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Sexuality, Women, and Gender

Hinman Box 6133
6 Choate Road
Hanover, NH
Phone: 603-646-3456
Fax: 603-646-3390
Email: SWAG.OPAL@Dartmouth.Edu

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the CGSE office located and when is it open?

The CGSE office (OPAL) is located on 6 Choate Road, nestled in between Little and Brown residence halls.

The office 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.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways you can get involved! Here are just a few...

What type of services do you provide for women?

The CGSE office 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 selection of books and articles relating to gender and sexuality, and mentor programs.

Does the CGSE Office offer services and programs for men, too?

Yes! The CGSE office 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.

Who on campus can I talk to about gender issues? Where can I turn if I have been the victim of rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, or transphobic incident?

Students have several resources on campus. The CGSE office is a safe space that is welcoming of all students, and staff are 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.

I'm a man interested in being a better ally to women. How can I do this?

The CGSE office provides many different opportunities for men to become allies and work toward social justice. Here are a few...

• Become involved with the Men's Project (pdf)
• 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

What does transgender mean?

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. For more info please visit Dartmouth Gender & Sexual Diversity & LGBTQIA+ Advising

What is the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation?

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.

What are resources for transgender people?

The CGSE office is a safe space that is welcoming of all students, and the staff are available to talk to anyone at any time. Additionally, the CGSE office has a selection of 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 Dartmouth Gender & Sexual Diversity & LGBTQIA+ Advising.

Last Updated: 2/2/16