Sexuality and Gender Resources

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is committed to advocating for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) students, staff, and community members. We believe in creating an environment where sexual and gender diversity is respected and celebrated. As a Center, we resist any actions contrary to the health and success of our LGBTQIA+ communities.

To our LGBTQIA+ students, please know you belong here. You are supported, you are valid, and you are not alone. We look forward to working alongside you.


Campus Organizations and Resources

The Safe Space, ST 101E

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is home to the Safe Space. The Safe Space office hosts an array of LGBTQIA+ pamphlets, a computer, and a couch. It serves as an organizing space for the Pride and Equality Club.

Pride and Equality Club

The purpose of PAEC is to provide education and awareness on Queer issues, encourage positive change within our community, and provide service within our organization, on campus, and throughout the community.

Pride Alliance

Pride Alliance is a committee comprised of students, staff, faculty, and administrators dedicated to supporting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community on the campus of Southern Utah University (SUU).

Pride Alliance webpage includes allyship materials, a glossary of LGBTQIA+ terms, the SUU Allies Network Directory, and Resources for LGBTQIA+ students. Committee members also conduct regular trainings on campus and can take training requests on the webpage.

LGBTQIA+ and Allies Community CAPS Group

Tuesdays 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, located in the Library Room 201

Southern Utah University Allies on Campus hosts an open weekly community group. This group is an opportunity for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and Allies to get together, learn from, and support each other. Pertinent issues such as coming out to parents, the challenges or balancing academics and dating, relationship challenges, discrimination and advocate burn out are discussed. Anyone seeking support or safety is invited to attend at any time throughout the semester. This group is co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services.

Women & Gender Studies

Southern Utah University Women and Gender Studies Program seeks to enrich and inform students, faculty, and the community by presenting forums for discussion and presentations about the accomplishments of women past and present, as well as bringing awareness of women's opportunities and needs as they relate to women in a global society.

The Feminist Club

An intersectional network of people who identify as feminist and discuss issues, articles, and experiences related to feminism. Contact: suuthefeministclub@gmail.com


Local and Regional Organizations

Pride of Southern Utah

Pride of Southern Utah is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that everyone belongs. Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or one of our Allies, we want to serve you.

Cedar Pride Community Meeting

Wednesdays 8PM - 9PM, Cedar City Public Library

The first and third Wednesday of each month, Pride of Southern Utah, Cedar City, hosts a meeting at the Cedar City Library. All are invited to come share a safe place with others in the community while we learn about and connect with each other.

Other Organizations


Health Services Information

Employee Health Insurance

Southern Utah University employees are members of EMI Health. The EMI Benefits health insurance plan does not cover any qualified health services associated with gender reassignment.

General Healthcare Services

These services have indicated that they are LGBTQ+ friendly.

Cedar City

Family Healthcare
Phone: 435-986-2565

Salt Lake City

Transgender Health Program
Phone: 801-213-3599, option 1

St. George

Planned Parenthood
Phone: 435-674-9933

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Cedar City, UT

Karen Whittemore, Family Nurse Practitioner at Family Healthcare
Phone: 435-865-1387

Notes: Provides Hormone Replacement Therapy, requires a few visits with Family Healthcare’s therapist beforehand.

Holladay, UT

Rebirth OBGYN - Gynecology, Transgynecology, and LGBTQ+ Health - Gender Center
Phone: 801-272-3909

Notes: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Puberty Blockers, Surgical Postop Care, and Hysterectomy 
Website: http://www.rebirthobgyn.com/

Las Vegas, NV

Dr. Quang Nguyen, DO
Phone: 702-431-7008

Notes: Requires a referral from your primary care physician and a letter form a mental health provider. Provides hormone replacement therapy.

Henderson, NV

Fred Toffel, MD
Phone: 702-736-2021

Notes: Provides Hormone Replacement Therapy

Mental Health Services for Gender and Sexuality Diverse Individuals

Organizations

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors.

Trans Lifeline

A national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.

LGBTQ+ Friendly Therapists

Cedar City

Nateasa McGuire, LCSW
Sun Ray Family Counseling
nateasam.sunray@gmail.com
Specialiites: Trauma and PTSD, Identity work

Sarah Cowley, LCMHC
Sun Ray Family Counseling
sarahc.sunray@gmail.com
Specialities: Depression, Anxiety, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, transgender

St. George

Linda Helquist, MA, LMFT
Alpine Consulting Group, Inc
Specialties: LGBTQ+, Depression, Relationship Issues

Ecko Ashmore, AMFT
Southern Utah Counseling Experience
Specialties: LGBTQ+, Anxiety, Depression

Shara Mitchel Ogilvie, CMHC
The Lotus Group
Specialties: LGBTQ+, Anxiety, Depression, personality disorders, PTSD


Admissions

Primary Contact: Chris Proctor, Associate Director of Admissions for Processing, proctor@suu.edu

Applicants to Southern Utah University may self-identify gender on their admission application. The gender need not be their legal medical sex.


Student Housing

Primary contact: Christopher Ralphs, Director of University Housing and Residential Education, christopherralphs@suu.edu or 435-586-7960

Housing and roommate assignments at Southern Utah University are made based on a student's legal medical sex on their housing application. The Residence Life Office offers a variety of housing options and will work with students to try to meet their needs. Gender diverse students with concerns regarding housing or roommate assignments should contact Christopher Ralphs to schedule an appointment.


Restrooms and Locker Rooms

Restrooms

At Southern Utah University, students should use the restroom that matches their self-identified gender. A map of the all-gender restroom options on campus is available.

Athletics Locker Rooms

Primary Contact: Jameson Porter, Director of Compliance, jamesonporter@suu.edu

Southern Utah University follows the NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete Participation:

  1. A transgender male (female to male) student-athlete who has received a medical exception for, and is being treated with, testosterone for purposes of NCAA competition may compete on a men’s team, but is no longer eligible to compete on a women’s team without changing that team status to a mixed team.
  2. A transgender female (male to female) student-athlete being treated with testosterone suppression medication, or who has undergone surgical intervention to suppress testosterone production, for gender transition, may continue to compete on a men’s team but may not compete on a women’s team without changing it to a mixed-team status until completing one calendar year of documented testosterone-suppression treatment or one-year post-surgical intervention.

A student who identifies as gender fluid, genderqueer, non-binary, agender or another gender outside the gender binary and decides to take hormones or to engage in hormone suppression must follow the NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete Participation.

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 sex.

  • A female-to-male transgender student-athlete may participate on a men’s or women’s team.
  • A male-to-female transgender student-athlete may not compete on a women’s team.

A student who identifies as gender fluid, genderqueer, non-binary, agender, or another gender outside the gender binary not taking hormones may participate in sex-separated sports activities in accordance with the individual’s assigned birth sex.

  • A student assigned female at birth who is not taking hormones related to gender transition may participate on a women’s team.
  • A student assigned male at birth who is not taking hormones related to gender transition may not compete no a women’s team.

NCAA Best Practice Recommendations include:

Transgender student-athletes should be able to use locker rooms in accordance with their identified gender. Every locker room and toilet area should have provisions for privacy accessible to all students. When requested by a transgender student-athlete, separate changing and toilet facilities should be provided.


Name and Gender Marker Changes

In Utah

TransEquality provides information on how to change your name in each state, including procedures for changing your name on your driver’s license and birth certificate.

For Students at SUU

Primary Contact: Sheila Johnson, Assistant Registrar, johnson_s@suu.edu

A student's name of record at Southern Utah University is the legal name under which the student was admitted to the college.

Description of terms and how they apply to a student record:

  • Preferred First Name: Students may add or update a preferred name by contacting Sheila Johnson. No documentation is required to change or add a preferred name to a student's record. The student's preferred first and last name may be listed on university ID cards and course rosters.
  • First Name: legal first name
  • Last Name: legal last name
  • Full Legal Name: listed on the academic transcript

Legal Name Change

Students, former students, graduates, or alumni who wish to change their name on their official academic record, should complete a “Change of Personal Information Request” and submit it to the Registrar's Office with a copy of a government photo identification or social security card.

At the discretion of the Registrar, minor name changes (e.g. corrected spelling) may be made without additional documentation.

Diploma Name Change

Students or graduates who wish to have their chosen or preferred name (other than their legal name) displayed on their diploma will have the opportunity to make any necessary changes when they apply for graduation. If you have questions or concerns, you may contact Sheila Johnson, the assistant registrar, at johnson_s@suu.edu.

Gender Marker Change

Students, former students, graduates, or alumni who wish to change their gender marker on file with the college should submit a "Change of Personal Information Request" to the Registrar's Office with a government photo identification or court documents.

For Faculty and Staff at SUU

Primary Contact: David McGuire, Director of Human Resources, mcguire@suu.edu

Preferred Name and Prefix Change

Any employee who goes by a chosen or preferred name (other than their legal name) can submit an online Request for Directory Update to Human Resources.

Legal Name Change

Employees who wish to change their official name of record at the College must come into the Human Resources office to fill out a Legal Name Change form to submit alongside an updated social security number and a copy of a state or federally issued photo ID, such as a passport, driver's license, or permanent resident card showing usage of the requested name.

At the discretion of Human Resources, minor name changes (e.g. corrected spelling) may be made without additional documentation.

Gender Marker Change

Requests for changes to gender preferences will be honored without requiring documentation. If someone is seeking to change official University records, a government photo identification or court documents are required. The University will evaluate any request of this nature when it is received to ensure that current legal requirements are met.