Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming

Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate. Gender identity is a person's internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or someone outside of that gender binary). For transgender people, the sex they were assigned at birth and their own internal gender identity do not match.

Gender nonconformity, or gender variance, is behavior or gender expression by an individual that does not match the gender norms of the gender they are perceived to be by society.

People in the trans community may describe themselves using one (or more) of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, and genderqueer. Always use the term preferred by the individual.

At Middlebury

Middlebury's Gallagher Student Health Insurance may help cover transitions.

Preferred Name and Pronoun Information found here explains how to use BannerWeb to identify or change your preferred name and pronouns.

All-Gender Restrooms are welcome for anyone to use, regardless of gender identity or expression.  There are currently 14 non-residential all-gender bathrooms on campus, the locations of which you may learn more about here.

Office of Health & Wellness Education supports students’ physical, mental, social, environmental, spiritual, and academic health and wellness by integrating prevention and health promotion into students’ individual and communal lives.

Parton Center for Health and Wellness promotes student well-being in a confidential environment. The excellent medical, counseling, and sports medicine staff are available to help if physical, emotional, or interpersonal issues become a problem.

Queers & Allies (Q&A) is an organization for students of all genders and sexualities.

Queer Studies House (QSH—pronounced kwish) is an academic interest house with the mission of promoting the academic pursuit of queer studies and creating a safe space for students of all sexual and gender identities.

All-Gender Housing is defined as a housing option in which two or more students may share a multiple-occupancy bedroom regardless of the students’ sex or gender. This creates an environment where student housing is not restricted to traditional limitations of the gender binary.

Gay and Lesbian Employees at Middlebury (GLEAM) is an informal social and resource group for faculty and staff employees of Middlebury College. GLEAM's mission is to promote understanding and acceptance of all LGBTQ members of the Middlebury Community.

Vermont Resources
  • Commnity Health Centers of Burlington offers a transgender health clinic for both medical and behavioral health services.  This clinic is a safe and trans-affirmative space for patients to receive full-spectrum care including hormone replacement therapy as well as routine medical care.

  • Green Mountain Crossroads, based out of Brattleboro, connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power.  They believe in building, renewing, and supporting rural LGBTQ people, and in prioritizing their voices.  They offer support groups and trans-specific resources.
  • Outright Vermont’s aim is build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth (ages 13-22).  They offer trans support groups that meet monthly for both the young people who identify as trans and the parents/guardian of a trans youth.
  • Pride Center Vermont (PCVT) is New England’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters.  They have compiled a section of resources, health care professionals, and readings to address some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding Trans and non-conforming identity.

  • Translating Identity Conference (TIC) explores a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community, but the nation as a whole.
National Resources
  • CDC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health includes pages on LGBT health cover a range of health topics for queer and trans individuals.
  • Center Gender Identity Project provides support for transgender people, peer counseling, support groups, referral, advocacy, professional training on gender dysphoria. Their hotline is available at 212-620-7310, ext-251.
  • Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement seeks to build a national organization to address, organize, educate and advocate for the issues that are important to the LGBTQ Latin@ community.
  • Gendercast is a podcast exploration of gender and what it means to live in, challenge and exist beyond the binary.
  • It Gets Better Project is an organization whose mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
  • Matthew's Place includes resources for getting involved in the community, networking, and many other resources related to LGBT issues.
  • Mautner Project is a national organization that supports health for lesbians, bisexual women, and trans women who partner with women.
  • The Mazzoni Center offers three full days of workshops and activities focused on the health and well-being of transgender people and our communities.
  • Queerability is an LGBTQ and disability rights advocacy organization run by for LGBTQ people with disabilities and works to ensure that the voices of LGBTQ people with disabilities are heard in the conversation around LGBTQ and disability.
  • Sins Invalid is a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized from social discourse.
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.
  • Trans-Health is one of the web's most trusted and visited resources on transsexual and transgender health and fitness.
  • Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative supporting grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people.
  • Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC) seeks to empower the community by building a pipeline of activists engaging and connecting with one another to create a holistic movement of support, resources, and education by and for transpeople of color.
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