All About Gender Identity

Mergenthaler HallIf you identify as transgender, transsexual, a crossdresser, genderqueer, two spirit, gender non-conforming, agender, bigender, or anything else under the trans* umbrella, LGBTQ Life is here to help. If you're looking for a basic introduction to transgender issues, please visit our Trans* Introduction page. Some of this is based on resources provided by Towson University's Trans on Campus Guide. You may also wish to visit our links page for other trans resources

On this page, you will find information about:

Coming Out as Trans

Coming out as transgender or gender non-conforming can be similar to coming out as lesbian or gay, but it also has unique aspects. If you need assistance with coming out, you may wish to contact LGBTQ Life, visit the Counseling Center, or join the Counseling Center LGBTQ Support Group.

Here are some additional guides for people who are coming out.

Resources for Trans Students


We are working on a system to recognize your preferred name in informal communications with the university. We have tried to put all the information we have about using preferred names here. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Our non-discrimination policy at Hopkins includes gender identity and expression, as well as sexual orientation. It reads "The University is committed to maintaining learning and working environments that are free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. Each member of the community is responsible for fostering civility, for being familiar with this policy, and for refraining from conduct that violates this policy. Accordingly, discrimination based on sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic is prohibited."

Additionally, the student health insurance plans provide coverage for transition-related health care in the same way any other procedure is covered. You can learn more about health insurance policies here.


We're proud to offer gender inclusive housing in the Homewood residence halls.

For academic year 2014-2015, housing and residential life will allow students to choose to live in housing with student(s) that are not of the same sex. Traditionally, housing assignments and placements were with students of the same sex and, in general, that will continue. However, we acknowledge that this does not work for everyone. This policy is being implemented to meet the needs of all students, by nurturing an atmosphere where students can be the most comfortable with those with whom they live. It is important that the residential community has an atmosphere that values diversity, social justice, and promotes the dignity of all people. Therefore, you may choose to create your living group as single sex (male or female), or a mixed group, which will create a gender inclusive unit (GIH). In either case, you must fill your unit, or complete an already open unit. Regardless of which arrangement you choose, you are strongly discouraged from living with someone you may be dating.

Contact LGBTQ Life or our colleagues in Housing and Residential Life so we can provide accommodations that meet your needs.

all gender restroom signAccess

Here is a list of all-gender restrooms for your use. You can also find them listed on the maps on the JHUmobile app, available for iOS and for Android.

We are working on finding all-gender restrooms and single-occupancy restrooms across the system. Let us know if you'd like to help us identify them!

School of Education Buildings

  • Homewood: 2 in the basement of the Education Building
  • Columbia: 1st floor
  • Montgomery County Campus: 2 in the basement of Gilchrist Hall

Homewood Campus

All-Gender single-stall restrooms with ADA accessiblityAll-Gender single-stall restrooms (without ADA accessibility)
  • Ames 5th Floor restroom (500s, 520 or 521?)
  • Maryland 311a
  • Garland B76/T001A
  • Garland 302
  • Shriver 100B
  • Two restrooms on Shaffer First Floor (no room numbers, closest to 100 and 103).
  • Locker room (with shower) in basement of Recreation Center, near pool entrance
  • Athletic Center lobby
  • Homewood Apartments: inside the Student Health and Wellness Center; lobby of Counseling Center
  • Wolman Hall – 2 bathrooms on Terrace level, across from the mailboxes
  • AMR I, in main lobby, next door to the MPR
  • AMR II, in main hallway, next to the Blue Jay Lounge
  • Jenkins 215
  • Jenkins 315
  • Jenkins 415
  • MSEL 131 (near administrative area)
  • MSEL 132 (near administrative area)
  • Shriver BT1
  • Shriver BT2


 School of Nursing Buildings

  • SON House: 2nd floor
  • Student House: 1st floor

Trans Support in the Baltimore Area

There are several transgender groups offered by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB):

  • Akanni - Black Transmen, Inc. presents Akanni, a support group for all transgender men that are conforming and non-conforming at any stage in their transition process. Akanni is a safe, respectful, and confidential environment where transmen can share their story and their journey. Akanni is from the Yoruba language meaning profitable encounter. For more info contact
  • Baltimore Trans-Masculine Alliance - A support group for FTMs. For info contact
  • Tran*quility: A support group for MTFs but anyone who varies from traditional gender expression are welcome. For info contact

Chase Brexton Health Services - Founded in 1978, Chase Brexton Health Services provides patient-centered interdisciplinary health care for diverse communities including those individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender; HIV positive and affected; and all others who face barriers accessing quality health care. Chase Brexton offers hormone treatments for transgender individuals looking to transition. They also offer a variety of other transgender-specific services. Chase Brexton has multiple locations, including one in Mt. Vernon.

Baltimore Community Relations Commission - This city agency investigates discrimination within the city in employment, housing, credit, health, and public accommodations. Read their brochure on protections for trans* people.

Sugar - Sugar is a lesbian owned, women and trans operated sexual education center and store. Sugar is located at 927 W. 36th Street in Hampden, in Baltimore.

Hearts and Ears - Hearts & Ears is a peer support and advocacy program for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people with mental health issues or concerns. Hearts & Ears provides a safe and confidential setting where members can network and offer one another support. Other programs include advocacy within the mental health systems and the community-at-large, a newsletter, and activities. Hearts & Ears' center is located at 1133 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 204, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Resources for Legally Transitioning

Visit trans*youthMD for more information about legal aspects to transitioning. Contact Free State Legal for assistance with name changes and other legal concerns. This page is not legal advice, only a listing of resources.

Legal Name Changes for Maryland Residents

If you are 18 or older, here is are instructions for changing your name in Maryland. The petition for change of name form is here. Keep in mind that the reason you write in for requesting the name change will be the reason included in the newspaper announcement of your impending name change. Also note that there is a $135 fee for filing the name change (which may be waived if you have little or no income and file a form stating such). There is also a fee (about $80) for having it printed in a newspaper that circulates in the county where you live, which is a requirement of the name change process. You will then need to update Johns Hopkins and any other places where your legal name is in use.

Sex Marker Change on Maryland Licenses or IDs

Currently the state of Maryland does not require residents to obtain sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) before changing their sex marker on their license or state issued ID. You can change your gender on your ID, learner's permit, or driver's license without getting an order from the court. Gender marker changes are only done at the Glen Burnie MVA. You can either go in person or mail your request to: MD MVA , ATTN: Driver Wellness and Safety Division, 6601 Ritchie Highway, NE, Glen Burnie, MD 21062. If you mail in your request, make sure to keep copies of everything you mail. Note that if you also want to change your name at the same time, you need to go in person. More information is on the MVA website.

Sex Marker Change on Birth Certificates

The rules around changes to your birth certificate vary based on where you were born. Check out Transsexual Road Map for a state-by-state list, and these resources from Lambda Legal.

If you were born in Maryland, the Maryland Division of Vital Statistics will only change your sex marker on your birth certificate if you have gotten a legal gender change (an order from a court that says your gender has been changed.) The Division of Vital Statistics may issue an "amended" birth certificate for gender marker changes. This means that they may attach a sheet to your current birth certificate that shows your new gender identity.

Trans-Friendly Health Services

This list is based on a list provided by Chase Brexton. Let us know if you find other people who should be added here.

Therapists & Mental Health Providers
Chase Brexton Mental Health Services
1111 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
410-837-2050 ext. 2428

Barbara Cohen, LCSWC, MSW
2 Hamill Road, Suite 127, Baltimore, MD 21210
410-464-9005, Office; 410-486-3075, Home

Chris Kraft, PhD (JHH Private Practice)
2688 Greenspring Station, Baltimore, MD

Feinberin Psychological Associates
Dr. Stanley Fishbein, psychologist
Dr. Susan Fishbein, psychologist
Mt. Vernon, Randallstown, and Towson, MD

Greg Lehne, PhD
4419 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211-1226

Pro Bono Counseling Project: offers sliding fee scale
410-323-5800 or 1-877-323-5800

Kate Thomas, PhD
2360 W. Joppa Road, Ste. 200, Baltimore, MD 21093

Jill Gaumer, LCSW Therapist
55 E. High Street Elkton, MD 21921

Healthcare & Primary Care

Chase Brexton Health Care
1111 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Mary Blackburn, MD
7801 York Road, Suite 102, Towson, MD 21204

Sam Westrick, MD
MedStar Union Memorial Adult Medicine Specialists at Lake Falls
6080 Falls Rd #204
Baltimore MD 21209

Speech/Voice Therapists

  • Carol Beswick, SLP,
  • Sally Gallena, SLP Columbia Office of Loyola Speech Therapy, 410-617-7676
  • Tish Moody, George Washington University Speech and Hearing Center, 202-994-7360 or 301-840-1215
  • Laser Assisted Voice Adjustment - Melissa Walker, GBMC, 443-849-2087
  • Lynda Wilner, Speech/Language Specialist - Owings Mills, MD, 410-356-5666


Sollay Laser Center 
3700 Koppers Street
Baltimore, MD

Village Electrolysis
1621 Sulgrave Avenue
Mt. Washington, MD  21209

American Laser Skincare
7801 York Road, Suite 101A, Towson, MD 21204