Gender Affirming Clothing Closet
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Unfortunately the Gender & Sexuality Center where Gender Affirming Closet is hosted is physically closed. We are currently all working remotely and will be into the Spring 2021 semester. At this moment we do not have a process in place to safely receive new donations and are unsure of when will be able to recommence that process. Our hope is that we can potentially start taking in new clothing in the Fall of 2021, if we are permitted to based on CDC and public health guidance. If you are able to wait that long that's great and if you are still looking to donate the products that you have at an earlier date then we can suggest Transthrive and St. Anthony's as really great organizations to donate clothing to.
The Gender Affirming Clothing Closet is an on-campus resource with the intention of providing Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Non-conforming students access to clothing and accessories within a safe space.
The Gender Affirming Clothing Closet is a part of the Transgender & Non-Binary Student Services in development out of the Gender and Sexuality Center this academic year. The Cultural Centers are making a commitment to continue to grow as a department to better support transgender and non-binary students at USF through new programs and services.
Utilizing the Closet
The clothing closet is located in the Gender & Sexuality Center lounge space (University Center Room 413). The closet is accessible by appointment during the hours of 10am-5pm weekdays. Drop-ins are not currently possible based on programming and space limitations. Formal Appointments to access the Gender Affirming Clothing Closet will be accepted starting in Spring Semester 2020.
- Schedule an Appointment
- Note: Unfortunately due to issues related to COVID-19 we are not currently accepting new appointments to access the Gender-Affirming Clothing Closet. We apologize for this inconvenience and will provide updates to the campus community on when scheduling appointments recommences.
The Gender Affirming Clothing Closet is a resource where Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Non-conforming folks can find free clothing. Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Non-conforming students can take as much or as little as they want at once.
This closet exists because Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender Nonconforming people can have a hard time finding places where they can shop comfortably due to discrimination, can find it financially difficult to replace large amounts of clothes to help them express their gender, and can find it financially difficult to purchase clothing due to job discrimination.
No one has to prove they are "trans enough" to use the closet. We ask people to refrain from taking items for hobbies such as drag or cosplay.
Donating to the Closet
The closet will rely on donations of clothing from the University of San Francisco campus community members as the primary way to sustain itself.
We hosted two clothing drives in the Fall of 2019 to create the foundational supply of clothing for the closet and will sustain the closet through annual campus clothing drives. The Residence Hall Association and Off Campus housing also contributed to the success of the Gender Affirming Clothing Closet by collecting and donating clothing from the campus community.