Gender Expansion Project

Expanding the Spectrum of Gender

For Transgender College Students, A New Year Means Educating Professors — Again

Its that time of year again. School is back in session. For most, it means cracking open the textbooks, working hard and trying try to make a good grade. 

For many gender diverse individuals, it means having to come out to a wave of professors all over again and educating professors and peers about what it means to be gender diverse. 

For some this may be an empowering experience, while for others, it may be overwhelming and overpowering. 

The Gender Expansion Project is here to help. Whether your need help with getting your legal documents in order, help with getting the correct housing at your university or just need some advice on how to talk to your professors, we can help. 

Contact us at or by calling 406-848-1220. 

Commission charts path for open transgender military service

The U.S. military could bring an immediate end to the ban on transgender service members, according to a new report.

In the study, released this week, a nine-member commission determined that allowing open service by transgender people would be “neither excessively complex nor burdensome.” This new report comes five months after a similar study debunked the outdated medical rationale for the ban.

All-female college adopts new policy to admit transgender students

Mills College

Mills College, an all-female college in Oakland, California, becomes the first sex college in the nation to adopt trans inclusive enrollment policies. 

The policy allows for anyone who self-identifies as a woman to apply to the school, including transgender women, and those who “do not fit into the gender binary” but who were assigned the female sex at birth.

Transgender 101 for trans people

Transgender 101 for trans people
Transition is complicated and confusing, and crucial information for those early in transition and those wanting to be more informed about trans healthcare is not necessarily all there or in one place. 

Open Minded Health has created a great Transgender 101 for Trans People.

Check out this great resource.

N.J. School Reverses Position, Will Let Trans Teen Attend As Girl She Is

Rachel Pepe

Thanks to the efforts of Garden State Equality and activists just like YOU, Rachel Pepe can now attend school as herself. 

Activism works. Don’t stand down to inequalities. Together, as activists, we continue to make the world a more understanding space.

There’s no such thing as a ‘sex change’

As trans identity and trans individuals are ever increasingly visible in modern media, it is important to keep in mind that those of gender diversity are being accurately depicted in media. 

This short video does a great job of breaking down how to talk about, talk with, or report on trans people and trans issues

Council defeats NDO by 6-5 count

We are saddened by the city council’s rejection of the Billings Non-Discrimination Ordinance, which was rejected in a 6-5 vote. 

We want to thank everyone who worked tirelessly toward creating equality in Billings. We will not accept defeat. We will persevere until everyone in the city of Billings and the state of Montana can be treated equally, with fairness and respect, under the law. #BillingsNDO

Social Justice Fund | Funding the future of GEP

We truly want to thank Social Justice Fund for investing in the future of the Gender Expansion Project and the important work we do across the rural northwest. 

We as an organization continue to grow throughout the rural northwest to better serve those of gender diversity through the support of organizations like Social Justice Fund.

The Gender Expansion Project’s mission is to promote gender inclusive education and awareness surrounding transgender, transsexual, intersex and gender diverse people through evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public and private policy and respect in transgender health and wellbeing.

We, as an organization, envision the future of the project bringing together diverse professionals dedicated to developing best practices and supportive policies and programs throughout Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas which promote health, research, education, respect, dignity and equality for transgender, transsexual, intersex and gender diverse people of the rural northwest and beyond.

MORE PROGRESS: Illinois Bans Insurance Discrimination Based on Gender Identity!

Congratulations to Illinois for banning insurance discrimination based on gender identity. 

On July 29th, Illinois became the latest state to prohibit health insurers from discriminating against transgender people in health plans. Currently, eight other states and the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination.

Having inclusive health insurance is more than just getting your hormones and potentially surgery covered, its about having access to necessary services, like mammograms and pelvic exams, available to everyone, regardless of gender or legal sex. 

Support Equality, Support Equal Access, Support Equal Healthcare

This HIV-Killing Condom May Save Your Life

VivaGel, which is 99.9% effective at preventing transmission of HIV and many STIs, including HSV and HPV, is the future of prevention. In addition, in clinical trials, VivaGel has been seen as a long lasting treatment for BV.

Regardless of your gender, your state of body, or how you experience sex, there are potential risks for HIV and STI infections. 

We encourage everyone, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, to practice safer sex and to get tested regularly. 

Have you been tested recently? Stop by our office in Missoula, MT for a free anonymous rapid HIV test and know your status in 20 minutes.

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