Trans* Resources

The following list highlights some of the key trans* resources available to students at Harvard College. The resources range from Harvard student organizations, such as the Trans* Task Force, to university services such as the Bureau of Study Counsel. Please visit our FAQ page for more information related to trans* resources on campus. 

Please check out the videos below for general information on gender identity, including education on gender inclusive pronouns. 

Trans* News

Trans* FAQ

How can I use my chosen name on my degree? How about my Harvard ID?

You may update your chosen name at any time on my.harvard by clicking on the pencil next to your name in the personal information tab. 

At this time only the official name can appear on the HUID card. However your official name can be derivative of your legal name (e.g. initials as opposed to the full name). Contact the Registrar's Office for this option. The reason that Harvard Campus Services requires legal name is because they need to verify a student's legal… Read more about How can I use my chosen name on my degree? How about my Harvard ID?

If I am transgender do I have to use a gender neutral restroom or can I use the bathroom of my choice?

Harvard University includes gender identity on their non-discrimination code, so people using restrooms aligned with their gender identity are protected by the university. Furthermore, there is an ordinance in Cambridge and Boston that requires businesses to allow a person to use a bathroom aligned with their gender identity. If a student faces any hostility due to their gender identity or expression, please reach out to HUPD at (617) 495-1212. The Read more about If I am transgender do I have to use a gender neutral restroom or can I use the bathroom of my choice?

What are my options if my parents refuse to pay tuition when I come out to them?

If your parents refuse to pay tuition, you should contact your financial aid officer to discuss your options at faoinfo@fas.harvard.edu, or by calling the office at 617-495-1581. Each student’s situation is different and the financial aid office will do everything possible to make sure you need not face an interruption in… Read more about What are my options if my parents refuse to pay tuition when I come out to them?

What can I do if I changed my name or gender marker after graduation to ensure future documents have my correct information.

To have your name and or gender marker changed post-graduation in student records, you must submit a name change request form and supporting documentation to the Registrar's office. Original documentation or original notarized copy of documentation (e.g. legal court document, passport, marriage certificate, birth certificate) showing your name exactly as you would like it to appear on your student record is required. Additionally, for forms submitted in… Read more about What can I do if I changed my name or gender marker after graduation to ensure future documents have my correct information.

How can I change my gender marker on student records?

To change your name and or gender marker , you must submit a name change request form and supporting documentation to the Registrar's office. Original documentation or original notarized copy of documentation (e.g. legal court document, passport, marriage certificate, birth certificate) showing your name exactly as you would like it to appear on your student record is required. Additionally, for forms submitted in person, a Harvard ID or other current… Read more about How can I change my gender marker on student records?

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Trans* Media and Library

Transgender Studies Quarterly
Stryker S. Transgender Studies Quarterly Currah P. Postposttranssexual: Key Concepts for a Twenty-First-Century Transgender Studies. 2014;1 (1-2) :302.Abstract

TSQ aims to be the journal of record for the rapidly emerging field of transgender studies. The inaugural issue, “Postposttranssexual: Key Concepts for a 21st-Century Transgender Studies,” pays homage to Sandy Stone's field-defining “Posttranssexual Manifesto” and assesses where the field is now and where it seems to be heading. Comprising over eighty short essays by authors ranging from graduate students to senior scholars, the issue takes on such topics as biopolitics, disability, political economy, childhood, trans-of-color critique, area studies, translation, pathologization, the state, and animal studies. Some keyword entries resemble encyclopedia articles (sports, psychoanalysis); others are poetic meditations on concepts (capacity, transition); still others offer whimsical and eccentric expositions of words that are more unexpected-and unexpectedly productive (perfume, hips). Some entries pose trenchant resistances to the keyword concept itself. The issue includes a substantive introduction by the editors and serves as a primer for readers encountering transgender studies for the first time.

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