TransOhio launches new Financial Assistance Program for Community for Passports

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) received a donation for a grant program involving obtaining updated U.S. passports for members of the community in the state of Ohio and this grant has been provided to TransOhio. This program will allow individuals to apply for a new or updated passport with the U.S. Department of State concerning a name and or gender marker change on this documentation. An applicant can only receive one award of financial assistance in this program so it is recommended that you obtain both name change and gender marker change in one application if you need both and have limited resources. If you have already done one but need to update the other this would be a great way to do so. Checks are issued to applicants upon completing applications and submitting them TransOhio by emailing them to Go to the link on website for the Passport Financial Assistance Program

Please note however that a prior receipt of an award from our separate program of financial assistance  for  a name change petition to state courts does NOT preclude you form applying for assistance in Passport program as they are funded by separate grant programs. Therefore you can apply for financial assistance in the name and gender marker change program and get your name legally changed and updated ID and then apply and get assistance in this program to get new and or updated Passport as well. Checks are payable to Dpt. of State only and funds only apply for regular and not expedited applications for Passports. TransOhio is excited to have launched both programs and both are now fully funded so we stand ready to assist our beautiful community in your journey to receive legal recognition of your true identity.

ACLU launches Transgender Spotlight page and video series

The ACLU of Ohio has launched its new webpage highlighting information relevant to the community and videos from the community members throughout the state of Ohio. the link is below and will also be maintained as part of our website on a separate page entitled ACLU of Ohio Transgender Spotlight. Transohio would like to thank the ACLU for its work in this area and helping our community fight for rights.

Transgender Spotlight


LGBTQ People of Color Community Conversation Program

The Greater Columbus LGBTQ Health Coalition of which TransOhio is a member is putting on a community program entitled  Bridging the Gap:  LGBTQ People of Color Community Conversation for Wednesday, February 22nd at the Columbus Main Library starting at 6:00 PM. The program details and link is above and food will be provided. We hope you will be able attend this program!

2017 TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium Presenter and Speaker Announced

TransOhio is pleased to announce its third in series of key presenters and speakers  for the Ninth Annual Symposium to be held on the Campus of Ohio State University Union on April 28-30, 2017!

Masen Davis is a transgender advocate who has dedicated his life to the struggle for LGBT equality. He served as Executive Director of Transgender Law Center from 2007-2015, which grew to become one the largest transgender advocacy organization under his leadership. From sweeping changes to California nondiscrimination law to unprecedented healthcare access initiatives for transgender people across the United States, Masen’s leadership has had a tremendous impact on the rights and wellbeing of transgender people. His advocacy was critical to the elimination of discriminatory insurance exclusions in California, creating a pathway for transgender Americans to access transition-related care. Masen was also an integral part of the coalition that helped pass California’s School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) to ensure transgender students have access to facilities and activities that match their gender identity, and he led the campaign to defend the new law against an anti-LGBT referendum effort.

Mr. Davis currently serves a Senior Director of Special Projects at the Gill Foundation working on Non-discrimination provisions for the LGBTQ community. Masen has also served as Interim Co-Director for Global Action for Trans* Equality and consults with NGOs and foundations on a range of social justice issues. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the International Trans Fund’s interim Steering Committee; a Board Member for Freedom for All Americans; and an Advisory Board Member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s LGBTQ Policy Journal. Masen was a 2015-16 UCLA Regents’ Lecturer and has been published in books and journals, including Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Social Work Practice, New Directors in Student Services, and the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. Masen received his Masters of Social Welfare from UCLA, and Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.

Masen Davispic

Second 2017 Ninth Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium Presenter

Our second announced key presenter/ speaker for the 2017 Symposium to be held on the campus of Ohio State University (the Union)  from April 28-30th is Dr. Cecile A. Unger, MD, MPH

Dr. Unger is a specialist in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. She has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and 6 book chapters and has made numerous presentations at national meetings. Her clinical and research interests include surgical outcomes after repair of pelvic organ prolapse and treatment of urinary incontinence. She is also interested in complex pelvic floor reconstruction in women suffering from vaginal narrowing or shortening because of previous pelvic surgery or exposure to radiation therapy, and women who have concurrent colon and rectal disorders requiring a multi-disciplinary approach to their management.

Dr. Unger has an additional interest in caring for transgender patients. She has previously provided primary care and hormone therapy services to patients, and now sees patients for surgical consultations. She is part of a multi-disciplinary team at the Cleveland Clinic – Center for LGBT Care -that provides all aspects of transgender-specific services to patients. She is very committed to this transgender population and has been a long-standing advocate for the health and well-being of the transgender community.

Photo of Dr. Unger