FAQ

  • Question: How do I change my preffered name in the SSU system?
    • Answer: Here's a handy PDF graphic for you to use!
  • Question:  Do all people who identify as transgender have gender reassignment surgery?
    • Answer:  No, some people can’t or choose to opt out of the surgery.  A reason why someone can’t have the operation is because their insurance won’t cover the cost of surgery and resources aren’t available to pay for the operation.  A person may opt out of surgery because of the pain and recovery time that goes along with having the surgery.
  • Question:  Do all transgender people dress as their gender identity?
    • Answer: No, a person’s appearance and expression varies.  Some individuals who identify as transgender can choose to carry themselves as cis woman or man, meaning that they conform to binary categories.  
  • Question: Does sexuality have anything to do with transgenderism?
    • Answer:  No, a person’s sexuality has nothing to do with their identity of being transgender.  In other words, a person can identify as transgender but have an attraction to the opposite sex.  Being transgender doesn’t equate to being gay or bisexual.
  • Question: My friend is using new pronouns but it's hard for me to remember what they are, can't I just stop using them?
  • Question: Can I ask my professors to call me by a different name and use different pronouns? How do I talk to them about that?
    • Answer: Yes! You have the right to be called whatever you want! An easy way to do this is to email your professors before the semester starts! Here's a template from the Gender Book Blog:

      Dear Professor [name],

      My name is [Preferred name], and I will be attending your course [blank] on [days] at [time] this [term]. I am transgender and have not yet legally changed my name. On your roster is my legal name, [Legal name]. I would greatly appreciate it if you refer to me as [Preferred name] and use [pronouns] when referring to me. Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to starting your course next week.

      Sincerely,

      [Preferred name]