The CGSE is located on 6 Choate Road, nestled in between Little and Brown residence halls.
The CGSE is open from Monday through Friday from 8:15am-5pm. Feel free to stop by, study, grab a cup of tea, or find out about resources.
There are many ways you can get involved with the CGSE. Here are just a few...
• V-Week and Vagina Monologues
• Men's Project
• Student Organizations: Link Up, Women of Color Collective, Women's Forum, Men's Forum, Student Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault, and more.
• Visit our website or Facebook
• Stop by the Center
Though the CGSE was set up to serve the Dartmouth community, we welcome all members of the Hanover and Upper Valley community.
The CGSE strives to provide support and services for people of all gender identities and expressions. Currently, we offer walk-in advising to provide support, references, and resources for whatever your concern may be, as well as a growing library of books and articles relating to gender and sexuality, and mentor programs.
Yes! The CGSE has programming specifically to engage men in exploring and better understanding their gender. Please see The Men's Project page to learn how you can get involved.
Students have several resources on campus. The CGSE is a safe space that is welcoming of all students, and the Center staff is available to talk to anyone with a concern. For sexual assault victim support and advocacy there are several resources on campus, including the Sexual Assault Awareness Program Coordinators (603-646-9414, blitz: SAAP), Sexual Assault Peer Advisors (blitz: SAPA), and the Counselor on Call (24/7@ 603-646-4000). For transphobic incidents, utilize the Dartmouth Bias Incident Reporting System. Additionally, Dartmouth Safety and Security is available 24/7 (603-646-4000 for non-emergencies or 603-646-3333 for emergencies) as well as the Hanover Police Department (603-643-2222 for non-emergencies or 911 for emergencies). Finally, WISE of the Upper Valley provides a Crisis Hotline (1-866-348-9473) for survivor support and advocacy.
The CGSE provides many different opportunities for men to become allies and work toward social justice. Here are a few...
• Become involved with the CGSE Men's Project
• Attend a Men's Forum meeting
• Communicate your willingness to actively support efforts that promote social justice
• Take initiative and responsibility for your own education about various forms of social injustice
• Confront oppressive language, behaviors, and institutional practices
Transgender is an umbrella term used to describe people who live outside traditional gender categories, including transsexuals, transvestites or cross-dressers, gender queers, two-spirit, and sometimes people who identify as butch or femme. A transgender person is someone whose gender identity or expression differs from conventional expectations of masculinity or femininity. Gender Identity is one's internal sense of being male or female, and for non-transgender people, there is no difference between their gender identity and their physical sex. However, transgender people find their gender identity differs from their physical sex.
People who are transgender face discrimination in their jobs, churches, and schools, as well as judgment from their friends, families and coworkers. Unlike many who are members of minorities related to sexual orientation, a transgender person may not be able to choose when they come out. Their physical appearance may automatically "out" them.
People who are transgender have issues similar and dissimilar to the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities. All these communities face issues related to coming out, relationships, community, identity, family, friends, etc. Both experience discrimination on the basis of gender and identity. Frequently, homophobic discrimination occurs because of the way a gay person presents his/her/zir gender. Similarly, a transgender person is often discriminated against because they are perceived to be gay. The transgender community, however, also faces its own distinct set of issues, just as there are different issues between lesbians, gays, and bisexual people.
• Accept them. They are the same person you have always known.
• Respect the identity they claim.
• Use their preferred pronoun.
• Educate yourselves and others.
• Advocate for them and be an ally!
Though each individual has their own level of comfort in being open and discussing their gender identity, it is generally not considered acceptable to ask someone if they are transgender. If someone would like to discuss their gender identity with you, allow them to approach you first.
Trans persons include pre-operative and post-operative transsexuals, as well as people who chose to never have surgery, who generally feel that they were born into the wrong physical sex; transgenderists (persons living full time in a different gender with no desire to pursue genital surgery); and crossdressers (once called transvestites – those whose gender expression differs from their birth sex). They also can be "passing" (masculine-appearing) women or "effeminate" men who are often assumed to be gay, although this is not necessarily the case. There are intersex persons born with ambiguous genitalia who identify as transgender. Some intersex people were surgically assigned a sex (usually female) as infants, and later developed a gender identity different from the sex assigned.
It's important to note that the term 'transgender' describes several distinct but related groups of people, many of whom use a variety of other terms to self-identify. For example, many transsexuals see themselves as a separate group, and do not want to be included under the umbrella term 'transgender.' Many post-operative transsexuals no longer consider themselves to be transsexual. Some non-operative transsexuals identify themselves as transgenderists. Despite this variation in terminology, most trans people will agree that their self-identification is an important personal right.
Crossdressers are the largest group of transgender people. Although most crossdressers are heterosexual men, there are also gay and bisexual men, as well as lesbians, bisexual and heterosexual women, who crossdress. Many male crossdressers are married and have children. The vast majority live in secrecy about their transgender status. Unlike transsexuals, they do not wish to change their physical sex.
People who identify as intersexed are born with chromosomal anomalies or ambiguous genitalia. Those with unusual genitalia are often subjected to surgical "normalization" procedures from infancy to adolescence, which usually results in loss of sexual response in adulthood. The Intersexed Society of North America has labeled this practice Infant Genital Mutilation. Some intersex infants have even been sexually reassigned – without their consent – and later in life develop gender identity issues strikingly similar to those of transsexual people.
Identifying as Gender Queer simply means expressing gender in a non-gender normative way - neither male nor female, masculine nor feminine. The Gender Queer community consists of people who transgress gender. Additionally, other people who reject the gender binary may identify themselves as androgynous, bi-gendered, gender-bender or gender-blender.
Drag Kings and Drag Queens are people who perform gender for an audience, on a stage. Drag Queens are biologically male and perform femininity on a stage, and Drag Kings are biologically female and perform masculinity on a stage.
With origins in Native American cultures, "Two-Spirit" referred to people who exhibited both masculine and feminine qualities. People who identified as Two-Spirited were traditionally revered and respected in Native American societies, and recently this term has been adopted by the queer community as a term for anyone in the sexual and gender minority communities. Sometimes it refers specifically to transgender people, and other times it refers generally to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and other queer people.
One option is to refer to yourself as Cisgendered, rather than using the word "normal" or being identified by what you are not (such as "non-transgender"). The term Cisgendered refers to someone whose gender and sex are congruent, such someone who identifies as a man who has male anatomy. The idea of Cisgender originated as a way to shift the focus off of a marginalized group, by defining not only the minority group but also the majority.
You may know people who identify as Transgendered in your daily life but you might not be privy to that information. It is a personal decision to disclose whether someone identifies as Transgendered or not.
People who identify as Transgendered may be discriminated against in many areas of their lives. Discrimination can range from having housing denied, to being unable to secure marriage/partner benefits, to being labeled and assumed to be a gender with which one does not identify.
Gender Dysphoria is the overall psychological term used to describe the feelings of pain, anguish, and anxiety that arise from the difference between a Trans person's physical sex and gender identity, and from parental and societal pressure to conform to gender norms.
A Gender Transition is the period during which Transsexual persons begin changing their appearances and bodies to match their internal gender identity. Because gender is so visible, transsexuals in transition MUST "out" themselves to their employers, their families, and their friends – literally everyone in their lives. While in transition, they are very vulnerable to discrimination and in dire need of support from family and friends. Hormonal therapy can take several months to many years to effect the physical changes in secondary sexual characteristics that will produce a passable appearance, and some may never pass completely.
For transsexual persons seeking Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS), the Real Life Test (also called the Real-Life Experience) is a one-year minimum period during which they must be able to demonstrate to their psychotherapists their ability to live and work full-time successfully in their congruent gender. The Real Life Test is a prerequisite for sex reassignment surgery under the Standards of Care.
The Standards of Care (SOC) are a set of guidelines formulated and recently revised by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), under which many transsexual persons obtain hormonal and surgical sex reassignment. While the Standards of Care minimize the chance of someone making a mistake, they have been criticized as a "gatekeeper" system. In general, a complete gender transition includes a period of psychotherapy to confirm one's true gender, the beginning of lifelong hormonal therapy, the Real Life Test, and finally, if desired, sex reassignment surgery.
SRS is the permanent surgical refashioning of sexual anatomy to resemble that of the appropriate sex. For Male to Female (MTF) Transsexuals, SRS involves the conversion of penile and scrotal tissue into female genitalia. For Female to Male (FTM) Transsexuals, it may be limited to just top surgery (breast removal) and sometimes hysterectomy. While many Trans men become satisfied with their new male anatomy, most opt out of genital surgeries for a variety of reasons, including the expense and dissatisfaction with the results. Many MTF Trans people also undergo additional cosmetic procedures, including electrolysis to remove facial and body hair, breast augmentation, Adams apple reduction, hair transplantation, liposuction and many types of facial surgeries.
Gender identity is a person's internal sense of being a man or a woman, a boy or a girl. Sexual orientation is someone's sexual attraction to others who may be of the opposite sex, the same sex, or either sex. Like other people, people who identify as Transgendered can be heterosexual, gay, lesbian or bisexual.
GID is a psychological classification found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association. Although GID is the only diagnosis under which Trans people may receive treatment, and therefore it is necessary, it also is controversial. Some psychotherapists believe GID has been used inappropriately and harmfully to treat gender variant youth. Moreover, many if not most Trans people also believe they do not have a mental disorder.
The CGSE is a safe space that is welcoming of all students, and the Center staff is available to talk to anyone at any time. Additionally, the CGSE has a library with several books and articles on gender identity and being transgender. Counseling and Human Development at Dartmouth offers counseling to students who may be questioning their gender identity and would like to discuss it confidentially with someone. There are several campus organizations that provide LGBTQ resources, including the Office of Queer and Allied Student Advising and the Dartmouth Gay-Straight Alliance (GSX).
Last Updated: 8/29/13