This page provides an overview of resources and services available to transgender, gender nonconforming and gender questioning staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows Yale University. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed on this page, please feel free to contact us!
Yale University’s Nondiscrimination 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 here: yale.edu/nondiscrimination.
TransWise is a service offered by the Office of LGBTQ Resources to help students, staff and faculty navigate the social, medical and administrative challenges of a gender transition. TransWise consultations are available during drop-in hours and by appointment. For more information, contact Seth Wallace.
Guide to Gender Identity and Affirmation in the Workplace at Yale
The Guide to Gender Identity and Affirmation in the Workplace at Yale 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 find the guide useful includes but is not limited to:
- Gender diverse employees
- Human Resource Generalists and managers
- Workgroups which provide support to employees
An inclusive workplace benefits everyone, and can positively impact the retention and recruitment of a diverse, talented and fulfilled workforce.
The goals of the 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
Programming and Community
LGBTQ Affinity Group
The Yale LGBTQ Affinity Group was created in 2008 to foster a more welcoming and respectful campus community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer individuals and their allies with a primary focus on retention and edification of Yale employees. The group is open to all Yale staff, faculty, and postdocs, representing a diverse range of departments and interests at Yale. Find out more here: yale.edu/lgbtq.
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/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 on the Trans/gender Awareness Weeks page.
Both Yale Health and Aetna include transgender health coverage. Contact your Human Resource Generalist for the most current information. Yale Health members, see Transgender Care at Yale Health for Members at the Yale Health website. The Guide to Gender Identity and Affirmation in the Workplace at Yale also includes helpful information about healthcare coverage, services and support.
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 gender affirmation 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): wpath.org.
Magellan Health Services administers Yale's Counseling & Support Services benefit and offers employees and family members unlimited phone support, as well as a limited number of 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, visit your.yale.edu or call 1-800-327-9240.
Updating University Records
The Guide to Gender Identity and Affirmation in the Workplace at Yale includes more detailed information about the processes described below.
Updates to both legal and preferred name can be completed through Workday. Select 'My Benefits / My Pay and Info' on the your.yale.edu portal. Changes made through Workday will update records maintained by Human Resources, as well as most vendors. If you use the Yale Shuttle or campus parking, notify Parking and Transit (email@example.com or 203-432-9790) of the updates.
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.
Find one near you with our mobile-friendly All-Gender Restroom Map.
Payne Whitney Gymnasium
Yale's primary athletic facilities feature all-gender 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 gendered (“Men's” and “Women's”) locker rooms feature completely private showers within private changing stalls.
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!