Trans-friendly student health insurance policies on campuses around the country

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

You’ve seen this kind of disclaimer on most applications you’ve ever completed: So-and-so does not discriminate against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, or national or ethnic origin. But you might or might not see a clause about sexual orientation. And you'll rarely see one with protections for gender identity and expression.

Only about 10 percent of colleges and universities have trans-inclusive nondiscrimination policies—a disheartening statistic.

Trans students face a number of well-documented challenges when applying to, and ultimately attending, institutions of higher education. These problems range from gender-inclusive bathrooms and housing, to allowing for the use of preferred name and gender in college records, and even admission itself. Because in most cases a patient under the age of 18 must have parental consent and a diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria (formerly Gender Identity Disorder) from a medical professional, prospective college students have usually not transitioned before they apply to college and/or arrive on campus.

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