Trans at Ohio State
Transgender communities have pioneered the fight for LGBTQ+ rights since the days of Stonewall and before. For individuals who are questioning their gender identity, exploring gender expression, or expressing their most authentic self, finding community is vitally important. The Ohio State University strives to support students, staff, and faculty of all genders by provding resources including trans-inclusive student housing, health care and insurance coverage, legal support, training, and more.
The following resources are avialable for transgender and gender non-conforming students, faculty and staff at The Ohio State University.
Preferred Name Policy
Students and employees have the ability to set a preferred name on my.osu.edu. For more information and steps to set a preferred name, visit our page on Preferred Name and Name Change Policies at Ohio State
Preferred Name on BuckID
Once you set a preferred name online, you can request a new BuckID with your preferred name on it free of cost. Note: Your legal name will still appear on diplomas, transcripts, enrollment verifications, and degree verifications. For more information about this process, please see BuckID Frequently Asked Questions.
If you are an employee of the University (student employee, faculty, or staff), you can set your preferred name on Workday. For steps on how to do so, visit admin.resources.osu.edu/workday/workday-for-employees/personal-information-change
Legal Name and Gender Marker Changes
For steps to change your name in the State of Ohio, click here.
- Student Health Insurance offers coverage for certain services related to treating gender dysphoria, such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and some surgucal procedures. Open the document "Trans Health Care Services with Student Health Insurance" on this page to learn more.
- Wexner Medical Center operates a Transgender Primary Care Clinic at two locations
Find additional LGBTQ+ health and wellness resouces here.
Trans Mental Health with Counseling and Consultation Services
- True Selves: A Gender Spectrum Group - offered Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
- Mental Health Community Provider Database - search for private mental health care providers in the communities surrounding The Ohio State University campuses. Searches can be be filtered by gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and more.
- Student Life Multicultural Center
- Trans*Mission, a student organization for trans, non-binary, nonconforming, and questioning students and allies
Find additional student and alumni involvement opportunities here.
- Student Life Student Legal Services
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Office of University Compliance and Integrity: Title IX
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Here are some helpful resources if you are questioning your gender identity:
Coming out, especially as trans, can be scary, but it can also be exciting and liberating! Below is a guide that may help:
The following online resources are available for allies of the trans community: