The term transgender includes a broad range of people who experience and/or express their gender differently from social expectations. Some transgender individuals identify with a gender that does not match the sex listed on their original birth certificate. Transgender is an umbrella term that includes people who are transsexual, gender queer, cross-dressers, or otherwise gender non-conforming.
Some transgender individuals undergo a process of transitioning allowing them to express themselves as the gender with which they identify. This can include steps such as dressing in gender congruent clothing, hormone therapy, and surgical procedures. Transgender individuals are often victims of discrimination, violence, and are at risk for depression and other mental health concerns often related to their experience of being marginalized.
Regular medical care by informed, sensitive clinicians is central to the lives of many transgender individuals. At HUHS, our goal is to be responsive to individual health needs.
RESOURCES AT HARVARD
Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)
Provides primary care and mental health services, as well as referrals to other resources. Contact Rue Wilson, PsyD, at 617.495.2042 for additional information.
HARVARD STUDENT GROUPS & ORGANIZATIONS
Staffed by Harvard undergraduates, Contact is a confidential, HUHS supervised peer counseling group focusing on issues of sex, sexuality, sexual orientation and gender. They provide both anonymous drop in hours and phone counseling. Thayer Basement (Enter on Old Yard Side).
Harvard College Queer Students and Allies is a student-run organization at Harvard College serving the LGBT community and its supporters. The QSA provides online resources and staffs a resouce center on campus.