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How many trans and gender non-conforming students are at enrolled at Iowa State?

Iowa State does not currently keep university-wide data about how many trans or gender non-conforming students are enrolled. However, Center staff can confirm that many trans and gender non-conforming students are here, they are accessing our office’s services and attending our events, and they are part of diverse communities and academic areas across campus.
 

Where do trans and gender non-conforming students go to find community and support? What campus organizations or groups are they a part of?

There are several groups and offices on campus where trans and gender non-conforming students find community, and what a student needs may depend on their interests, their background, how they identify, etc. If you want help identifying organizations or groups who might be a good fit for you, feel free to contact Center staff.

Trans and gender non-conforming students are involved with a range of student organizations and groups across campus. We encourage you to look through the Student Organizations directory and attend events like Clubfest in the early fall and spring semesters to learn more about organizations that you might be interested in.

If you would specifically like to get involved with LGBTQIA+ student organizations and groups, see the LGBTSS website for more information about the active groups on campus. Feel free to reach out to group leaders to learn more about their organization and events they have coming up.

You can also keep up-to-date with events in the larger LGBTQIA+ community (the LGBTSS office, LGBTQIA+ student orgs, Ames community groups, etc.) by checking the list of events on our website regularly and/or following LGBTSS on social media (@ISULGBTSS on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube).
 

 Is the LGBTSS Center a supportive and welcoming place for trans and gender non-conforming students?

The Center in 1064 Student Services Building is a community space open to all Iowa State students. We strive to make our center welcoming to and inclusive of people of diverse gender identities, gender expressions, sexual identities, as well as other aspects of identity such as race, ability, nationality, class, faith, and so on. We expect that everyone who uses the center space follow the guidelines, which were created by students with the objective of making an affirming community space where everyone feels respected. We encourage you to visit our center as a potential place where you can relax and be yourself.

 

What services does LGBTSS offer for students? Can I use your services if I’m stealth?

LGBTSS staff are happy to meet with students who are seeking extra support, have questions about campus resources, and/or want to get connected with community. Contact us via email, phone, or in-person if you would like to make an appointment. We can also sometimes meet with students who drop-by without an appointment, depending on staff availability.                                              

Yes, you can use our services if you are stealth. Our staff is committed to protecting the privacy of the students we work with. If you have concerns about meeting at our offices, we would be happy to find a meeting location that would be more comfortable for you.
 

Are there any groups specifically for trans and gender non-conforming students on campus?

Currently, there are not any active student groups focused solely on trans and gender non-conforming people and/or issues. However, this could always change if students want to take leadership to start such a group. If you are interested in starting a group for trans and gender non-conforming students but you are not sure what it would involve, feel free to contact Center staff to discuss this.
 

Are there groups in the local, off-campus community for trans and gender non-conforming people?

Here are some options for students seeking trans-affirming and supportive community off-campus:

  • Transformations Iowa is a support group for transgender and gender non-conforming people that holds meetings in Des Moines, Urbandale, and Cedar Rapids. Contact sophia.transformations@gmail.com or 515-745-6766 for more information.
     
  • The Des Moines Pride Center  is a volunteer driven organization committed to strengthening a vibrant community of all sexual orientations and gender identities through diverse programming, services, and celebrations.