SAN DIEGO -- Getting accustomed to a new school as a transfer student may be a difficult experience. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies junior Rob Ortiz, the necessary first week of school changes and challenges were added to by another set of stressors: dealing with a university staff that was not prepared to answer the pleas of someone who identifies as a transgender male.
As soon as he read his acceptance letter to San Diego State, Ortiz said he called the Office of the Registrar and asked about the policy of changing a name in unofficial documents. Ortiz has not changed his name or gender legally because of financial constraints, he said. Ortiz prefers his birth name not be revealed in this article.
Ortiz said he hoped to change his name and gender documentation because of the “nerve-racking (experience for a) transgender student to attend class, especially the first day of class, when it means they will be publicly ‘outed’ to the entire classroom as soon as roll is called.”
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