Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Week

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The transgender or gender-nonconforming (TGNC) student population is increasing within higher education. The college experience of TGNC students differs from their cisgender peers. TGNC students experience a higher rates of mental health issues, intimate partner violence (IPV), and sexually transmitted diseases. Institutions of higher education may struggle in particular with addressing the needs of TGNC (transgender or gender non-conforming) students (Beemyn, 2003, 2016).

The Wellness Hub is committed to advancing the health and well-being of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual or allied (LGBTQIA+) community through cross-departmental coordination. We are working to provide TGNC-inclusive health initiatives to enhance the personal and professional success of TGNC students at UMB.

How can you support TGNC Students? Get Trained and Get Educated. Our campus provides trainings for faculty, staff and students for creating a TGNC-affirming campus. The national Safe Space training workshop provides information about how support LGBTQIA+ students and colleagues. Upon completion, participants have the option of becoming a Safe Space member and displaying a UMB Safe Space placard or button.


A Big Thank You to those who have contributed and participated in Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Awareness Week, including Free State Justice, One Love Foundation, and all of our amazing experts! Thank you to our co-leads on our newest health initiative, Zanne Gogan and Brandon Suarez.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I request a Safe Space training for my department, student organization, or school?

Being supportive of LGBTQ+ people begins with understanding your role as an advocate and a resource. This interactive workshop will provide you with the foundational knowledge to support and learn about the lived experiences of sexual and gender minorities. To request a Safe Space training, go to

Where can I find more information and resources about LGBTQIA+ mental health and wellbeing?

University of Maryland, Baltimore Resources:

  • Campus Police Line: 711 (available 24/7)
  • Intercultural Leadership and Engagement Center: Provides information about resources and policies for transgender and non-binary students, faculty, and staff at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. 
  • STAR TRACK Adolescent Program at the UMB’s School of Medicine: Your Trans Care (YTC) is a specialty program for transgender people 12 to 24 years old looking for excellent health care.
  • Student Counseling Center: Provides individual counseling, support groups, medication management, and workshops.
  • UMMS Psych Urgent Care Line: Call 410-328-1219 to reach the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Psychiatric Urgent Care unit that provides services 24/7.
  • Student Health Center: Open to all UMB students for health needs.
  • Student Organizations: Opportunities for students to participate in campus-wide and school-based organizations ranging from LGBTQIA+, community outreach, professional development, and social interaction.
  • Wellness Hub: Offers preventive health services, wellness education, and helps eliminate barriers to becoming a successful student at UMB.

Community Resources:

  • American College Health Association: White paper on universities and colleges on TGNC-inclusive college health programs.
  • Trans Lifeline: A trans-led organization connecting transgender people to the community, support, and resources needed to survive and thrive. Call 877-565-8860 to access their hotline from 10 a.m. - 4 a.m. EST. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. 
  • The Trevor Project: A national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQIA* people under the age of 25. Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to (678-678) to access their 24/7 hotline.

Where can I find more information and resources about LGBTQIA+ sexual health and wellbeing?

International Foundation for Gender Education:

Gay Men’s Health Crisis:

The Asexual Visibility and Education Network:

What are the UMB Sexual Assault Policies and Procedures? How do I report gender-based discrimination?

UMB is committed to fostering an environment in which its students, faculty, and staff are free from sexual harassment and violence or illegal discriminatory practices. These behaviors impede learning and positive working conditions and, therefore, are not tolerated.

University of Maryland, Baltimore Gender-Based Discrimination Policy and Laws:

Report Sexual Misconduct

To report an incident of sexual misconduct, please contact a member of the Title IX Compliance Team directly or file a report (anonymously if desired) through the UMB Ethics Point Hotline: Dial toll-free: 866-594-5220, or report online at Hotline. In case of emergency, please contact the local police at 911 or Campus Police at 711 (internal) or 410-706-3333 (external).