trans@yaleThis page is dedicated to providing resources to transgender, gender nonconforming and gender questioning students, faculty and staff at Yale. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed on this page, please feel free to contact us!



TransWise, a new service offered by the Office of LGBTQ Resources, helps students, staff and faculty navigate the social, medical and administrative challenges of a gender transition. For more information, contact Seth Wallace.

TransWise drop-in hours

Thursdays, 11AM4PM
Office of LGBTQ Resources

Trans@Yale Survival Guide

Students—find the latest information on navigating gender identity at Yale in this student-authored and -maintained guide: Trans@Yale Survival Guide.

Guide to Gender Identity and Affirmation in the Workplace at Yale

This guide aims to provide information to employees at Yale University, with the intention of fostering work environments that are inclusive of all gender identities and expressions. Those who may  nd this guide useful includes but is not limited to:
  • Gender diverse employees
  • Human Resource Generalists and managers
  • Workgroups which provide support to employees
  • Allies
An inclusive workplace benefits everyone, and can positively impact the retention and recruitment of a diverse, talented and fulfilled workforce.
The goals of this guide include:
  • To offer guidance on language that is respectful and inclusive
  • To offer guidance on steps one might take when pursuing a gender transition
  • To provide contact information for University resources, as well as for local and national resources

Download the Guide to Gender Identity and Affirmation in the Workplace at Yale University.


Trans/gender Awareness Week

Trans/gender Awareness Week at Yale has expanded into an annual series of events celebrating and exploring a variety of trans and gender non-conforming identities, experiences, and communities. Find out more here.

Beyond the Binary

Beyond the Binary is an ongoing discussion on gender identity hosted by the Office of LGBTQ Resources staff members. It is a safe space for conversation on life and wellbeing for those who identify as transgender, agender, dualgender, genderqueer, gender questioning, nonbinary or ortherwise. Snacks are provided! Check our calendar for meeting times. Contact Seth Wallace for more information.

Trans@Yale, formed in the fall of 2015, is an organization whose mission is to provide both resources and social space for trans and non-binary undergraduate students. Trans@Yale is a registered student organization as of the spring of 2016. Trans@Yale email list.

University Policies

As of 2006, Yale University’s Equal Opportunity Statement, which covers all students and employees, prohibits discrimination based upon gender identity or expression in admission, education and employment. The full statement can be viewed at the Yale Office for Equal Opportunity Programs website, here.



Contact the Care Management Department or your primary care clinician for the most current information.

Medically necessary services for sex reassignment surgery, including counseling, hormone therapy and specific surgical procedures are covered. Specific eligibility guidelines, based on widely accepted professional standards, apply to eligibility for drug therapy and surgical procedures. Copies of the guidelines employed by Yale Health as well as a list of covered surgical procedures are available upon request from the Care Management Department or your primary care clinician.

Source: “Transsexual/Transgender Services”, Yale Health Student Handbook

Staff, Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows

Both Yale Health and Aetna include transgender health coverage. Contact your HR Generalist at Human Resources for the most current information.

Transgender employees who are managerial & professional staff, faculty, postdoctoral associates, postdoctoral fellows, clerical and technical, service and maintenance and security are eligible to receive hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgery.  Both Yale HEALTH and Aetna will follow the standard of care for transgender health and sex reassignment surgery as defined by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH:

Magellan Health Services administers Yale’s Counseling & Support Services benefit and offers employees and family members unlimited phone support and up to six (6) in-person visits per issue for each family member at no cost. This includes consultations relating to gender identity and transitioning. For more information and to access these services and resources, call 1-800-327-9240.

Updating University Records

Students (Yale College & GSAS)
Legal Name Changes

Once you have legally changed your name, you can update your name the ‘Change of Name/Social Security Number’ Form from the University Registrar, available hereIf you use the Yale Shuttle or campus parking, notify Parking and Transit (, 203-432-9790) of your updated name.

Preferred Name

You can register your preferred name using the ‘Change of Name/Social Security Number’ Form from the University Registrar, available hereWe are currently working to have a much wider use of the preferred name category in student records. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns. If you use the Yale Shuttle or campus parking, notify Parking and Transit (, 203-432-9790) of your updated name.

Professional Students

The Registrar’s Office of each professional school maintains records for that school’s students. They can record a legal name change or your preferred name.If you use the Yale Shuttle or campus parking, notify Parking and Transit (, 203-432-9790) of your updated name.

Staff, Faculty & Postdoctoral Fellows

Updates to both legal and preferred name can be completed through Workday. Select ‘My Benefits / My Pay and Info’ on the portal. Changes made through Workday will update records maintained by Human Resources. If you use the Yale Shuttle or campus parking, notify Parking and Transit (, 203-432-9790) of your updated name.

Email Alias

EliApps and Yale Connect

See Email Addresses at Yale - FAQ.

ID Cards


Once you have updated your legal or preferred name with the University Registrar, visit the ID Center. Be sure to mention that you are obtaining a new ID card due to a name change to avoid paying a fee.

Staff, Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows

After a legal name change, new ID cards can be obtained at the ID Center. Be sure to mention that you are obtaining a new ID due to a name change to avoid paying a fee. The ID Center does  not currently offer new ID cards to reflect preferred name updates by non-students—please contact them ( request updates on the status of updates necessary to accommodate such requests.

University Facilities and Housing

Gender-Neutral Housing for Undergraduate Students

Mixed-Gender Suites options are available for sophomore, juniors and seniors. Contact your Residential College Dean for more information. Housing needs of incoming first-year students are handled on a case-by-case basis. We encourage incoming and current students with concerns or questions about housing to contact us.

All-Gender Restrooms on Campus

Most university buildings have all-gender or single-occupant restrooms, and almost all dormitory restrooms and shower facilities are all-gender.

Fine one near you with our mobile-friendly All-Gender Restroom Map.

Payne Whitney Gym

Yale’s primary athletic facilities feature unisex bathroom and changing facilities on the fourth floor, near the fitness center. The code to unlock these facilities can be easily obtained from the attendant on duty in the fitness center. Additionally, the second floor “Men’s” and “Women’s” locker rooms feature completely private showers within private changing stalls.

Other Concerns

Contact Us!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns not addressed above, or if you have ideas about how to make Yale a more inclusive place!