Dear College Bound,
Good for you…on many fronts! It’s great that you have been able to come out and be who you really are. It’s also great that your family is supportive. And, it’s great, and really important, that you are thinking and planning in advance in order to make your college experience a good one. It sounds like you are asking a lot of the right questions as you begin your search.
One place to start is the Campus Pride Trans Policy Clearinghouse (www.campuspride.org), which allows you to search policies at colleges and universities in the United States. You can look for information on nondiscrimination policies, housing, changing name and gender on campus records, intramural athletics, admission applications, and more. You can also see how the schools you are interested in score on a checklist of questions that matter to trans people. And, they even have a list of the Top 10 Trans Friendly Schools. A place to find the Jewish information you want is from Nehirim (www.nehirim.org), a national organization that builds community for LGBTQ Jews, partners, and allies. They have a list of LGBTQ Jewish student organizations at colleges and universities around the country.
I’m glad you reached out and hope this will get you started. Be sure to write again if you have more questions. And, good luck finding the college that’s right for you.