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  • Gender & Sexuality Union

    Gender and Sexuality Union

    The Gender and Sexuality Union's (GSU) mission is to provide educational opportunities for our students, create safe spaces throughout the UAB community, foster dialogue about BGLTQIA+ (bi, pan, poly, gay, lesbian, same gender loving, transgender, trans umbrella, queer, gender non conforming, intersex, asexual, aromantic, etc) issues, and create agendas, innovations, and momentum to engage our UAB community in social change and justice.



    MedPride: Gay/Straight Alliance

    Medpride: Gay/Straight Alliance logo

    Gay/Straight Alliance is a medical student group at University of Alabama Heersink School of Medicine. We desire to create a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) persons in medicine, as well as their straight allies. Additionally, MedPride aims to further educate the UAB community about the realities of LGBTQ health needs through campus activities and panel discussions and equip future medical providers with skills to address physical and mental health concerns of LGBTQ individuals.

    For more information, contact Zain Aryanpou at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



    GRADient is an organization dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence and social and political awareness with respect to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) graduate and professional students as well as postdoctoral scholars

    GRADient logo You can follow GRADient on Facebook or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn how you can get involved or to get information on upcoming events.


  • Alliance for LGBT Equality at UAB

    Alliance for LGBT Equality at UAB logo

    The Alliance is an employee-resource group of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the UAB Health System (UABHS), the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF), and the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital. It exists to provide advocacy, support, and networking for faculty and staff members of UAB's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies (LGBTQA) community. Membership is open to all such employees and retirees.

    For more information or to get involved, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • BorderTRANS

    Border Trans Logo

    BorderTRANS is a safe place where Trans students can come with questions about their gender identity and other issues they may have. borderTrans is a space for individuals to share their experiences and create community in a welcoming, supportive environment.

    This group is open to all UAB undergraduate, graduate and professional students who identify as: Trans, Transgender, Genderqueer, Fluid, Non-Binary, FTM, MTF, Two Spirit, Intersex, Gender Questioning and Transexual.

    borderTrans meets the first Wednesday of every month during the spring and fall semester in the Student Health & Wellness Counseling Conference Room.

    For more information, contact the Assistant Director for SMDP Cortney Johnson (she/her/hers).

  • Update Preferred Name

    Sage the Dragon ID
    • Log into Blazernet using student ID and password.
    • To the right of your One Card picture, your legal name is printed. Up under your legal name, there is a green hypertext link that says “Preferred Name”. Click on this. You will be redirected to a page that will allow you take update your preferred first name.
    • On this page, there is a box for you to type in your preferred first name. Once you type in your preferred name, click “Update”. After 1 business day of processing, your name should be updated. Your preferred first name will appear on course rosters and final grades.
      • PLEASE NOTE: Your legal name will continue to appear for university business and legal affairs (e.g., academic records, transcripts, diplomas, financial aid and scholarship documents).
      • TO UPDATE YOUR LEGAL NAME you must provide One Stop Student Services with legal documentation (marriage certificate or court order, along with photo ID)
      • Any further questions about updating your preferred name should be directed to One Stop Student Services https://www.uab.edu/students/one-stop/ (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-934-4300)

    Update One Card with Preferred Name

    • After your name has been updated, you need to get a new one card with your updated name.
    • One Cards must be purchased in person at the One Stop Student Service’s office. Bring $15 along with a government issued photo ID to purchase a One Card with your updated preferred name.
  • Changing your email alias

    Rainbow Email

    While you cannot change your BlazerID, you can create an email-only alias that allows you to create an @uab.edu email address that reflects your preferred name.

    Important: these aliases are recognized only for @uab.edu email delivery and cannot be used to access any of the services which are linked into BlazerID authentication. Email-only aliases can only forward to your real, host-based mailbox.

    You can change your email-only alias here by following the instructions here.

  • Adding pronouns to BlazerNet


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can see my preferred name and pronouns?

    If you choose to enter your preferred name and pronouns in BlazeNet, that information will be visible to instructors and academic advisors on course rosters and final grades, and any other documents instructors use. Your legal name will remain on documents such as financial aid, academic records, transcripts, and diplomas. To request an official change for your first or last name, you must present legal documentation such as a court order and photo ID at One Stop Student Services.

    How can I list my preferred name and pronouns?

    1. Log into BlazeNet using your Blazer ID and password.
    2. To the right of our One Card picture, your legal name is printed. Under your legal name is green hyperlink text that says, “Preferred Name.” Click this to be redirected to a page where you can update your preferred first name.
    3. On this page, there is a box for you to type in your preferred name. Once you add this information, click “Update.”
    4. Below the box to change your preferred name is another box title “Preferred Pronoun Selection.” Click the box to select your pronouns, then click “Update.”

    Who might want to list their preferred pronouns?

    Students of all genders might have reason to list their preferred pronouns. For transgender and nonbinary students listing their preferred pronouns often has to do with avoiding being misgendered. Cisgender students are also encouraged to list their preferred pronouns through BlazeNet as it helps to normalize the sharing of pronouns and works to end transphobic practices such as misgendering.

    Is listing your preferred pronouns a common practice?

    While we encourage all students to list their preferred pronouns through BlazeNet, most students don’t. This means that you might be the only person in a class who lists their pronouns, and there has been a history of professors displaying or distributing rosters during classes. This is not to say that you shouldn’t mark your preferred pronouns, but it is important to know that this is a possibility.
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  • Name on Diploma

    Rainbow Motarboard and Diploma

    Graduating students who wish to print a name on their diploma different than their legal/documented name can do so by contacting the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Edits to the current graduation/diploma forms that will include a preferred name field will be available later in the 2021 academic year.