FREEDOM TO BE YOURSELF
We are happy to support our transgender, genderqueer, gender nonconforming and/or gender questioning community. Use our Trans Guide to learn more about campus resources, supportive programs and special events connected to gender identity and expression at UCR. It includes guidance on everything from how to change your name on university records to local trans-related community resources.
We are currently updating this section, because some community resources have recently changed.
You can also browse our Community Resources Guide for more LGBT resources in the Riverside and San Bernardino area.
Yes, UC employee insurers offer coverage of hormone therapy, psychological counseling and certain transgender-related surgical needs. Learn more here.
Are trans-related health needs covered by the undergraduate or graduate health insurance programs (USHIP AND GSHIP)?
USHIP and GSHIP cover hormones therapy and cover gender confirming surgeries. However, the campus is still working on access to medical providers for these benefits.
Students are encouraged to speak with LGBTRC Director Nancy Tubbs if they wish to learn more about campus procedures related to trans health.
If you have also legally changed your name and would like to change that on records as well, a note may be added to the “Change or Correction of Name Form” requesting that the registrar also change your gender to the correct one.
You may change your gender on student records without legally changing your name by making a request with the Office of the Registrar.
Please Note: Housing does not use student records for noting residents' gender, but rather defers to responses on the online housing application, which allows students to choose “male,” “female” or “self-identify (fill in a response).”
Any name change must first be legally changed under state and federal law (this same policy applies to other name changes, such as when students take a spouse's name). Students requesting a change or correction of name must complete a “Change or Correction of Name form and present it with a photo ID and legal documentation (such as a court order, birth certificate, or passport) showing the correct name to the Office of the Registrar. Learn more about the process and download the "Change or Correction of Name Form.
See our Single-Occupancy Restrooms page for a guide to all of the single-occupancy restrooms on campus.
The University of California added "gender identity" to the non-discrimination statement in 2004. The statement was updated again in 2008 and is stated below.
The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy,1 physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.2 The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities:
The Office of Faculty and Staff Affirmative Action at UCR addresses questions and concerns regarding equal employment opportunity.
The UCR Hate/Bias Response Team addresses bias incidents, including UCR people targeted based on their gender identity/expression.
The LA Gay & Lesbian Center's Trans Health Program offers services on a sliding scale. The Transgender Health Program provides comprehensive primary health care as well as trans-specific services such as pap smears for trans men, prostate exams for trans women, and hormone-therapy supervision and post-surgical care for those who have undergone sex-reassignment surgery. Learn more here.
The Gender Inclusive Housing Option allows students to room with any other student, regardless of physical sex or gender identity. This option is available in the Pentland Hills residence hall and features private, single-person restrooms and showers. You can explore this option and also check out UCR Housing Policies Related to Gender Identity/Expression and Stonewall Hall, the LGBTQIA residence hall community (also in Pentland Hills) at our Housing page.
The UCR Health Center will make referrals to an off-campus medical practitioner with expertise in transgender hormonal therapy. If the student plans to use their student health insurance to cover the hormone therapy and referral doctor care, the student should first make an appointment with a UCR Health Center physician to get a referral. The student will then visit with a Student Health Insurance Program staff person to learn how to access insurance coverage for the referral medical appointments. LGBTRC staff members are available to act as student advocates during this process. In addition, with a referral or doctor's request, the UCR Health Center will also conduct medical tests such as blood screens, and send the test results to the referral doctor. The campus is working on a list of referral doctors.