Transitioning can be a long and stressful process but the following resources may be able to help with transitioning including medical or legal. The Office of LBGT Student Services does not endorse any specific practice or legal advocacy, this is only to share information of what is in the accessible area. The Office of LBGT Student Services encourages those who are considering transitioning to do their own research and ask questions to find the best options that work for them.
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Medical providers may abide by WPATH standards (ver. 7) where a letter from a licensed therapist is required before proceeding with hormones or any surgical procedures.
Legally transitioning can include name, birth certificate, or gender marker change. Factors that may influence ease (or difficulty) in changing legal documents may depend on where your birth certificate was issued and/or where you are currently living.
Medically transitioning can include hormones, endocrinology, surgeries, and regular wellness. Hormone options can include topical, oral, or injection depending on dosage and type of hormone (estrogen versus testosterone). Prolonged use of hormones may also include scheduled visits with an endocrinologist to do regular blood work and to check on any adverse health outcomes. Please speak with a trusted medical professional about what options might work best for you.
Transgender Voice Services
Transgender individuals may wish to speak in a range that is reflective of their identity. Transgender voice therapy services may include speech, language, and pragmatic functioning as they relate to gender. For transgender voice services through WMU, visit the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences page or call (269) 387-7000. All clients must get an evaluation before starting individual weekly voice therapy on a semester basis. For more information about the availability of transgender voice therapy, read about the speech pathology master's programs.