LGBTQ Resources

Here you can get access to a number of different supportive resources that center on LGBTQ+ life at UChicago and beyond. 

If there is anything you would like to see here, or any resources that you would like more information on, feel free to reach out to us by email at lgbtq@uchicago.edu

We are excited to welcome you to campus! The University of Chicago has long been a place where queer students and allies have thrived. Here you will find a diverse and vibrant LGBTQA community.

The queer community is centered around the Office of LGBTQ Student Life, whose mission is to serve as the hub of the LGBTQ community on campus. The Office provides numerous events, resources and leadership opportunities for all students at the University of Chicago. We encourage you to check our website  frequently to stay informed of events in the community, as well as to connect to resources. The (U)Chicago Queer Compass, published by the Office, is an excellent guide to queer life on and off campus.

We've got everything you need here to adjust to queer life on campus and in the City of Chicago. Whether you're looking for a student organization to get involved in, or need help navi"gay"ting Chicago, this website will provide the resources you need.

Be sure to visit the home for the Office of LGBTQ Student Life at 5710 South Woodlawn. We hope to see you soon around campus!

The University of Chicago is a welcoming and supportive place for transgender and genderqueer students. In 2006, the University added gender identity into its Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment Policy, ensuring that all students, regardless of their gender identity, are "accepted as an autonomous individual and is treated without regard to characteristics irrelevant to the participation in the life of the University."

  • Athletics
    • Intramural Sports
      • The University of Chicago offers same gender and coed sports for both individuals and teams. These sports are open to all University students. Students interested in participating in intramural sports will be asked their gender on their intramural entry form. Gender for the purpose of intramural sports is the gender listed with the University
    • Locker Rooms
      • Gender-neutral, single-user locker rooms are located in the Ratner Athletics Center. The private, "family" locker rooms are available upon request from the entrance attendance. Check in with the entrance attendant to request a key to the locker rooms.
      • Note: The "family" locker rooms are not available during Family Swim times. Family Swim occurs on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also, during the summer, Family Swim will also run on Monday and Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8:45 pm. These times may change, so visit the Athletics Facilities Hours website for the most updated information.
  • Campus Housing
    • College Housing
      • It is important that we create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and supportive of our students. Open Housing is the UChicago Gender Neutral Housing option. Making Open Housing available for students who do not find traditional same-sex room assignments ideal or appropriate connects directly to the University’s diversity mission. The Open Housing option allows second-, third- and fourth-year College students the choice of living with other second-, third- or fourth-year students, regardless of gender. College Housing will not assign anyone to an opposite-sex roommate unless requested. It is a choice that is available in all Houses, except those traditionally designated as single-gender. Students will not be assigned to Open Housing unless they have elected to do so. Declaration Forms can be found here
      • There is no specific number, or limit, of Open Housing rooms on campus. Open Housing will exist across the housing system except in those Houses that are designated as single-sex. Our priority is to meet the individual needs of our diverse student community. We encourage students to maintain an open dialogue with their families. Students over the age of 18 are legally able to make decisions about their housing contracts. Student under 18 should discuss housing plans with their families, as they must provide parental consent. Students are not required to reveal their reasons for opting to live in Open Housing.
    • Restrooms in Housing
      • If you need access to a gender-neutral restroom, it is important to communicate that need to College Housing on the housing application. Students can also email College Housing at housesystem@uchicago.edu, or call them at 773-702-7366
    • Non-Open Housing Options
      • College Housing will assist students who cannot or do not wish to participate in Open Housing. If you need assistance with your living arrangements, please indicate this on your Housing Application, by indicating you need a roommate arrangement that is appropriate for your situation. This can be indicated under the "Please list any factors that would help us to choose a reasonably compatible roommate for you (Please note that roommate assignments are made without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or other factors prohibited by law)" question on the The University of Chicago House System Undergraduate Housing Application.
    • Contacting Undergraduate Housing
      • The staff in College Housing are available to help students determine what is personally going to be the most helpful housing assignment for them, including finding housing that takes into account gender-neutral bathroom requests.  Students should email College Housing at housesystem@uchicago.edu, or call them at 773-702-7366.
      • For more information about the College House System, along with up-to-date policy information, please visit them at http://housing.uchicago.edu.
    • Graduate Student Housing
      • The University offers graduate students living arrangements in 1,300 units in 28 apartment buildings owned and managed by the University. Because all housing is selected by the student, all graduate housing is gender-neutral.
  • Chicago Resources
    • Chicago Gender Society
      • The Chicago Gender Society is organized and operated for social, charitable and educational purposes. More specifically, CGS is a social, and educational organization for all members of the Transgender community, their supporters and for the benefit of the public. The goal of CGS is to provide social and educational activities for its members, the transgender community and its supporters and the general public. It seeks to promote a positive self-image for transgender individuals in the business community, in the media and the general public. CGS is neither a therapy group nor a dating service. Each member is responsible for their own conduct.
    • Chicago Women's Health Center
      • Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC) is a collective that includes health care providers, counselors, outreach health educators, and doctors who work together to provide health education and affordable, respectful, and accessible gynecological and mental health care to women and trans people in the Chicago area. In 1975, a group of women healthcare providers and activists formed the health center for women in the community.
    • Genderqueer Chicago
      • Genderqueer Chicago is a free and open community group whose mission is to: bring people together to talk and think about gender in new ways; increase visibility of gender variant people; and educate the larger Chicago community on issues of importance to people in the gender variant community.
        Genderqueer Chicago holds weekly safe discussion meetings, create city-wide activities, and host a community blog. This blog, like all GqC events and activities, is open to anyone who wants to talk or think about gender or identity.
        Genderqueer Chicago is not an activist group or political campaign. Genderqueer Chicago is an inclusive community, and anyone wishing to take part is considered family.
    • GenderWork
      • GenderWork is Chicago's social, support, and activist group for FTM (female-to-male) female-assigned, masculine-identified individuals. Whether you are pre-op, post-op, non-op, on T or not, GenderWork welcomes you. This includes but is not limited to FTMs, transgendered men, transsexual men, transmen, intersex transmen, genderqueer folks, butches, transitioned men, transguys, bois, drag kings, bi/poly/pan/omni gendered, stone butches, trannyfags, two spirit, tomboys, femme tg bois, and non-gendered folks...wherever you are on the gender spectrum or in your journey of transition (or non transition), or if you are just questioning, please join GenderWork!
    • Illinois Gender Advocates
      • Illinois Gender Advocates (IGA) is the organization in Illinois performing public advocacy for transgender people. We petition for changes in the law and provide public education about transgenderism.
        Membership in Illinois Gender Advocates is open to all. IGA welcomes everyone who believes in the importance of achieving equal rights for gender variant people. IGA members include all sexual orientations and gender identities. Those who identify as transgendered represent all aspects of the transgender spectrum: bigender, transsexuals, transgender men and transgender women, genderqueer, friends and family.
    • REFUGE Restrooms
      • REFUGE is a web application that seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals. When the Safe2Pee website passed out of functionality it left a hole in our hearts. REFUGE picks up the torch where Safe2Pee left off and makes the valuable resource available to those who find themselves in need of a place to pee safely once again. Users can search for restrooms by proximity to a search location, add new restroom listings, as well as comment and rate existing listings. We seek to create a community focused not only on finding existing safe restroom access but also looking forward and participating in restroom advocacy for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming folk.
    • Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois
      • The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers, activists, and community organizers who are deeply committed to prison abolition, transformative justice, and gender self-determination.
    • TYRA (Transgender Youth Resource and Advocacy)
      • TYRA's vision is to create a community that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every person, regardless gender identity or gender expression. Most transgender youth feel unsafe in school because of gender identity or expression. The rate of dropout, suicide and homelessness is disproportionately high.
        Illinois Gender Advocates’ TYRA program serves as a resource for youth, their parents, schools, counselors, care providers and others. TYRA provides a weekly drop-in center: a safe, confidential place for youth, ages of 14 to 24, to come and meet other transgender or questioning youth.
        TYRA advocates on behalf of transgender youth for inclusive services and programs at schools, social service agencies, foster care facilities, and other agencies.
  • CNET ID/Email Address Changes
    • CNet/ID Email Address Changes
      • University of Chicago email addresses are comprised of two separate components:  CNetID and email aliases
        Currently, students are not allowed to change their CNetID once it has been chosen. If you are a student who has not created your CNetID, please keep this in mind when you create your CNetID.
        If you have already chosen your CNetID and would like to change your email address, you may set up an email alias. If you're looking for an alternate email address, you should claim an alias
    • What is a CNetID email alias?
      • An alias (sometimes also called a nickname) is a pointer to your cnetid@uchicago.edu address. This allows you to receive mail at alias@uchicago.edu in addition to your regular cnetid@uchicago.edu address. Please note you can't use an alias to log in to any system
    • How can I add a CNetID email alias?
      • To add or change a CNetID email alias go to the Email Options website, sign in using your CNetID and password, and click "Add a new mail alias". Enter the alias you want in the field and click "Add new mail alias". As long as this name is not already in use, you will be able to receive mail at alias@uchicago.edu within a couple of hours. You can have up to five aliases, in addition to your CNetID@uchicago.edu address
    • How can I delete a CNetID email alias?
      • Simply go to the Email Options website, and sign in using your CNetID and password. Next click the appropriate "Delete alias@uchicago.edu" link. Deleted aliases stop forwarding email immediately. They also immediately become available for other people to claim as aliases or CNetIDs
  • Health
    • Student Counseling Service (SCS)
      • The Student Counseling Service (SCS) provides mental health care to University of Chicago students. This care includes needs assessment, psychotherapy, psychiatric consultation, academic skills assessment program, support groups, referrals, emergency services, and health promotion and wellness programs
        SCS has offered transgender/genderqueer support groups when there is student interest, in addition to coming out groups on a quarterly basis for both college and graduate students. This group is ideal for college and graduate students who are beginning to question their gender identity and wish to explore gender issues in a safe, supportive environment. Contact John McPherrin, PsyD, at jkm@uchicago.edu for further information
    • Student Health Insurance
    • Howard Brown Health Center
      • 4025 N. Sheridan Road
        Chicago, IL 60613
        773.388.1600
      • Howard Brown Health Center is one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) healthcare organizations. With an annual budget of over $18 million, the agency serves more than 36,000 adults and youth each year.  Its diverse health and social service delivery system focuses around the following programmatic divisions: primary medical carebehavioral healthresearchHIV/STD prevention, case management, social services, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives
        Based in Chicago, Howard Brown's multi-site operation includes a main health and research center in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, Triad Health practice at Illinois Masonic Hospital, the Broadway Youth Center, and three Brown Elephant Resale Shops.
        Howard Brown is committed to improving the health of the transgender community. They offer several programs that center around issues that the transgender community faces, and our medical, behavioral health, and case management staff sensitive to the special needs of their transgender clients.
      • Howard Brown Health Center and University of Chicago Student Health Insurance
        • All of the physicians at Howard Brown are considered “in network”.  This means that as long as the services a student receives are “eligible services” (as per the terms of the student insurance policy), then those services will be covered at 90% by the student insurance after satisfying the $200 annual deductible.  For more infomation, please review the 2018-2019 U-SHIP Policy Guide.
        • Please Note: Information on health care providers covered by U-SHIP may change. Students who would like to go to Howard Brown for health care, but are not sure if the services they will receive are “eligible”, can contact the on-campus insurance office at (773) 834-4543 (press option #2), email uchicagoadvocates@uhcsr.com or by fax 773-753-4544.
        • Note: Students should be aware that if they see a physician outside of the Student Health Service (SHS) or Student Counseling Service (SCS), they will first need to obtain a referral from the SHS/SCS.  Without this referral, students are assessed a $50 non-referral fee.  Only one referral is needed per condition/diagnosis.
    • Name Changes
      • Preferred Name Policy
        • Current students can indicate a “preferred” first and/or middle name, which is a name the student wishes to be commonly known as, if different from their legal first and/or middle name.  Updates to preferred name can be made through myUChicago.
        • Preferred name will only be seen via Class Rosters, Grade Rosters, Chalk, and the Online Directory.
        • Primary name will continue to be the student’s legal name.  Primary name will be what appears on the transcript, diploma, UChicago Card, and any documentation involving financial aid, student accounts, or international student status. Students must continue to use their primary names when conducting official University business.  To change the name listed on any University of Chicago official documents, students must follow the procedures listed above for changing their name on their student records
        • Please Note: Preferred names will be regularly reviewed.  Any entries deemed to be offensive will be removed by the Office of the University Registrar
      • Legal Name Changes
        • Students who wish to change their legal name on their student records should use the following guidelines to request the change:
        • You must be able to present current official government-issued documentation showing the correct spelling of your new name.  Accepted documentation can include a passport, driver's license, or court order
        • You must complete the Change of Name Form.  Please note that when completing this form you should not sign until you are in the presence of a notary public or a member of the University Registrar's staff.  If you are mailing in your request, you may send it to:
          • Office of the University Registrar
            1427 E. 60th Street
            Chicago, IL 60637
        • International Students wishing to change their names in the University records should contact the Office of International Affairs prior to submitting the Change of Name form to the Office of the University Registrar to ensure the proposed change is acceptable
        • Graduating Students should submit any name change requests to the Office of the University Registrar at least 2 months before they are expected to graduate
        • Alumni should also contact Alumni Relations to request a name change.  Submitting a Change of Name Form to the Office of the University Registrar will not automatically update your alumni record
        • Student Employees: if you are an employee of the University of Chicago, you will also need to contact HR Services to update your employee record with your new name
      • For information on using your preferred name on your diploma, contact Scott Campbell, University Registrar, at scottcampbell@uchicago.edu
      • For the most up-to-date information on legal name changes and diploma reissuances, please visit the University Registrar's website.
  • Restrooms
    • Gender-neutral and single-user restrooms are located around campus. The following list, though not exhaustive, provides some options across campus. If you know of a single-user restroom that is not listed here, please email us at lgbtq@uchicago.edu with the building name and floor.
  • UChicago Directory Privacy
    • The University will publish your current address, phone number, and email address in the online directory and other publications unless you specify in myUChicago that you'd like your information withheld from these publications.
    • If you wish to have your information withheld should log into myUChicago with their cNet ID and password. Once logged in, click on the edit link under "Privacy" in the "My Information" section to withhold your directory information. Students may then opt to withhold their information
    • You may choose to publish or withhold your directory onformation at any time. The initial setting is to publish your directory information
    • Note: If you choose to withhold publication of your directory information it affects whether your enrollment/degrees can be verified to parties with whom you have a relationship and/or prospective employers

The Office of LGBTQ Students Life's resouce library contains nearly 200 booksand over 60 DVDs. Books and DVDs may be checked out from the front desk at 5710 South Woodlawn.

LGBTQ Student Life also publishes it's own guide for the University and for Chicago. Queer (friendly) businesses, community organizations, neighborhood maps, and more are included in this guide.

In addition to our books and DVDs, LGBTQ Student Life also has subscriptions to several national and local publications. Past copies of these publications are also available in the resource library. Curent magazines are located in the LGBTQ Lounge on the 3rd floor of 5710 South Woodlawn. Our collection of periodicals includes:

Click here for our Book List

Click here for our DVD List

Click here for (U)Chicago Queer Compass, a queer guide to The University of Chicago and the City of Chicago published annually by the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Life.

This section houses a collection of resources that can be used as educational tools for people who may want to learn more about a range of LGBTQIA+ identities, how LGBTQIA+ identities can interact with other social identities (such as race, socio-economic status, and ability status), and who are interested in obtaining resources and support surrounding LGBTQIA+ identities.

These lists are not all-encompassing of the social identities affecting people’s lives and experiences, and each resource list does is not all-inclusive.

We are welcome to feedback about these resources, especially if someone finds that a resource that is listed is now out of date.

Arabic and Middle-Eastern Descent

  • Arab LGBT Movement Speaks Out
  • My.Kali.Mag
    • A monthly magazine that concerns the LGBTQ community from all around the world and dedicated for people who live in the: Middle East, for foreigners who live in the Arab world, for those new-gay-to-be, for those who’re away fom home and for those who’re intereseted in entering the world of My.Kali
  • Communites
  • Advocacy Organizations
    • Gay and Lesbian Arabic Society
      • An international organization that serves as a networking organization for Gays and Lesbians of Arab descent or those living in Arab countries

Black, African American, and Afrikan Diaspora

  • Coming Out Resources
  • Education and Information
  • Communities
    • Pride and Promote
      • Pride & Promote brings together members of the Black same-gender loving (GSL) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of being Black and gay
    • RedBone Press
      • RedBone Press publishes work celebrating the cultures of Black lesbians and gay men, and work that further promotes understanding between Black gays and lesbians and the Black mainstream
  • Advocacy Organizations
    • National Black Justice Coalition
      • NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
    • The Center for Black Equality
      • Our mission is to promote a multinational LGBT network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility and self-determination.
  • Religious Resources
    • Christianity
      • Unity Fellowship Church Movement
        • We are the UFCM, a movement of churches across the U.S. whose primary work is to proclaim the sacredness of all life, focusing on empowering those who have been oppressed and made to feel excluded and ashamed.
      • New Beginnings Life Center
        • To connect people with God and to provide opportunities to build relationships while becoming followers of Christ
    • Non-Denominational
      • The Center for Lesbian and Gay Stdies in Religion and Ministry
        • The African American Roundtable at CLGS (AART) seeks the full inclusion of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in communities of faith and the mobilization of Black communities of faith in support of social justice for LGBT people
    • Spirituality
      • Operation: Rebirth
        • Operation: Rebirth is the first website dedicated to ending the religious and spiritual abuse against Black gays and lesbians inflicted by Black churches. The website provides resources that assist Black gays and lesbians on reclaiming their religion and spirituality

Latinx/Chicanx

  • Advocacy Organizations
    • FAMILIA Trans Queer Liberation Movement [Bilingual]
      • Trans Queer Liberation Movement works at local and national levels to achieve the collective liberation of trans, queer, and gender nonconforming Latinxs through building community, organizing, advocacy, and education.
    • Unid@s [Multilingual]
      • The mission of Unid@s is to create a multi-issue approach for advocacy, education, and convening of and for our communities. Guided by economic justice, feminist, environmental, and pro-peace values, UNID@S joins a global effort to transform systems and policies to create a just and equitable world.
    • HONOR Fund [Bilingual]
      • A non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights and freedoms of the Latino LGBT community through leadership development, advocacy and public education.
    • Immigration Equality [Bilingual]
      • A national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals . Immigration Equality provides legal aid and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants and their families.
    • Human Rights Campaign (Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Latinx Americans)
      • A resource is designed to aid LGBTQ Latinx Americans in navigating the intersectional challenges when coming out.
  • Communities
    • The Nework/La Red [Bilingual] 
      • A survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, their work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression. They strengthen communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services
    • Asociación Interacional de Familias por la Diversidad Sexual (FDS) [Español]
      • FDS is an organization that aims to maintain family unity. They fight for the safety and well-being of their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members, giving them support in dealing with a hostile society. FDS promotes information and education as tools to eradicate hatred, prejudice, homophobia, and all forms of related discrimination.
  • Faith-Related Resources

Native American

  • Education and Information
    • Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK)
      • IWOK released the second edition of the groundbreaking Tribal Equity Toolkit: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit and LGBT Justice in Indian Country. Many Indian tribal governing documents are patterned after the U.S. constitution, which means Indigneous traditions and cultures are not always reflected in governing resolutions. The Tribal Equity Toolkit creates ways for Tribal government to adjust their codes and policies to include and reflect the experiences of Two Spirit and LGBT tribal members
    • NativeOUT
      • NativeOUT was originally founded in 2004 as a social group named the Phoenix Two Spirit Society, by Corey Taber, Ambrose Nelson, and Victor Bain in Phoenix, Arizona. Through our website, video productions, social networks and in-person presentations, we educate the world about the Indigenous LGBTQ/Two Spirit people of North America
  • Communities
    • GLAAD's Blog on Native American LGBT Community
      • GLAAD is leading the conversation for LGBT equality, and changing the culture. As the LGBT movement’s communications epicenter, GLAAD is the principal organization that works directly with news media, entertainment media, cultural institutions and social media.

Pronouns are often used to refer to a person’s gender identity. Several systems of pronouns have been created to refer to others without assigning them into the gender binary system. Pronouns of reference are the set of pronouns that an individual would like others to use when talking to or about that individual. Examples include, but are not limited to:

He, him, his – pronouns typically used to refer to another person who  identifies as masculine.
She, her, hers – pronouns typically used to refer to another person who identifies as feminine. 
They, them, theirs – gender neutral or gender inclusive pronouns which do not associate a gender with the individual who is being discussed.
Ze, hir, hirs - gender neutral or gender inclusive pronouns created by transgender and non-binary communities which do not associate a gender with the individual who is being discussed. 
Ze, zir, zirs - gender neutral or gender inclusive pronouns created by transgender and non-binary communities which do not associate a gender with the individual who is being discussed.
Source: The University of Iowa. Identity Terminology

For a comprehensive list of terminology related to gender identity and sexual orientation visit the GLAAD Media Reference Guide - Transgender

Why Are Pronouns Important?

Understanding pronouns beyond the two options of she, her, hers and he, him, his creates space for experiences and identities outside of the gender binary. We have been taught to make assumptions about people’s pronouns based on the way they look and the way we perceive them. While using pronouns on autopilot may not have bad intent, it is not only disrespectful and hurtful, but also oppressive. When someone is mispronouned, it can make the person feel disrespected, alienated, dismissed, invalidated, or dysphoric.
Source: Washington State University. Gender Pronouns

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I make a mistake with someone's pronouns?

That's okay, we all make mistakes. The best thing to do if you use the wrong pronoun for someone is to say something right away, like “Sorry, I meant (insert pronoun).” Don't over apologize, simply say you're sorry and move on.

How do I ask someone what pronouns they use?

Simply asking, “what pronouns do you use?” can provide an opportunity for someone to offer their gender pronouns for you to use. Other options include: “how would you like me to refer to you?” or “how would you like to be addressed?”
Another option is to begin by offering the pronouns you use. Try: “I use they, them, their pronouns. Do you mind if I ask what pronouns you’d like me to use when referring to you? I want to make sure I respect your identity.” 

Why are people asking me about my pronouns even though I’m not transgender? How should I answer?

To be increasingly gender inclusive on campus many faculty, staff, and students will ask you for your pronouns of reference. You could very well be asked to share your pronouns while introducing yourself in class, in a meeting, and/or when meeting new people.

When someone asks you what your pronouns are, or what pronouns you use, they’re asking how you like to be referred to — as she, he, they, a less common option like ze, xe, or ey, or by name rather than pronoun. The person asking you this question wants to make sure they refer to you respectfully rather than making assumptions. Chances are they ask lots of people this question, so it isn’t intended as a personal judgement or insult, nor does it necessarily mean they think you’re trans.
Source: FAQ about Pronouns & Trans People

For a detailed list of frequently asked questions related to gender identity visit Trans Talk.

The University of Chicago values the diverse identities students bring with them to campus; as such, we strive to grow in our ability to be inclusive of the multitude of gender identities that contribute to making our communities so rich. During the summer of 2018 a collaboration between the University Registrar and the Office of LGBTQ Student Life launched the process of updating student records with the ability to optionally disclose ones’ gender identity and pronouns of reference. These social identity expansions build upon the preferred name policy which provides students with the opportunity to share a first name that more fully affirms their identity.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Identity Information

As individuals we hold many identities, to value and honor this reality, the University of Chicago seeks to make my.UChicago and other online systems more inclusive to campus community members with diverse gender identities. Current students may elect to indicate their gender identity, and/or their pronouns of reference in their student records. Updates to these identity categories can be made in my.UChicago.

Information on how you can update fields within My Profile within my.UChicago can be found on the Using My Profile webpage.
Below you will find descriptions of the various identity terms that are available for you to optionally select in my.UChicago

A Note on Language

It is important to note that many gender identities exist globally and are not bounded by the same cultural and social understandings. That is, gender is a culturally constructed category understood differently depending upon on one's society. Here we are using U.S. - based defintions of pronouns of reference and gender identity to highlight some of the variance within the United States. We also reckognize the inherent problem with offering definitions related to these elements of social identity, as they can not be respresentative of all community members. As such, we offer these definitions as a starting point for understanding the nuances of gender, and to mark the significance of attempting, as imperfect as it may be, to increase inclusion of transgender, gender non-conforming and/or non-binary community members in our systems and campus spaces.

Gender

Gender is based on a group of emotional, behavioral, and psychological characteristics that typically classify an individual as “woman” or “man” or “gender queer/gender non-conforming” or “transgender.” Gender can be understood to have several components including gender identity, gender expression, and gender attributions.

Cisgender  – a value-neutral term to describe people who identify/agree with the gender they were assigned at birth, often shortened to cis. A cis woman is a person who is assigned female at birth and identifies as a woman. A cis man is a person who is assigned male at birth and identifies as a man.
Transgender – a value-neutral term to describe people who do not identify/agree solely with the gender they were assigned at birth (sometimes referred to as an umbrella category under which a broad spectrum of gender identities exist). Often abbreviated as trans or trans*. Can be transman,  transwoman and/or non-binary person.
Man – a gender identity that largely aligns with “masculine” traits and characteristics. Can be a cisgender man or a trans male/trans man, both are men.
Woman – a gender identity that largely aligns with “feminine” traits and characteristics. Can be a cisgender woman or a trans female/trans woman, both are women.
Gender Queer/Gender Non-Conforming – an inclusive category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine – identities that are outside of the gender binary.

Pronouns of Reference

Pronouns are often used to refer to a person’s gender identity. Several systems of pronouns have been created to refer to others without assigning them into the gender binary system. Pronouns of reference are the set of pronouns that an individual would like others to use when talking to or about that individual.

He, him, his – pronouns typically used to refer to another person who identifies as masculine.
She, her, hers – pronouns typically used to refer to another person who identifies as feminine.
They, them, theirs – gender neutral or gender inclusive pronouns which donot associate a gender with the individual who is being discussed.
Ze, hir, hirs - gender neutral or gender inclusive pronouns created by transgender and non-binary communities which do not associate a gender with the individual who is being discussed.

Information Access, Usage & Locations

Gender identity and pronouns of reference information are considered confidential per the university’s Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policies.  If a student elects to disclose information related to the aforementioned categories it will be used for internal demographic tracking by the University Registrar. Students have the option to provide a preferred name via MyUChicago. This name is used on class rosters. In the coming months, if a student provides their pronouns of reference, this information will accompany any name that is visible on a class roster. Presently, pronouns of reference will only be collected as demographic information by the Registrar and will not appear on class rosters.

For a comprehensive list of student information that is always confidential review the Educational Records: Always Confidential section of the University Registrar’s webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why have gender identity and pronouns of reference been added as student record options?
The University of Chicago joins 30+ colleges and universities across the country in making our student records more inclusive. We understand that student’s identities play an integral role in how they experience and navigate their college experience, as such, the University of Chicago seeks to be responsive to the needs of gender diverse students who join us for their educational endeavors. We continue to strengthen our inclusion efforts by aligning our record systems with national best practices that seek to validate student’s

Who do I contact with questions?
For questions about changing preferred name, gender identity, sex designation, and/or pronouns of reference contact, the University Registrar. Email: registrar@uchicago.edu
For questions about why these changes were made, contact the Office of LGBTQ Student Life. Email: lgbtq@uchicago.edu

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