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Counseling Services provides services to individuals of all genders and sexualities and strives to be inclusive in all of their offerings. We currently offer a Gender and Sexuality Support Group, all of our clinicians are Safe Space trained, and we have the ability to advocate for gender affirmation procedures.

What to expect during your assessment for gender affirming treatments: 

Students seeking a letter for gender affirming treatments will meet with a counselor who will review a number of topics based on what is encouraged by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and what is required by insurance providers. Some of these topics will include, an overview of the student's gender journey, goals for the treatment, supports in place, recovery plans, risks and benefits, etc. The letter can be typically completed within a week of the assessment session.  These can be brief sessions where a student just obtains their letter or they can be ongoing services where the student receives support throughout the process.

Gender Affirmation Binder Program

Students are now able to access FREE GC2B binders in the Campus Closet!! The Campus Closet is located in Brewer Hall Room 271 and is open M-Th from 2pm-5pm.

Students will find the binders located in the first dressing room which has a sign saying “binders here.” In this room, students will also find a guide on how to measure themselves for the correct size binder and a measuring tape to use.

Students can then pick from a variety of binders provided. If the student does not see a binder in the size they would like, they can email Ashley Walton-Beal at waltona@uwec.edu and she can try to get other sizes. We cannot guarantee any size or style but we will do our best to find something that works!

Once the student has chosen the binder that works best for them, they will need to take the tag off of it and put it in the envelope provided in the room and return the hanger to the box indicated. These tags will be used to track what binders are taken for data purposes only and to help us know what styles and sizes are popular for re-ordering requests.

The student can then put it in a bag in the dressing room or their backpack. To “check out”, the student just needs to tell the front desk their student ID number and the number of items taken. There does not need to be any mention of what item was taken. If no student is at the desk, there is a self-checkout jar. There are slips of paper by the jar and the student would again just indicate student ID number and number of items taken.

Students are also encouraged to return binders that do not fit correctly or donate binders that no longer work for them to help keep the program sustainable. This is NOT a requirement!

Any questions please contact: Ashley at waltona@uwec.edu

What does LGBTQIA+ stand for?

- Lesbian -- women whose primary emotional and physical attractions and attachments are to other women

- Gay Men -- men whose primary emotional and physical attractions and attachments are to other men.

B - Bisexual -- individuals whose primary emotional and physical attractions and attachments are to more than one gender.

T - Transgender -- a broad term that encompasses numerous identities in which typically ones gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth. A transitioning transgender person is one who is modifying their physical characteristics and manner of expression 

Q - Questioning - -someone who is questioning their sexual or gender orientation.

I - Intersex -- Intersex people are born with sex characteristics (including chromosomes, gonads, genitals, reproductive organs and hormonal levels) that don't fit the typical definition of male or female bodies. It's an umbrella term that covers many different biological variation

A - Asexual -- an individual who experiences a minimal or lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people

+ -- a sign to indicate a wide variety of other identities

What people in these groups all have in common is that they're considered sexual outlaws of one form or another by much of mainstream society. For more terms please see the glossary of terms provided by the Human Rights Campaign.

(Adapted from the work of Dana Alder - UW-Madison, definitions provided by the Human Resources Campaign)

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