Some people who identify as transgender or gender expansive choose to go through a process of transitioning from the gender they were assigned at birth to the gender that is consistent with their identity. The process of transitioning involves many aspects of a person’s social, emotional, and physical life. In terms of physically transitioning (hormones and/or surgery), there are many options. The transgender/gender expansive experience lies on a spectrum, and many individuals can choose from a variety of options to reflect a gender expression that best aligns with their identity. Some transgender/gender expansive people decide to take hormones but don’t do surgery, while others do surgery but not hormones. Some do both. Some do neither.
Regardless of gender identity, the decision to physically transition lies with the individual. It’s your decision what you want to do within the time frame that is comfortable for you. It is the doctor’s or counselor’s job to guide you along the way.
There are many physical, emotional, social, and legal challenges that transitioning persons must face, and Stanford students are no different. The providers at Vaden Health Center recognize both the challenges and the joys of transitioning and are here to support you. Some people who transition choose to change their name and pronouns, so please let our providers know the name you prefer and the pronoun that is appropriate for you, and ask that they note this information in your file.
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This resource was created by Dylan Simmons, Nadia Soufflet, Lily Zheng, Kori Bennett, and Inge Hansen, members of the Transgender Activities Board, a collaborative effort between Stanford students, Vaden Health, and the Weiland Initiative.