Case Western Reserve's Non-Discrimination Policy includes protections against discrimination based on gender identity or expression.
TransFamily of Cleveland was founded to provide support and education for transgender persons, their families, friends, and significant others. We are associated with PFLAG to promote awareness of transgender persons and their issues. We are also associated with SSAFE to bring awareness to our school systems, through their principals and counselors, by offering literature, speakers, consultation, and support.
Transgender is an umbrella term for indivduals whose gender identity is different from the one assigned to them at birth. Transgender individuals may identify as women, men, neither, both, or something else entirely. Some common identities under this umbrella include genderqueer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, agender, Two-Spirit (used by some indigenous Native American communites), trans woman, and trans man. Often, transgender will be shortened to trans* to acknowledge the multitude of idenities held in this community.
Transgender is not a sexual orientation; transgender people may have any sexual orientation. It is important to acknowledge that while some people may fit under this definition of transgender, they may not identify as such.
Transsexual refers to a person who identifies as a gender or sex other than the one they were assigned at birth. Transsexual individuals sometimes medically transition. Not all transsexuals can have or desire medical transition.