You may have heard of Trans people utilizing Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT. Hormone Replacement Therapy involves taking hormones and supplementary medications to affect hormone levels in a human body, impacting what are commonly referred to as secondary sex characteristics such as hair growth, amount of chest tissue, muscle mass, and sexual arousal. Not all Trans people want to utilize HRT, and for some Trans people HRT is a great fit. HRT may address some areas of dysphoria, but leave others unadressed. Working with a counselor and medical doctor is the surest way to help you make the decision that's right for you. Below, we've shared some resources that are imperfect, but could be helpful in deciding if HRT is right for you. 

Basic Information About HRT

Feminizing Hormone Therapy at Seattle Children’s

Masculinizing Hormone Therapy at Seattle Children’s

Starting Hormone Replacement Therapy

The main barrier for Trans people seeking HRT is funding the process. Starting HRT requires an initial appointment with a doctor who is willing to prescribe, blood labs to check hormone levels, and pavement for prescriptions. Some doctors also require a letter from a counselor in support of starting HRT. Pride Alliance staff are excited to help students make a plan to start HRT, and can help you with the following important steps:

  • Empowering you to decide if HRT is right for you
  • Calling your insurance to see if they cover HRT
  • Liaising with Counseling and Testing Services
  • Budgeting and planning for HRT expenses

Email us and set up an appointment today! 

Finding a Doctor or Clinic

Trans services offered at the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic is a great option offered by the Dallas Resource Center as part of their Transgender Services. While there is a waitlist to begin treatment, services are lower-cost. This clinic requires a letter from a counselor in support of HRT to seek treatment.

Planned Parenthood Denton offers HRT on an informed-consent basis, which means they do not require a letter from a therapist to begin treatment. Prices for their services vary, but you can make an appointment with Pride Alliance staff, and we'll help you figure it out. 

Trans Affirming Surgeries

Not all Trans people want gender affirming surgeries. For Trans people that do have interest in having gender affirming surgery, there is no "right way" to pursue surgery. Learn more about gender affirming surgeries with Dr. Lindsey Doe. 

Gender Affirming Surgeries With Dr. Lindsey Doe

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Meadows Center do HRT? 

The Meadows Center does not currently employ any doctors who will start HRT plans with patients. Doctors may be willing to help a patient continue an HRT plan. Staff are also happy to help folks with injections of HRT if they are prescribed by another doctor. Visit the Meadows Center's Transgender Health page to learn more. 

Does the Counseling and Testing Center write HRT Letters? 

There are some counselors who have written letters in support of HRT after establishing a therapeutic relationship with a client and assessing whether HRT is both feasible and a fit for you. 

Do I have to do HRT?  

No! Many Trans people are happy without doing HRT, and many Trans people also want it. The only correct answer is to decide what is best for you. 

What if I try HRT and I don't like the affect it has on me?  

While you should discuss the medical impacts of starting and stopping HRT with your doctor, many Trans people have stopped taking HRT and live happy full lives. 

Have a question you don't see here? Email us with it! 

Head to UNT Study Abroad to learn more about programs. The Pride Alliance does not offer any study abroad opportunities, however; you may have concerns about studying abroad and your safety as a Queer and Trans person in another country. Below offer some national resources that will help you make a plan for your safety. These resources were not created by our office, and are imperfect, but may be of help. 

 

Spartacus Gay Travel Index

This tool has facts about Queer and Trans experiences in other countries and US states. It ranks countries and shows you how it came up with the score. A more current version may be available at Spartacus Travel.

Download the 2018 Travel Index.

 

IILGA Sexual Orientation Laws in the World - 2019

Every year, along with the State-Sponsored Homophobia report, the International LGBTI Association publishes also maps of sexual orientation laws in the world. A useful tool for LGB human rights defenders, these images expose the arbitrariness of persecutory laws, and starkly indicate the absence of positive law in most parts of the world.

See the most current version of the map here.

 

There's a lot to know about names at UNT and how they work, but we're here to help! 

Preferred Name at UNT

You can update your first name at UNT without a legal name change using UNT's "Preferred Name" feature. You can learn more about updating using the Preferred Name feature here. Once you've updated your preferred name at UNT you can also update your email address with the Pride Alliance by emailing us and making an appointment. After updating your preferred name you can also get a new student ID card for free. Preferred names don't display everywhere at UNT, so there will be times when your legal name still displays. We're working on a list of those times so you can be as prepared to navigate the situation as possible.

Legal Name

If you would like help updating your legal name, please utilize the walk-in hours at Student Legal Services, where folks will help you complete necessary paperwork and cover the process with you.

At UNT Transcripts and Records, legal name is often referred to as Primary Name. You can read more about that here

 

 

Congratulations! If you're asking yourself if you're Trans, you've started the scary and exciting process of learning more about your gender. No matter what you learn about yourself, the Pride Alliance is here to support you. Only you can know if you're Trans. We've posted some helpful videos and articles here so you can explore and learn more about yourself. None of these resources are perfect, but they might help you learn more about yourself. Learning about Trans identies and ourselves is a process. We would love to support you! To make an appointment email us at pridealliance@unt.edu.

Choosing a Term

You don't need to choose any term to describe yourself. Sometimes, for some people, choosing a name for their experience such as Trans, Transgender, Genderqueer, Nonbinary, or Agender is helpful in their discovery process. For a good list of terms you might choose, check out Trans Student Educational Resources' definitions here. The most important thing to know is that you can make as many decisions about your identity as you want. You're never locked in, and you can always learn more. 

Stories From Trans People

Hearing Trans stories can be a great way to learn more about your identity. Here are some experiences of Trans people and how they think about their experiences. 

The Pain & Empowerment of Choosing Your Own Gender: Alok Vaid-Menon

Move Over, Gender Binary!: Tyler Ford

What is a nonbinary gender? | Riley J. Dennis

DRAW MY LIFE: KAT BLAQUE (ANIMATED!!)

How Do You Know You're Trans? | Stef Sanjati

◤ 5 REASONS I LOVE BEING TRANSGENDER◥

 

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