Trans and GNC Resources
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Mental Health Disparity and Trans?and Gender Nonconforming Students (TGNC)
Diversity of gender expression is one of Emerson’s strengths. At Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS), we acknowledge that trans?and gender non-conforming (TGNC) students face particular mental health challenges. Trans?and GNC students cope with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts more than other students. Research suggests that this has nothing to do with their gender identity, but rather the toll living with microaggressions and stigma. Financial issues also disproportionately affect TGNC students, as well as greater difficulty accessing healthcare.
ECAPS also understands that TGNC students face mental health issues and challenges entirely unrelated to their experience of gender. You get to decide what you want to focus on in counseling. ECAPS staff do not assume gender identity or pronouns, and have had training in counseling that affirms gender identity. We also help refer students to outside providers for letters or documentation needed for gender affirming surgery and healthcare.
Connecting to others and political activism are only some of Trans & Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) students strengths on campus. Compared to a national sample, they are better at forming and nurturing community, and passionate about making political change. Studies also suggest that TGNC students are good about seeking help and support when they need it.
ECAPS, and Emerson College, are committed to making college a welcoming place. ECAPS has pluralized gender bathrooms on our floor. We also offer a Rainbow support group, for people of all (or no) genders and sexualities.
You can read about Emerson’s commitment to diversity in gender expression and helpful tips on how to make sure your name is correct in the system. in addition, find out how to report an incident bias or discrimination.
Resources and communities on campus:
EAGLE - Emerson's Alliance for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone:?EAGLE ensures a safe, fun, and educational space for Emerson's LGBTQIA+ students. With fun social events, relaxing discussion-focused meetings, and social activism opportunities, EAGLE strives to make all queer students feel comfortable and valued.
SheCult - an artistic and social collective for queer people who experience femininity.
Berkeley?Beacon's coverage of trans issues.
Lavender?Grad - 2018 marked Emerson's first Lavender Graduation! This new tradition?will continue for future graduates to?recognize?LGBTQ+ students of all races and ethnicities and acknowledge?their achievements and contributions to the Emerson community.
We’re lucky in Boston to be home to Fenway Health and the Sidney Borum Center. Both are world class facilities that specialize in competent and compassionate health care for the GLBTQIIA+ communities. At ECAPS we can help connect you to longer term mental health treatment, as well as gender affirming medical treatment. Sidney Borum, which specializes in young adults, also has same day availability for psychiatric appointments on Fridays from 12-2pm, you just have to call in the morning.
Boston area resources and support groups:
Boston GLASS -?provides a continuum of services to LGBTQQ+ youth of color and their allies in the Greater Boston area. As a leader in LGBTQ+ youth services, we also provide education and consultation to other providers and community organizations. Boston GLASS offers support groups, drop-in sessions, and case management.
Fenway Health?- offers holistic health services and support groups for TGNC?people.
BATS -?BATS is a support group for trans?and non-binary young adults (late teens-mid 30’s) from the Boston area, and Eastern Massachusetts. They provide support in understanding your gender identity, help with coming out or transitioning, emotional support, a sense of community, a place where you belong, or just to meet relatable people.
Compass - a New England area female-to-male (FTM) trans support, information, and social group for people assigned female at birth who feel that is not an accurate or complete description of their gender.
Tiffany Club of New England - Providing outreach and support and?active in the trans community. The club is mainly comprised of people on the MTF spectrum. TCNE holds weekly Tuesday meetings at their clubhouse in Waltham, MA.
เล่นสล็อตออนไลน์ผ่านทางคอมพิวเตอร์The Meeting Point - a collective of independent body workers and mental health practitioners who believe support and acceptance of complicated bodies is a social justice issue. The Meeting Point is committed to meeting the needs of underserved populations, particularly GLBTQ identified individuals, people who have experienced trauma, and those with physical and/or emotional disabilities. They offer individual psychotherapy, groups, and bodywork services.
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition -?Education, lobbying, activism, community building.
TrevorChat?- Available 7 Days A Week, (3pm–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT). Click the link to start a chat. You can usually expect to wait just a few minutes to speak to a counselor, but if we are very busy the wait can be up to a half hour. If you need to speak to someone sooner, please call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386. TrevorChat is designed to be accessed through a computer, so you may have technical difficulties if you are using a smartphone or tablet.
TrevorText?- Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available M-F between 3pm–10pm EST / Noon–7pm PT
Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)
PFLAG -?an organization for families, friends, and other allies of LBGTQ people. This page has links to various resources for trans* youth and their families.
GLADD?- a media force that?works through entertainment, news, and digital media to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance.
Trans Student Educational Resources?-?a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.
It Gets Better?-?Watch an endless stream of inspiring stories shared by people just like you. Visit the?Get Help page to find LGBTQ+ youth support services in your community.
APA Guidelines for working with TGNC?people?-?16 guidelines aimed at helping professionals better understand the lifespan development, stigma, discrimination and barriers to care faced by transgender and gender nonconforming people. It is primarily intended for psychologists who provide care, conduct research, or engage in education or training focused on this population. But it may also be helpful to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of transgender and gender nonconforming people.