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Trans-specific resources

Advancing trans and nonbinary gender inclusivity at ASU

ASU supports the needs and success of transgender and non-binary gender students through a variety of health, social, wellness and academic resources. Download this student-developed guide for faculty and staff interested in fostering trans inclusive learning environments that promote trans student retention, success, and well-being.

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If you are a student looking to change your first name in certain ASU systems without changing your legal name, you can submit a Preferred Display Name Change request by completing the following form: Once your request is processed, it will take 72 hours for the name change to take effect.

A change to your preferred display name will update some ASU systems but not others. The display name will change in the Global Address List, ASU Mobile App, Blackboard, Canvas, Email Name (Outlook and Gmail), Google Apps, ASU Directory, and MyASU. Please note: This process will not change your ASURITE .

The Registrar’s Office can update the gender marker on your student record at any time. Email or call the office at your campus location to request an update to your record. International students should visit the International Students and Scholars Center to speak with a staff member about these requests.

Currently a legal name change is required to change the name on a student record at ASU. Visit the Trans Spectrum AZ Resource Guide for a detailed description of the name/gender marker change process in Maricopa County. For your convenience, both the legal name change form and fee deferment form can be accessed here.

It is your responsibility to communicate in an email your asserted, or preferred, name and pronouns to your instructor or supervisor. It is the instructor or supervisor’s responsibility to update their records accordingly when they receive your email request. You may use the sample email below as a template to notify your instructors and supervisors.

Dear (instructor or supervisor name),

I am looking forward to your class this semester (class prefix and line number, ie FAS101 #12345). I wanted to let you know that although my name listed on the class roster is (given name), I go by (asserted name) and use the pronouns (he/him/his; she/her/hers; they/them; it/its, etc). Thank you for respecting my identity.


Asserted Name


Transgender Voice and Communication Training

Offered by the Speech and Hearing Clinic in the College of Health Solutions, this program provides voice therapy to clients who seek changes in their voice that comfortably represents their identity. The purpose is to achieve desired vocal modification of their healthy voice and to achieve gender expression goals. For information visit:

Phoenix/Arizona resources

Trans Queer Pueblo — An autonomous LGBTQ+ migrant community of color who works wherever they find their people, creating cycles of mutual support that cultivate leadership to generate the community power that will liberate bodies and minds from systems of oppression toward justice for all people.

Trans Spectrum of Arizona —Seeks to provide service, support and a social outlet for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and their allies. Trans Spectrum of Arizona provides programming for transgender support and socializing. For more information about their groups, visit the support pages for the Trans-masculine, Trans-feminine, and Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies. Don’t identify with the gender binary? They have a support space for gender fluid and gender nonconforming people called Third Space.

National resources

Campus Pride Trans Policy Clearinghouse — The Campus Pride Trans Policy Clearinghouse provides resources for transgender policies at colleges and universities. The clearinghouse is updated regularly by Dr. Genny Beemyn, a noted scholar on trans issues in higher education and the Director of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Stonewall Center.

GLAAD Transgender resources — GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. Linked here is their list of national trans organizations, national LGBTQIA+ organizations with trans specific branches, crisis lines, and general information and resources specific to trans identities.

National Center for Transgender Equality — The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. Includes discussion of international trans issues, a “know your rights” section, and assistance with ID document changes.

PFLAG Transgender — PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ community. They're made up of LGBTQ individuals, family members and allies.  Linked here is their collection of articles engaged in national trans issues

Trans Student Educational resources — A youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. Includes resource links, blogs, workshops, intersectional discussions, and activism strategies.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute — A non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) — A nonprofit whose mission is to end discrimination and achieve equality for transgender people, particularly those in our most vulnerable communities. Strategies include pathbreaking trans rights cases and "friend of the court" briefs regarding the key issues of employment, health care, education and public accommodations. Notably, their Name Change Project provides free legal name change services to community members through partnerships with some of nation's premier law firms and corporate law departments, including Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and others.  

Advocacy/Ally resources

Campus Pride: Trans Advocacy — Strategies and tools for trans and genderqueer advocacy on campus.

GLSEN: Educators support Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Student — Resources for educators interested in developing inclusive classrooms and curricula. While aimed primarily at K-12 education, many of the resources can apply to the post-secondary classroom.


**Variant use of trans and transgender on this page occurs due to the different ways in which the organizations listed on this page articulate their missions and programs. **