b'comprises many dimensions biology (chromosomes, anatomy, and hormones), brain (internal sense of self), and expression (modes of behavior, manner of dress). Sexual attraction and gender identity, while usually linked (as in men are typically attracted to women, women are usually attracted to men) are actually separate aspects of human sexuality. The term transsexual refers to someone who internally identifies as the opposite gender to that which s/he was assigned at birth by her/his anatomy. Sophisticated animal experiments and human autopsy studies have revealed findings in the brain that show that some brains are gendered one way, while the body is gendered the other. Many transsexuals, understandably, suffer from dysphoria from this incongruence. The most appropriate course of action for such people is to transitionthat is, to change their bodies to reflect their real gender identity. This can be accomplished in many ways, which might include hormonal treatments and/or surgery. Students who proceed with this transitional process often experience physical, social, emotional, and financial hardships. Being aware and educated about the range of identities will promote the open, tolerant, and academically supportive environment necessary for students to thrive. General Concerns115'