i’m crying oh gosh
TUMBLR PROF ANNOUNCEMENT: If you are trans or nonbinary and you are in the same situation as the student above, email your professors before class starts. I understand that it might be uncomfortable, but generally professors are absolutely happy to accommodate you. I know I always will be!
If your professor does not respond positively, contact the Dean or the campus LGBT+ resource center with a copy of the email and show them that you are concerned about gender discrimination in the classroom.
Also this is a link to the template I used to write this email, and I’ve seen another similar template going around, and this was extremely helpful.
just a reminder that this is an option for you folks! i did it and all my teachers replied within a few hours saying that it was okay. you can do this! school does not have to be painful.
Absolutely love when professors are supportive. Thanks for sharing this with others who can use the guidance!
Transwomen will now be admitted, making them unique among the nation’s 114 single-sex colleges. As Mills’ president told KTVU, “We were the first women’s college west of the Rockies. We were the first women’s college to have a computer science program. This is just another in many firsts.”
Great move by Mills. Here’s another take on the story from SF Gate.
The nation’s health law opens the door for transgender people to gain coverage for gender reassignment surgeries they previously could not afford.
FREE CeCe documentary
This film confronts the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color. It is told through the voices of Laverne Cox and Cece McDonald.
Please check out our Indiegogo campaign and spread the word:
Anything you can contribute would be greatly appreciated to help us continue production and make this film possible.
Stay in the love,
"At first my family was confused. They’d always thought of me as a boy. As I got a little older, I hardly ever played with trucks or tools or superheroes. Only princesses and mermaid costumes.
My brothers told me this was girl stuff. I kept right on playing. My sister says I was always talking to her about my girl thoughts, and my girl dreams, and how one day I would be a beauuuutiful lady.
She would giggle and say, “You’re a funny kid.”
"…Then one amazing day, everything changed. Mom and Dad took me to meet a new doctor who asked me lots and lots of questions. Afterward, the doctor spoke to my parents and I heard the word “transgender” for the very first time.
That night at bedtime, my parents both hugged me and said, “We understand now. Be who you are. We love you no matter what.” This made me smile and smile and smile.”
"Even today, there are kids who tease me, or call me by a boy name, or ignore me altogether. This makes me feel crummy.
Then I remember that the kids who get to know me usually want to be my friend. They say I’m one of the nicest girls at school.”
"I don’t mind being different. Different is special! I think what matters most is what a person is like inside. And inside, I am happy. I am having fun. I am proud!
I am Jazz!”
That sounds like a really good idea
a movie about two asexual aromantic best friends who have a best friend marriage for tax benefits
that does not end with a scene of swelling music and passionate kiss where they realize they really do love each other after all
It ends with a fist bump or something. I’m on board.
but it should end with the big swell of music that makes people think they’re going for the kiss when really it’s for the fist bump ending
Dear Professor [name],
My name is [Preferred name], and I will be attending your course [blank] on [days] at [time] this [term]. I am transgender and have not yet legally changed my name. On your roster is my legal name, [Legal name]. I would greatly appreciate it if you refer to me as [Preferred name] and use [pronouns] when referring to me. Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to starting your course next week.
For the first time ever, a U.S. single-sex college has established a policy welcoming transgender students.
On Wednesday, Mills College, based in Oakland, California, becomes the first all-women’s college in the U.S. to openly welcome transgender and gender non-conforming students. No other single-sex college has such a policy, which has prompted controversy and protest on some campuses.
The new policy at Mills finds numerous ways to accommodate trans students while still maintaining an identity as a women’s college:
- Any student who self-identifies as a woman is welcome, regardless of what sex she was assigned at birth.
- Applicants “who do not fit into the gender binary” are welcome so long as they were assigned “female” at birth.
- Students who enroll but later identify as a man and begin to transition may stay and graduate.
- Students who were assigned “female” at birth but who already legally identify as a man are not eligible for the undergraduate program.
Brian O’Rourke, vice president of enrollment and admissions, told SFGate that about three to five of the college’s 1,000 undergraduates identify as transgender or gender non-conforming every year. Students say that the campus has already been welcoming, but that the new policy codifies it officially.
Smith College in Massachusetts has faced numerous campus protestssince 2013, when it refused admission to Calliope Wong, an applicant who identified as a transgender woman. The college told Wong that her financial aid forms still identified her as male, and thus she was ineligible to enroll. Despite ongoing rallies over a year later, Smith refuses to answer questions about its policy or consider any changes.
There are currently 119 single-sex universities across the U.S., 48 of which are women’s colleges.
Source: Zack Ford for ThinkProgress