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Transgender Resources

Case Western Reserve's Non-Discrimination Policy includes protections against discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

Campus Resources

Crisis Line

  • Trans Lifeline - (877) 565-8860 
    • For transgender people currently in need of support and assistance. This helpline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people, and is supported by donors.

Local Resources

TransFamily of Cleveland

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. The TransFamily support group meets the Second Saturday of every month 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM.

Gender Queer Discussion Group

The GenderQueer discussion group meets every Thursday at The Center from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. This group is led by community members and is open to all non-binary folks. MTF, FTM, Bi-gender, A-gender, GenderQueer, Gender-Fluid, etc. For more information, contact Maya Simek at or at (216) 651-5428 x 18.

Online Resources



Transgender is an umbrella term for individuals whose gender identity is different from the one assigned to them at birth. Transgender individuals may be women, men, neither, or both; or they may or may not fit into the gender binary, and may or may not have a gender at all. Some common identities that fit under this umbrella include genderqueer, gender non-conforming, genderfluid, non-binary, agender, culturally-specific gender identities such as Two-Spirit for certain Native and Indigenous American peoples, bakla in the Philippines and hijra in South Asia, trans woman, and trans man, though the possible language is certainly not limited in any way. Often, transgender will be shortened to trans or trans* to acknowledge the multitude of identities held in this community. 

Transgender is not a sexual orientation; transgender people may experience their sexuality in any way. It is also important to acknowledge that while some people may fit under this definition of transgender, they may not use this language to identify. We should respect the language that individuals use about themselves.