Protection From Discrimination
Texas State University prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of:
- Gender Identity
- Gender Expression
- National Origin
- Sexual Orientation
- Veterans' Status
Texas State forbids discrimination in any university activity or program. Faculty members, staff employees or students who discriminate against others in connection with a university activity or program are subject to disciplinary sanctions. The university policy statement on Non-Discrimination is available at: http://www.txstate.edu/effective/upps/upps-04-04-46.html.
Please also be aware that Title IX does not just protect women from sexual harassment. It also protects men and members of the LGBTQIA community from harassment and sexual misconduct. Please visit http://www.txstate.edu/oea/related-policies/Sexual-Misconduct-Policy.html for the complete policy.
Transgender & Gender Reassignment
Texas laws do not prohibit a transgender person from seeking gender reassignment. Many people have successfully obtained name changes*, gender marker changes and new legal documents, including, but not limited to: driver's licenses, passports, social security cards, birth certificates, etc. in accordance with their gender identity. In order to obtain gender marker and name changes, people do not have to have undergone surgery or hormone therapy. However, many small towns and counties may be hesitant to assist or comply with requests due to personal biases. Please request an appointment with the Attorney for Students Office to assist you in navigating this process.
*Please be aware that these services are not limited to those individuals who are prepared to legally change their names. There are services that allow for individuals to use their chosen names on campus for example, on email, class rosters, etc. without going through an official legal process. Please consult the Attorney for Students for more information.
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AdvoCats Coordinating Board:
The AdvoCats Coordinating Board is a programming team under the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion that is comprised of staff, faculty and students. They provide student-based, community-led educational outreach programs (called the Allies of Texas State trainings that include a placard for Allies) that address heterosexism, transphobia and homophobia. These trainings are for students only. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alliance LGBTQA Staff and Faculty Organization:
The Texas State Alliance encourages, promotes, and celebrates the awareness, equality, social acceptance, non-discrimination, and individual freedoms of all employees regardless of their sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. The Alliance organization provides trainings for faculty and staff who are interested in becoming Allies and receiving their Ally placard. For more information, please email email@example.com.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):
The ACLU is a national organization advocating individual rights, by litigating, legislating and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom. For more information, visit: www.aclu.org.
Bobcat Equality Alliance:
Progressive student organization that works to promote and achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) equality, leadership and safe places. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bobcat PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity, and Equality):
Bobcat PRIDE strives to empower those in the LGBTQIA community at Texas State through mentorship, social change, and service. For more information, contact email@example.com.
U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organization which promotes the image of LGBT people in the media. Visit their website at http://www.glaad.org/.
Human Rights Campaign:
America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Visit their website at http://www.hrc.org/.
LAMBDA of Texas State:
Social student organization created in order to provide a positive social and educational environment for Texas State's homosexual, bisexual, transgender students and their straight allies. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAMBDA Legal is the nation's oldest and largest legal organization working for the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit their website at: www.lambdalegal.org.
Office for Civil Rights (OCR):
The Office for Civil Rights' mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation's schools. Please visit their website at www2.ed.gov/ocr for more information.
Transcend is a Texas State student group for transgender, non-binary and all-gender diverse students and their Allies. This student organization gives transgender, non-binary and all gender diverse students and their Allies an opportunity to come together to share experiences and to support each other at Texas State around issues related to gender identity and expression. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Transgender Law Center - Making Authentic Lives Possible:
The Transgender Law Center is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. They work to change law, policy and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. For more information, visit their website at: www.transgenderlawcenter.org.