Trans @ UWM

Transitioning at UWM or want to learn about what goes into the transition process here on campus? Check out our Guide to Transitioning at UWM, which includes:

  • Gender Therapists
  • Name Changes
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Inclusive Restrooms

We also have information about trans inclusive policies on campus, such as our non-discrimination policies, sexual harassment policies, and hate/bias response policies. We also have information on the Klotsche Center and involvement with sports on campus.

And information on how to get a legal name change if you’re a Wisconsin resident. If you’re an out-of-state student, you can check out this page to learn how to get a legal name change in your state of residence.

Resources

UWM Resources

The trans and gender non-conforming student group at UWM is called UNITE. It meets biweekly, and serves as both an advocacy and social support group. For more information, contact Sarah at madjr@uwm.edu. 

Community Resources

FORGE Forward is a nationally-known trans advocacy organization based in Milwaukee. See forge-forward.org for more details about their programs. They host a monthly social support and education program for trans people and SOFFAS (significant others, friends, family, and allies).

Genderqueer Milwaukee meets biweekly (usually on Wednesday nights). You can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GQMKE.

The Tool Shed at 2427 Murray Ave sells gender expression items such as binders. They also have an online storefront on their website.

Mental Health Resources

You might already know that the transgender community has the highest suicide attempt rate of any population – often cited at 41%. It is a tough road sometimes, but it’s important to know that you’re not alone in traveling it.

The Norris Health Center has several therapists who are happy to counsel trans students. You can contact them at (414) 229-4716 to make an appointment.

The MKE LGBT Community Center has an extensive list of therapists who have experience with transgender clients.

Local Hotlines

Warmline A non-crisis, supportive listening phone line for people, run by volunteer peers with various mental illnesses.  Call (414) 777-4729. Open 7-11 pm, every day but Tuesday.

Milwaukee County – Psychiatric Crisis Line A 24/7 hotline that provides immediate emergency counseling and referral information – if you’re feeling desperate, CALL. (414) 257-7222. If it’s a medical emergency, dial 911.

LGBT+ Specific Hotlines

Trevor Project The Trevor lifeline number is 1-866-488-7386.

It Gets Better Project Hotline is 1-888-843-4564. Youth Talkline is 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743).

Trans Lifeline The Trans Lifeline is a crisis line staffed entirely by transgender operators. The number is 877-565-8860