Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Reaffirming Support for the Transgender Community

To the UCSF Community:

This week it was reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is leading an effort to revise federal guidelines and define gender as “…. immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth”, which would effectively exclude transgender, nonbinary and intersex people from the protections and rights afforded in our country. 

UCSF is firmly committed to the rights, and to freedom from harassment and discrimination, of all individuals.

UCSF welcomes all races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, genders, ethnicities and abilities. We stand alongside and unequivocally support the trans, nonbinary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming communities, and their allies. 

UCSF is a member of the University of California, and UC policies ensure protection from harassment and discrimination. Additionally, state laws, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, prohibit employment discrimination and harassment of transgender workers by providing protections based on gender identity and gender expression. The Gender Recognition Act (SB179), which becomes law on January 1, 2019, will ensure that trans and nonbinary people can easily secure birth certificates and state-issued identification with a correct gender identity. 

UCSF leadership recognizes that proposals such as the one being considered by HHS cause pain and suffering, and work to undercut the bonds of diversity and inclusion that unify our communities.  We are in solidarity with you and are committed to the safety and well-being of each and every one of our community members.

As a reminder, we encourage everyone to prioritize self-care and consider accessing one of the resources listed below if we can support you in any way. 

LGBT Resource Center
Klint Jaramillo, Director
Pronouns: he, him, his
[email protected]
(415) 502-2516
https://lgbt.ucsf.edu

Student Health & Counseling
(415) 476-1281
https://studenthealth.ucsf.edu

Faculty Staff Assistance Program
(415) 476-8279
www.ucsfhr.ucsf.edu/fsap

Sincerely, 

J. Renee Navarro, Pharm D, MD
Vice Chancellor
Chief Diversity Officer
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care
University of California, San Francisco