Spectrum Center

Many are aware of a leaked memo by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that seeks to narrowly define gender by a person’s biology, which would drastically roll back recognition and protection of transgender people under federal civil rights law (Green, Brenner, and Pear, Oct. 21, 2018, New York Times). This communication has deeply impacted many people within our communities. The Spectrum Center is a space affirming of trans, gender-non conforming, and intersex communities. The Center staff are here for trans, non-conforming, and intersex students, staff, and faculty members at the institution and beyond. You can reach out to the Spectrum Center at spectrumcenter@umich.edu or by phone at (734) 763-4186. We have compiled a list of campus, local, and national resources available to trans, gender-non conforming, and intersex communities. We recognize that piecing together the information and resources you may need can be overwhelming and confusing. We are available and prepared to help navigate these resources. Please take a look at the resources below pertaining to this situation.

Resources accessible by phone 24/7:

Local and State Resources:

National Resources:

  • National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) - Nation's leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

  • ID Document Center (NCTE) - For name and gender changes

  • Trans Law Center - “changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.”

  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project - “works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.”

  • InterACT - Focused on peer support for parents and/or intersex adults, on political activism and awareness-building, on promoting research, and on advocacy in the medical community

  • Lambda Legal - Their mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Articles Available Online:

Here's What Trump's Proposed Memo Really Means for Trans People