Gender Recognition and Lived Name (GRLN) Background and Policy

Background and Policy

The development of the Gender Recognition and Lived Name (GRLN) Initiative has been the result of the efforts across many levels. Learn about the background of the supporting policies and legislation implemented at:

At UC Davis

GRLN Implementation Committee

The UC Davis GRLN Implementation Committee was formed in 2020 and charged with overseeing campus-wide implementation of lived name and inclusive gender identities in IT and data systems for students, faculty, staff and campus affiliates. Comprised leaders and stakeholders from across campus, the committee is also working to create training workshops, toolkits for departments, and resources for campus community members. 

View the Implementation Committee Roster

View UC Davis Policy

UC System-Wide

Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy

The University of California adopted a systemwide gender identity and lived name options for UC-issued documents and information systems that went into effect in November 2020. The UC Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy essentially states that:

  • When gender identity is collected, the University must provide at least the minimum three equally recognized gender options on university-issued documents and IT Resource systems — woman, man, and nonbinary.
  • The University must provide an efficient process for current students, employees, UC alumni and affiliates to retroactively amend their gender designations and lived names on university-issued documents, including eligible academic documents, and in IT Resource systems.
  • Legal name, if different from lived name, must be kept confidential and not be published on documents or displayed in IT Resource systems that do not require a person’s legal name.

UC campuses must fully achieve implementation of this policy by December 31, 2023. 

Read the UC Press Release


California State-Wide

Related State Legislation

  • California Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • Effective July 2, 2017, gender identity, pronouns, and lived name are protected: "If an employee requests to be identified with a preferred gender, name, and/or pronoun, including gender-neutral pronouns, an employer or other covered entity who fails to abide by the employee's stated preference may be liable under the Act..."

    (Title 2. Administration; Division 4.1. Department of Fair Employment and Housing; Chapter 5. Fair Employment and Housing Council; Subchapter 2. Discrimination in Employment; Article 5. Sex Discrimination; § 11034. Terms, Conditions, and Privileges of Employment.)

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  • California SB 179 Gender Recognition Act
  • As of September 2018, this act allows people to change gender (sex marker) on their birth certificate to non-binary, and eliminated the requirement that a person have undergone any treatment to seek a court judgment to recognize a change of gender. As of January 2019, drivers' licenses now include the non-binary option.

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