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  • Know Your Rights

    Know Your Rights


    Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. 

    Purdue University views, evaluates, and treats all persons in any University related activity or circumstance in which they may be involved, solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics. 

    Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Purdue’s Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action policy which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the University promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans through its affirmative action program. 


    All members of our community are free to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity. All-gender restrooms are also available in all academic buildings - with the exception of the Williams Theatre and Helmke Library - for anyone who may not feel comfortable using a gender-designated restroom. 


    The preferred name policy allows students to change their name through the Registrar's office via this form. Please allow 24-48 hours for a request to be processed. You may change your preferred name once per semester, and you may only update your first name not your last name. The university will continue to make necessary changes to the implementation of the process to ensure preferred names are used whenever possible. Legal name will continue to be used for business and legal purpose in the following places: admissions, housing contracts, student billing accounts, financial aid, enrollment verification, transcripts, teacher licensure records, government employment forms, governmental tax forms, paychecks, and with the university police.  

    A legal name change can be made using this form, and you must provide one of the following forms of identification with that new name: driver's license or state issued photo ID, marriage license, social security card, permanent resident card, passport, divorce decree, or court order.  

    Currently, there is no process for changing the gender marker on school records at Purdue Fort Wayne. 


    ACLU Transgender Rights - American Civil Liberties Union Guide to Transgender civil rights in the United States

    Know Your Rights: Students & LGBTQ Rights at School - Southern Poverty Law Center guide to LGBTQ students' rights in public education 

    LGBT Rights in the United States - Wikipedia article detailing the current state of LGBTQ+ rights and anti-discrimination laws in the US 

    National Equality Map - State-by-state guide to laws and policies supporting equality for trans people

  • Campus and Local Resources

    Campus and Local Resources


    PFW Campus Clinic 
    The Purdue Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic is an outpatient facility that provides a variety of healthcare services to students, faculty, staff, and community members. 

    PFW Counseling Services 
    Students have access to a variety of short-term counseling services—for which there is no charge—to address their individual needs through the Student Assistance Program. These services are confidential and provided in a welcoming, comfortable setting regardless of a student’s race, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, ability, or sexual orientation.

    PFW CARE Team 
    The Office of the Dean of Students coordinates the CARE Team, which identifies students in crisis and gets them the guidance they need. If you or a friend are struggling, you can fill out the online referral form at the link above to request help.


    TREES - Mobile education organization doing transgender education and resource building in small towns and rural communities

    BRAVE Alliance
    Allen County services exclusively for the LGBTQIA+ community as well as projects to advance the quality of care provided in areas of mental health & health care. 

    Black Trans Advocacy Coalition - Advocacy organization working to address issues faced by black trans people 

    Black Trans Men Inc. - Empowerment and support for black trans men 

    Black Transwomen, Inc. - Non-profit focused on advocacy and resources for Black trans women 

    Brown Boi Project - Community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen and allies committed to changing the way that communities of color talk about gender 

    Digital Transgender Archives - An expansive archive of trans histories 

    Finding a Trans-Knowledgeable Therapist -Free guide for finding trans-knowledgeable mental health providers 

    ftmark - Blog about transmasculinity 

    Gender Nexus - Connections and resources for gender diverse people 

    Health Concerns for Transgender People - Blog post about health issues faced by transgender people from the Mayo Clinic 

    Marsha P Johnson Institute - Advocacy and community organizing group for Black trans people 

    National Center for Transgender Equality - Advocacy and support for trans people 

    Safer Sex for Trans Bodies - A safer sex guide guide for trans and gender diverse people 

    Trans Teen Survival Guide - Resources and support for trans youth and their allies 

    Trans Teen Survival Guide: Transfeminine Sexual Health - Resources and education about sexual health for transfeminine people 

    Trans Teen Survival Guide: Transmasculine Sexual Health - Resources and education about sexual health for transmasculine people 

    Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Organization committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts. 

    You Are Not Alone - Self-care tips and resources for trans people 



    PPG - Family Medicine (Parkview Medicine)


    5693 YMCA Park Dr. West
    Fort Wayne, IN 46835

    Family & Primary Care, HIV prevention/PrEP and gender affirming therapies



    Alliance Health Centers


    2700 Lafayette Street

    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806

    PrEP Prescriber, Self-Identifying member of LGBTQ Community, Serving LGBTQ Patients, Family & Primary Care



    3Rivers Wellness & Counseling 


    4630 West Jefferson BoulevardSuite 3Fort Wayne, IN 46804Specialties: Trauma and PTSD, Transgender care 


    Family Service Society, Inc. 

    101 S Washington St 
    Marion, IN 46952 

    765.662.9971 ext. 122 

    Counseling, Individual or Group Therapy/Counseling 

    Services - Website  


    Consulting & Counseling Associates 

    4214 Hobson CourtFort Wayne, IN 46815 


    Services - Website  


    3262 Mallard Cove LaneFort Wayne, IN 46804 




    Psychological Service Associates, Inc. 

    3421 E State Blvd.Fort Wayne, IN 46805 


    Services - Website 


    Fort Wayne Medical Education Program 
    Family Medicine 

    750 BroadwaySuite 250Fort Wayne, IN 46802 


    Family Practice 


    330 Lawview DriveGoshen, IN 46528 



  • Transition Resources

    Transition Resources

    Transition Roadmap - Guide to transitioning one's gender, including steps of transitioning and what to expect 

    Information on Estrogen Hormone Therapy - Overview of feminizing hormone therapy 

    Information on Testosterone Hormone Therapy - Overview of masculinizing hormone therapy 

    Gender-Affirming Surgery - Information about gender-affirming surgeries from the UC-San Francisco Transgender Care Center 

    Transgender Visibility Guide - Coming out guide for trans people 

    Second Puberty 101 - Transition guide for transfeminine people 

    Dysphoria Tips Masterlist - A collection of articles and posts about dealing with gender dysphoria, with tips for transmasc, transfeminine, and non-binary individuals 

    Paying for Gender Confirming Surgery - Guide developed by MoneyGeek with information to help trans people financially plan their gender confirmation surgery 

    Susan's Place - Trans resources including general information, transition resources, and more 

    gc2b - Binders and binder resources 

    Binding 101 - Tips for safe chest binding

    MOSAIC HEALTH & HEALING ARTS - Full-spectrum family medicine, Mosaic has developed into a center for gender-affirming care, HIV care and prevention, and mental health care. Mosaic has also recognized the need for LGBTQ2IA+ competency training in medicine, social work, community organizations, and offers trainings to make the community a more welcoming place.


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