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Watching his roommate's transition helped
Taylor identify who he was and what he wanted
to do, but Taylor still faced challenges about
how he wanted to present and how he felt
about his gender identity:
And I changed my name around the time he
started, but I didn't like that name. . . . So then
I kind of went back to my old name, back and
forth. . . . I picked a neutral name, but I just
didn't like it because I didn't feel masculine
enough to use he/him pronouns. I didn't
want to change my name or pronouns until I
started [testosterone]. . . . I didn't realize that
it was possible for me until I saw him do it
and . . . go through with it because he was the
same as me.
Taylor's involvement in the STG helped provide
more trans role models. He moved off campus
his second year to live with his partner. He felt
overwhelmingly positive about his experiences
at his university.

FINDINGS
In this section, we examine the common
and divergent findings between Ishmael and
Taylor. Later in the discussion, we frame these
themes as expressions of larger systemic and
cultural structures. We then end by discussing
implications for practice.

Housing Application
Both men's experiences with drop-down menus
of gender/sex options impacted the trajectory of
their first year on campus. They faced limited
and unclear choices that inadequately reflected
their gender identity or allowed them to express
with whom they wanted to room. Taylor guessed
at the best option for him. Ishmael took steps to
clarify and educate the housing staff, but also
resorted to hoping for the best. They essentially
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had to guess the outcome of their choice to land
a queer roommate.

Transitioning While Living on Campus
The men started taking testosterone during
their first year, raising concerns about treatment from others. Ishmael's mother worried
that his pre-testosterone presentation would
subject him to violence. Taylor's roommate,
fortunately, became a role model for Taylor,
helping him claim his identity. Even with a role
model, Taylor questioned whether he sufficiently passed and if he wanted to take further
steps to transition. Although much media attention focuses on facilities issues for trans
people such as bathrooms, Ishmael and Taylor
never discussed facilities. Rather, their issues
related to transitioning were primarily about
the inter- and intrapersonal, how roommates
and guests treated them (Ishmael) and issues
of self-identification (Taylor).

Roommates
The experiences of these students with their
roommates differed significantly. Ishmael's
cisgender roommates' guests questioned his
place in his own room, a situation that he said
he "hated the most," but Taylor's roommate
provided a helpful example and resource for
his continuing transition decisions. Although
Taylor and Ishmael's experiences differed and
despite gender/sex options on the housing application, these assignments happened without
sufficiently close regard for the students' needs
and identities.

DISCUSSION
Both students shared overwhelmingly positive
campus experiences by the end of their individual interviews. Trans people do not all live

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