LGBTQ+ Resources

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Cornell University works to provide a safe and inclusive work environment for the LGBTQ community.



For complete information about your benefits, see the Benefits area. Contact your HR representative or Benefit Services, (607) 255-3936, if you have questions about your benefits.

Marriage, Domestic Partnership, Parenting

Transgender Benefits

Endowed health plans now cover new benefits for transgender, transsexual, and gender noncomforming enrollees.  New coverage includes therapy and certain medical procedures related to gender identity confirmation procedures.  To learn more, refer to the Schedule of Benefits or Addendum in the Summary Plan Description of your health plan: CPHL,   HSA,  WCM-PPO.

Also see: Transgender Resources


Personal Information

Name Change Process at Cornell

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Fields in Workday

Click here for instructions. For questions related to LGBT issues, contact the Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at (link sends e-mail) or the LGBT Resource Center at (link sends e-mail).  Questions related about how to make updates in Workday can be directed to the help desk at (link sends e-mail).

The LGBT Resource Center and the Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity encourage employees to update your Workday profile with the optional Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity field. This information is confidential (visible only to certain college or unit human resources representatives), and is used to help HR better understand and create resources for our workforce. The employee has sole access to add or update this field. Please note that this field is separate from Legal Gender, which is also located in the Personal Information area; contact your HR representative to update the Legal Gender field.

General Information About Legal Name & Gender Marker Change Process

The LGBT Resource Center at Cornell provides resources on the legal name change process in Tompkins county, as well as the process for changing other identity documents with name and gender marker (driver's license, passport, birth certificate, etc). Resources for students changing their name or identity documents in other states are also available. See the Know-How Booklet and Forms  for information on changing your name and gender marker on important identity documents.







  • LGBT Colleague Network Group: CNGs are university-sponsored employee resource groups for diverse populations, including racial/ethnic minorities, differently abled, young professionals, LGBT, and veterans, and allies of those groups. The groups provide programs that enhance the university culture by fully engaging all our faculty and staff. Each group advocates for a specific demographic within the Cornell faculty and staff community—to aid in recruitment and retention efforts, as well as improve the climate for the community as a whole.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center coordinates the efforts of the entire Cornell community to ensure the inclusion of all lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) individuals and works to eliminate discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The LGBT Resource Center affirms LGBTQQIA+ identities and lives, and provides education, outreach, advocacy, and support. The LGBT Resource Center is also the home of over 20 undergraduate and graduate student organizations and serves as a community center and gathering space for LGBTQQIA+ students, staff, and faculty. Allies are always welcome!
  • LGBT Families Email List An interactive e-list which distributes information and resources among Cornell LGBT families. For instructions on joining or subscribing to an e-list, visit the Cornell Information Technologies website. See other Cornell email lists .


Local & Regional Resources

The Advocacy Center
Provides supportive services to youth and adults in Tompkins County New York who have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence. Services include: 24 hour hotline, emotional support, help with police or courts, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and emergency shelter.

Southern Tier AIDS Program
Services focus on the health and well-being of HIV+ persons and incorporate a harm reduction perspective and recognize that behavior change is a gradual process.

Out for Health
Provides healthcare information, education and outreach in an LGBT friendly setting. Out for Health is part of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes - LGBT Health and Wellness Project. Provides local trans* resources as well.

Gay Alliance
The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley is a Champion for LGBTQ Life and Culture. We envision a future where all members of the greater Rochester LGBTQ communities, at all stages of their lives, are free to be fully participating citizens, celebrating their lives in which they are safe, stable and fully respected.

Ithaca Transgender Group
A confidential, peer-led support group.

Tompkins County LGBT Youth Group
Contact Maureen Kelly at sends e-mail) or (607) 216-0021 x134.

Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Ithaca-Cortland   
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of GLBT persons, their families and friends by providing an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Interfaith Center on Sundays 4:00 p.m.
7 Calvert Street
Cortland, NY 13045

Ithaca LGBTQ History Walking Tour
Did you know that Ithaca:
• is the site of one of the 1st public declarations of the American bisexual movement
• played a crucial role in marriage equality
• was one of the 1st cities in the US to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation
• is where one of the 1st student-organized sit-ins for LGBTQ rights took place. ...and more!
Ithaca and Tompkins County hold unique and meaningful roles in local LGBTQ history and culture, as well as in the national LGBTQ rights movement and for communities across the globe.


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