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TRANS COLLEGIAN RESEARCH continues to grow, although
focus on trans residents in campus housing environments
warrants continued expansion. The reliance of university
housing programs on assignments using the gender binary,
even with attempts to be inclusive towards trans collegians,
poses challenges and difficulties for trans collegians, with
additional challenges for those transitioning. This article
presents the narratives of two trans men transitioning during
their first year of college in campus housing. The challenges
but also possibilities for housing professionals to better
support transitioning trans men and other trans collegians
emerge from their stories.

The reliance
of university
housing programs
on assignments
using the gender
binary, even with
attempts to be

The number of trans students is increasing on college campuses yet
most institutions fail to enact trans-inclusive policies and practices
(Rankin & Beemyn, 2012; Seelman, 2014). Given that Housing and
Residence Life (HRL) departments rely on the gender binary for assigning students housing, campus housing remains a space of significant challenge for trans collegians (Pryor, Ta, & Hart, 2016). In
this study, we explore the seemingly different yet connected experiences of two trans men on two affiliated campuses. Their narratives
provide insight into how campus housing can present problems
and possibilities for trans men and all trans residents.

Terminology
Higher education scholars use different terminology in their research on transgender students. We follow the recommendations
of Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER, n.d.) by selecting
trans. We use trans to encompass all who challenge normative
gender binaries. Where we cite other scholarship, we use the terms
researcher(s) employed. Conversely, we use the term cisgender to
indicate individuals whose gender identity aligns with their sex
assigned at birth. Transitioning refers to the physical, social, and
emotional processes that may or may not include medical interventions trans persons experience in their journey of self-identification
(Budge et al., 2013). Passing refers to "the ability to be socially (mis)

inclusive toward
trans collegians,
poses challenges
and difficulties for
trans collegians,
with additional
challenges
for those
transitioning.

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