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Resources for Trans students

We are committed to providing an environment where all students feel welcome, safe, and able to learn. See the information and categories below to find out more about how we work to provide this environment.

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  U.S. 877.565.8860 / Canada 877.330.6366

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Resources for transgender students, faculty and staff

LGBTQIA+ Housing

While each residence hall at UW-Eau Claire is queer friendly, we have designated Rainbow Floors students can choose, if they want to live with other queer students. There is a distinction between the Rainbow Floors Living Community (LC) and the Rainbow Floors Living Learning Community (LLC). Keep reading to learn more!

Rainbow Floor

The Rainbow Floors are a community within UWEC Housing that allows students to share a room regardless of student's assigned sex, gender, or sexual orientation. This means that students can live with whomever they choose. There are a number of reasons students choose to live on the Rainbow Floors, and while those reasons vary, students' experiences on the floors are consistently outstanding. 

The Rainbow Floors include programming and community building that focus on the diverse array of identities within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. In Karlgaard Towers, each of the ten floors features all gender restrooms, and staff are on hand to ensure your home away from home is as welcoming and supportive as possible. On the Rainbow Floors, all single- and multi-stall restrooms function as accessible, all gender spaces (including restrooms and showers); there is also an accessible private option for those desiring a bit more privacy. 

The Rainbow Floors social spaces are second to none, featuring vibrant, cozy lounge and study options. Additionally, students are surrounded by graphic design elements featuring intersectional, historical queer icons. Did we mention the chalk wall? The student-created hallway graffiti? There's so much to see!

Don't take our word for it; watch this video and hear what students have to say about the Rainbow Floors!


  • LGBTQIA+ Floor LGBTQIA+ General Floor is for the full spectrum of LGBTQIA+ students who seek a safe, inclusive, and community driven experience.
  • TGNC Floor TGNC (Trans + Gender Non-Conforming) Rainbow Floor is for students who identify as trans, non-binary, and/or gender non-confirming and are seeking to live amongst and develop a safe, inclusive community with students of similar experience.
  • Rainbow Floor LLC Engaging in intersectional queer histories and narratives is a critical step in understanding one’s own identities. The Rainbow Floor LLC cohort is required to enroll in WGSS 206–Perspectives in LGBTQ+ Studies (3-cr).
  • Transgender Health & Wellness

    National LGBTQIA+ Health CenterTrans Safe Sex Guidelines
    Electrolysis InstituteTrans Health Insurance Guide (state-by-state)
    University of Minnesota Health Comprehensive Gender CareTransActive Gender Center
    The Jim Collins Foundation
    The Trevor Project
    Healthcare Equality Index 2018
     Safer Sex for Trans Bodies Sexo Seguro Para Los Cuerpos Trans Trans Youth Sexual Health BookletSupporting and Caring for Transgender ChildrenNational LGBTQIA+ Health Education CenterGender Affirming Hormone Therapy (Planned Parenthood)


    Transgender Local/Community Resources

    Chippewa Valley Safe Spaces CoalitionChippewa Valley LGBTQ+ Community CenterVoice Therapy (UWEC Communication Sciences and Disorders)Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy (Planned Parenthood)

    Transgender Education

    Trans and Nonbinary Student Resource GuideWhere to donate to support the Black trans communityPronoun Dressing RoomTrans Women of Color CollectiveEverything you need to know about trans feminizing hormones Pronouns 101
    Trans Books for Teens
    Trans Books for Adults
    "I think I may be transgender..."
    Coming Out as Transgender (HRC)
    GLAAD Media Reference Guide
    National Center for Transgender Equality
    The Trevor Project
    Our Trans Loved Ones: Questions and Answers for Parents, Families, and Friends of People Who Are Transgender and Gender Expansive
    How to Talk to School Staff and Parents about Gender Identity
    How to Create Inclusive Classrooms for All Students
    An Abbreviated Gender Identity Glossary for Schools
    Education: Gender and Schools
    Tips for Trans AlliesSupporting and Caring for Transgender ChildrenTransYouth Project & Gender DevelopmentChest Binding for Trans Masculine People

    Transgender On Campus Resources

    UWEC All Gender Restroom Map (Updated Spring 2020)
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