October 27, 2018

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education supports trans community

The recent memo leaked from the White House represents an unconscionable and insidious effort to legally erase trans people and trans identities. This plan seeks to discriminate against individuals by using “biological sex” as a strict definer of gender identity – a link that is scientifically unfounded.

We reject this anti-trans rhetoric and we stand in solidarity with our trans colleagues at UCSF and around the world. Anti-trans legislation and any related discriminatory policies run counter to UCSF’s core mission as an institute rooted in PRIDE values (professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, excellence). We pledge to continue to use our resources and collective voice to take a strong stand against this effort to erase trans identities.

We have a long history of working with LGBT colleagues, be they faculty, students, fellows, staff or beyond UCSF.  UCSF researchers also have conducted important research on how the tobacco companies target LGBT people, which helps explain their high smoking rates.

We are committed to working together with UCSF to provide full and public support for trans people and trans identities.

This is a difficult and trying time.  We call on all regardless of whether they support liberal or conservative approaches to solving the problems that America and  the world face to stand against promoting hate as a political strategy.


Beyond the fact that we respect and work with LGBT people, UCSF has resources to support trans and gender non-conforming folks.

The UCSF LGBT Resource Center (https://lgbt.ucsf.edu) is hosting a Healing Circle for trans, gender non-binary, and gender expansive UCSF employees on Wednesday, November 14th from 5-7 PM at the Parnassus library.  Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/258950101469252/

The Trans Lifeline is a 24/7 peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Hotline number: 877-565-8860. Link: https://www.translifeline.org/hotline

UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services (https://studenthealth.ucsf.edu/) provides support to UCSF students. If you have an urgent mental health concern, please callSHCS at (415) 476-1281 during normal work hours. If SHCS is closed, and you are experiencing an urgent mental health issue, you can speak with a mental health provider over the phone via our Mental Health Crisis Line. Dial (415) 476-1281 and press option 7. This line is answered Monday through Friday 5 pm to 8 am and 24 hours on weekends and holidays.

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