If you identify as transgender, transsexual, a crossdresser, genderqueer, two spirit, non-binary, gender non-conforming, agender, bigender, or anything else under the trans umbrella, LGBTQ Life is here to support you.
If you’re looking for a basic introduction to transgender issues, please visit our Trans Introduction page. You may also wish to visit our links page for other transgender resources. You can also learn more about trans affirmative research.
Coming Out as Transgender
Coming out as transgender or gender non-conforming can be similar to coming out as lesbian or gay, but it also has unique aspects. If you need assistance with coming out, you may wish to email LGBTQ Life, visit the Counseling Center, or join the Counseling Center LGBTQ Support Group.
Here are some additional guides for people who are coming out.
- PDF Document: Transgender Visibility Guide
- Coming Out In the Workplace as Transgender
- Our Trans Loved Ones
- PDF Document: MCC Transgender Ministries: Coming Out as a Transgender Person
Resources for Trans Students
We are working on improving the system to recognize your chosen name in informal communications with the university. We have tried to put all the information we have about using chosen names here. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Our non-discrimination policy at Hopkins includes gender identity and expression, as well as sexual orientation. It reads “The University is committed to maintaining learning and working environments that are free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. Each member of the community is responsible for fostering civility, for being familiar with this policy, and for refraining from conduct that violates this policy. Accordingly, discrimination based on sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic is prohibited.”
Students, staff, and faculty at Hopkins have access to trans-inclusive health insurance coverage. Find out more on our health insurance page.
Everyone should be able to use restrooms that are safe and accessible. We support the rights of transgender and gender-non-conforming individuals to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identities. We also believe it is important to provide the option of all-gender restrooms, as they can serve the needs of transgender people, people with children, people who need assistance accessing the restroom, and anyone who needs extra privacy.
Check out our full page on all-gender restrooms at Hopkins.
We’ve created a map of restrooms; please let us know if you see anything to adjust.
Transgender Resources in the Baltimore Area
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institution is proud to support the Center for Transgender Health. Learn more about the work of the Center for Transgender Health through these stories.
Chase Brexton Health Services – Founded in 1978, Chase Brexton Health Services provides patient-centered interdisciplinary health care for diverse communities including those individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender; HIV positive and affected; and all others who face barriers accessing quality health care. Chase Brexton offers hormone treatments for transgender individuals looking to transition. They also offer a variety of other transgender-specific services. Chase Brexton has multiple locations, including one in Mt. Vernon.
Baltimore Community Relations Commission – This city agency investigates discrimination within the city in employment, housing, credit, health, and public accommodations.
Sugar – Sugar is a lesbian owned, women and trans operated sexual education center and store. Sugar is located at 927 W. 36th Street in Hampden, in Baltimore.
Hearts and Ears – Hearts & Ears is a peer support and advocacy program for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people with mental health issues or concerns. Hearts & Ears provides a safe and confidential setting where members can network and offer one another support. Other programs include advocacy within the mental health systems and the community-at-large, a newsletter, and activities. Hearts & Ears’ center is located at 1133 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 204, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Resources for Legally Transitioning
Visit trans*youthMD and NCTE for more information about legal aspects to transitioning in Maryland(some information may be out of date). Contact Free State Legal for assistance with name changes and other legal concerns. This page is not legal advice, only a listing of resources.
Legal Name Changes for Maryland Residents
If you are 18 or older, here is are PDF Document: instructions for changing your name in Maryland. The PDF Document: petition for change of name form is here. Keep in mind that the reason you write in for requesting the name change will be the reason included in the newspaper announcement of your impending name change. Also note that there is a $135 fee for filing the name change (which may be waived if you have little or no income and file a form stating such). There is also a fee (about $80) for having it printed in a newspaper that circulates in the county where you live, which is a requirement of the name change process. You will then need to update Johns Hopkins and any other places where your legal name is in use.
Sex Marker Change on Maryland Licenses or IDs
Currently the state of Maryland does not require residents to obtain sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) before changing their sex marker on their license or state issued ID. You can change your gender on your ID, learner’s permit, or driver’s license without getting an order from the court. Gender marker changes are only done at the Glen Burnie MVA. You can either go in person or mail your request to: MD MVA , ATTN: Driver Wellness and Safety Division, 6601 Ritchie Highway, NE, Glen Burnie, MD 21062. If you mail in your request, make sure to keep copies of everything you mail. Note that if you also want to change your name at the same time, you need to go in person. (Currently the link to this information is unavailable on the MVA site – we’re trying to fix that!)
Sex Marker Change on Birth Certificates
If you were born in Maryland, the Maryland Division of Vital Statistics will only change your sex marker on your birth certificate if you have gotten a legal gender change (an order from a court that says your gender has been changed.) The Division of Vital Statistics may issue an “amended” birth certificate for gender marker changes. This means that they may attach a sheet to your current birth certificate that shows your new gender identity. PDF Document: More information is here.
Trans-Friendly Health Services
Chase Brexton Mental Health Services
1111 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
410-837-2050 ext. 2428
Barbara Cohen, LCSWC, MSW
2 Hamill Road, Suite 127, Baltimore, MD 21210
410-464-9005, Office; 410-486-3075, Home
Chris Kraft, PhD (JHH Private Practice)
2688 Greenspring Station, Baltimore, MD
Feinberin Psychological Associates
Dr. Stanley Fishbein, psychologist
Dr. Susan Fishbein, psychologist
Mt. Vernon, Randallstown, and Towson, MD
Pro Bono Counseling Project: offers sliding fee scale
410-323-5800 or 1-877-323-5800
Kate Thomas, PhD
2360 W. Joppa Road, Ste. 200, Baltimore, MD 21093
Jill Gaumer, LCSW Therapist
55 E. High Street Elkton, MD 21921
Hawn Therapy and Consulting
405 Allegheny Ave
Towson, MD 21204
Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health
Chase Brexton Health Care
1111 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Mary Blackburn, MD
7801 York Road, Suite 102, Towson, MD 21204
Sam Westrick, MD
MedStar Union Memorial Adult Medicine Specialists at Lake Falls
6080 Falls Rd #204
Baltimore MD 21209
- Johns Hopkins Voice Center, 443-997-6467
- Carol Beswick, SLP, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jennifer Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, Hearing and Speech Agency, email@example.com
- Tish Moody, George Washington University Speech and Hearing Center, 202-994-7360 or 301-840-1215
- Laser Assisted Voice Adjustment – Melissa Walker, GBMC, 443-849-2087
- Lynda Wilner, Speech/Language Specialist – Owings Mills, MD, 410-356-5666