and incorporating the experiences of trans people into all of its LGBT programming and services.

University of California, Los Angeles, Calif. 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.

University of California, Riverside, Calif. Although often in the shadow of the larger, more well-known University of California schools, UC Riverside (UCR) is one of the country’s most active colleges in educating the campus about trans people.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. In the last five years, the university has gone from having almost no trans-supportive policies in place to being at the forefront of trans inclusiveness, including developing a policy that supports the participation of trans students in campus sports.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. In 1971, the University of Michigan became the first college in the country to establish an LGBT office, and the university continues to be a pioneer on trans support.

University of Oregon. Eugene, Ore. While most schools are reactive to the needs of trans students and only take action when there is a problem, the University of Oregon reaches out to trans students and supports them without advocacy.

University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pa. The center not only hosts LGBT events, but many other campus activities, which contributes to an environment where trans students do not feel marginalized.

University of Vermont. Burlington, Vt. One would be hard pressed to find a more trans aware campus than University of Vermont (UVM).

In Canada every major educational institution supports the LGBT community, with some exceptions of religious schools.


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