Transgender Care

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Health Services provides transgender care to SUNY Oswego students.  Students will need to meet with a medical provider for an initial appointment prior to starting hormonal therapy.  Health Services also will provide collaborative care with providers for students that have already begun hormonal therapy.  Counseling Services offers consultation, group and/or individual counseling for students exploring or seeking to align their gender identity.  
  • Resources

Oswego Preferred Name Policy:

  • Preferred Name Policy: The SUNY Oswego preferred first name policy allows students and employees to officially notify the college of their preferred first names, and have this change reflected in on-campus communication systems, as long as the preferred first name is not used for purposes of misidentification, fraud or misrepresentation and that the preferred first name meets community standards (i.e. not profane, obscene, or derived from hate-speech; and conform to technical requirements).

Support Groups:

  • Transgender Alliance of CNY: The Transgender Alliance of CNY is a social support organization that meets each month.
  • The Q Center at ACR: The Q Center programming seeks to promote equality, celebrate diversity, and create a safer, more accepting and inclusive community for all.
  • True Selves: Gender Spectrum Support Group: Counseling Services Center provides a weekly support-based counseling group for students who identify on the trans spectrum. This includes anyone whose gender identity does not aliugn with the sex assigned to them at birth (or not all the time), including but not limited to someone who is transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, or agender.
  • The Queer Health Guys: The Queer Health Guys are here to break down barriers to improve medical education on queer health, and to directly support queer folks who are trying to play an active role in their medical care. 

Community Building:

  • PFLAG-Oswego County Support Group: Parents, families, friends, and allies united with LGBTQ people to move equality forward. There are also meetings that focus on people that are transgender.
  • Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center: The SU LGBT RC provides community building, outreach and visibility, and intellectual and leadership development that centers the experience of people with marginalized sexualities and genders. 

Funding and Donation:

  • Ties That Bind of CNY: Collects new and pre-owned washed chest binders and donates them to transgender youth and adults in need free of charge.
  • Jim Collins Foundation: The mission of the Jim Collins Foundation (JFC) is to fund gender-confirming surgeries for transgender people who need it.
  • Point of Pride: Works to benefit trans people in need through gender-affirming support programs that empower them to live more authentically.
  • The $500 Eddie "Future Greatness" award: Supports and promotes higher education. This award is dedicated to helping youth with the desire and ambition to succeed. It is available to all LGBTQ youth and their allies.

Health Providers:

  • LGBTQ Providers: GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Health.
  • SAGE Upstate: Promotes the well-being of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and allies in Central New York through health programs, social activities, and education.
  • Center of Excellence for Transgender Health: The mission of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health is to increase access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming health care services for trans communities.

Legal Documents:

Crisis Hotline:

  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860  Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.

All-Gender Restrooms:

  • Marano Campus Center Arena, 1st floor- ADA Unisex Restroom
  • Tyler Hall, basement and second floor- ADA Unisex Restroom
  • Scales Hall- all-gender single occupancy restroom on each floor
  • Walker Health Center- three all-gender restrooms
  • Waterbury Hall- all-gender single occupancy restroom on each floor

*Waste baskets can be found in the stalls of the men's rooms in Funnelle, MCC, and the Library.

*Description of the links were pulled from their website

  • Therapists

Goldberg Center

In addition to their general caseload, therapists on the Trans Team work with transgender individuals, couples, and families, providing general therapy, helping families become more attuned to their transgender family member, navigating with clients through the process of gender transition, and providing letters of support for medical gender transition.
  • Gamete Banking

NYU Fertility

The NYU Langone Fertility Center works with members of the LGBTQ community to help you start or expand your family. Their services, include intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, and the use of donor eggs, donor sperm, and gestational carriers, also known as surrogacy.
  • Gender Affirming Surgeries

CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery

Electing to transition, either socially, medically, both, or not at all, is a personal choice. We provide medical and aesthetic expertise so that you can make an informed decision about your gender reassignment procedure

Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester

The team at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester will walk you through all of the specifics that you can expect from surgery and the recovery process.

Boston's Children Hospital

The Center for Gender Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital offers gender affirmation surgery services to eligible adolescents and young adults who are ready to take this step in their journey. It is the first center of its kind in the U.S. in a major pediatric hospital setting.

University of Rochester Medical Center

Jil M. Johnson, D.O. provides minimally invasive gynecology surgery
  • Books

  • Videos

The resources below are intended to provide information on the benefits and risks of HRT based on one's assigned sex at birth.

Trans 101 - The Basics

5 Tips For Being An Ally


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