Queer Resource Center/LGBTQQIAA

Trans Resources on Campus

Amherst College embraces and celebrates all forms of diversity, including gender identity and expression. This website was developed to assist trans and gender non-conforming students as they navigate institutional structures on campus. This website will be updated as we gather more information about policies and practices in various departments. Please note that this is just a collection of existing policies on campus; the QRC does not necessarily endorse all of the policies and practices below.

Trans Resources on Campus

Non-Discrimination Policy

Amherst College does not discriminate in its admission or employment policies and practices on the basis of factors such as race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, color, religion, national origin, disability or status as a veteran of the Vietnam War era or as a disabled veteran. The College complies with federal and state legislation and regulations regarding non-discrimination.

Housing & Residence Life

All housing is gender-inclusive unless a student chooses to live on a single-gender floor.

Student Life

Queer Resource Center: The mission of the Queer Resource Center (QRC) is to support the LGBTQIAP students of Amherst College. The QRC seeks to empower the lives of queer and trans students and provide a safe, intentional, open, and confidential atmosphere where students can gather openly and discuss relevant issues/topics. Through dynamic programming and educational outreach, the QRC seeks to improve the campus climate for queer and trans students and advocate for the respect and safety of all members of the campus community.

Pride Alliance: LGBTQIA student organization of Amherst College. Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2200012963/

Queer Talk: Weekly program in the QRC co-sponsored by the Counseling Center, facilitated by Dr. Deb and Dr. Darien.

Trans*Action Support Group: New group created to support trans students at the Five Colleges. Closed Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fivecollegesupport/

Queer/Trans People of Color Group: New group created to support queer and trans people of color at the Five Colleges

Counseling Center

Queer Talk: Weekly program in the QRC co-sponsored by the Counseling Center, facilitated by Dr. Deb and Dr. Darien

Dr. Darien McFadden: Darien's clinical interests are varied and include sexual orientation, gender and coming-out issues, conflicts around race, culture and ethnicity, male and female body-image issues, stress/anxiety management and trauma.

Student Health Center

As of May 2014, Amherst College student health insurance coverage now includes hormone replacement therapy, gender reassignment surgery (maximum of $50,000) and gender-related counseling.

Name/Gender Marker Changes

Students have the option to enter a preferred name through the ACData system on their "Personal ID" page. This name can be updated at anytime and appears on all internal documents (class rosters, email, directory, etc.). Student ID cards can be reissued with an updated name change once for no charge. Subsequent card updates require the typical replacement fee.

Legal names, which appear on diplomas and transcripts, cannot be changed without proof of a legal name change. If an alumnus changes their name after graduating, diplomas and transcripts can be reissued with the correct name listed.

Gender markers are not listed on internal documents such as class rosters, emails, directory, etc. When asked to select a gender on any university documents, students are encouraged to self-identify their gender marker with the options available. 

Athletics

Amherst College varsity athletics are bound by the regulations set forth by the National College Athletic Association (NCAA). The following recommendations were taken from an article on the NCAA website entitled "Report Offers Guidance for Transgender Student-Athletes" by Gary Brown.

Recommendations for transgender athletes undergoing hormone treatment:

  • A male-to-female transgender student-athlete who is taking medically prescribed hormone treatment related to gender transition may participate on a men’s team at any time but must complete one year of hormone treatment related to gender transition before competing on a women’s team.
  • A female-to-male transgender student-athlete who is taking medically prescribed testosterone related to gender transition may not participate on a women’s team after beginning hormone treatment and must request a medical exception from the national governing body before competing on a men’s team because testosterone is a banned substance.
  • A female-to-male transgender student-athlete who is taking medically prescribed testosterone for the purposes of gender transition may compete on a men’s team.
  • In any case where a student-athlete is taking hormone treatment related to gender transition, that treatment must be monitored by a physician, and the NGB must receive regular reports about the athlete’s eligibility according to these guidelines.

Recommendations for transgender athletes not undergoing hormone treatment:

  • Any transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatment related to gender transition may participate in sex-separated sports activities in accordance with his or her assigned birth gender.
  • A female-to-male transgender student-athlete who is not taking testosterone related to gender transition may participate on a men’s or women’s team.
  • A male-to-female transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatments related to gender transition may not compete on a women’s team.