Transgender Highlights

Name Changes

Students can easily change their name by contacting the Gender & LGBTQIA Center or Registrar to change their name on Univeristy records including e-mail accounts, transcripts, and their degree.  Additionally, any alumni who have experienced a gender transition anytime after their Elon graduation can have their degree re-printed with their correct name.


We have nearly 90 Universal Restrooms (formerly known as Gender-Neutral Restrooms) campus wide.  Our Universal Restrooms are often single-stall and lockable, and many also have baby changing tables to assist parents with small children who may be visiting for Homecoming, Commencement, and Move-In.  See our Universal Restroom Map at 


Our Department of Campus Recreation now asks gender pronouns on their forms for Intramurals and Club Sports. All students are able to play on the team that aligns with their gender identity.

Regarding NCAA and University Athletics, a transgender student athlete must undergo one year of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to be officially placed on the NCAA team that aligns with their gender identity, in accordance with NCAA national guidelines.


Dragstravaganza is an event created by Elon students to show allies how gender is exaggerated and how people can break out of the gender binary.  It includes student performers, drag competitions, and mocktails catered by SPARKS peer-health educators.  It typically occurs during Spectrum's Pride Week in April.


The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an international initiative held on November 20th each year, memorializing transgender and genderqueer people who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred, prejudice, and violence.

On this night, we annually host a candlelight vigil to honor those who have died.  

We also have included a 6-person educational panel on trans lives, featuring members of Greensboro's Triad Gender Association, along with trans alumni from Elon.

Additionally we light up the administrative buildings in blue light, pink light, and white light, the colors within the transgender flag.


Transgender Speakers

Below is a list of speakers that have visited Elon University to interact with students, faculty, and staff to help educate around trans identities and trans inclusion.



Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning, mixed heritage, Asian American, transgender writer, public health consultant, cultural competency trainer, and spoken word performer. He is author of the Lambda Literary-award winning book "Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency," which explores the ambiguities and complexities of mixed, trans and disability experience within a cultural competency framework.








J Mase III is a black/trans/queer poet based in NYC. A blogger for the Huffington Post he is author of “If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around” as well as "And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer's Reflections on Grief, Unemployment and Inapproporiate Jokes About Death." As an educator, J Mase has worked with thousands of community members in the US, the UK and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA youth and adults in spaces such as k-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities among others.







Geena Rocero is a transgender model and advocate. She is the founder of Gender Pride, a world-wide program that stands up for the rights of transgender people. Rocero visited Elon as part of the Intersect Diversity and Leadership Conference.







Eli Clare is an author, speaker and activist whose books include The Marrow's Telling and Exile and Pride. Clare offers lectures and workshops around the country regarding disability and identifying on the LGBTQIA spectrum! Clare came to Elon to talk about heterosexual privilege, disability, and queerness. "We are drawn together as LGBTQIA less on the basis of same identity, and more on the basis of what we face together."













Dr. Cael Keegan is the Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. He sits on the editorial board of Genders, an academic journal whose writing focuses on gender and sexuality related to culture, art, politics and economy. Dr. Keegan visited Elon January 2014 and talked about trans representation in the media and advancing campus climate and inclusion for trans people.