I thought I would share this statement from the Harvard Transgender Task Force. Please get involved, and I hope to see everyone at the rally!
Are you transgender at Harvard? Are you the partner or family member of a trans person?
The Transgender Task Force at Harvard has declared Wednesday, April 19 Transgender Awareness Day. That day we will be hosting a rally at 1 pm on the Science Center lawn to raise the visibility of trans people on campus and to call for policy changes necessary to improve the lives of trans and gender-variant people at Harvard.
At the rally we will be giving Harvard-affiliated trans people, their partners, and the family members of trans people the opportunity to make brief statements (from a few sentences up to 2 minutes). The statements will be read anonymously by someone from the Trans Task Force.
At our Trans 101 trainings, the number one question we receive is: "How many trans people are there at Harvard?" Even though most people know a trans person at Harvard, they are likely not aware that that person is trans. This project is designed to let people know that there are many trans people at Harvard and to highlight some of the difficulties they face.
We are hoping to collect as many statements as possible. Please help us by submitting a statement in the following format:
- I am a (staff member, alum, junior at the College, professor, etc. Optional: more identifying info such as major, department, etc.)
- I am (genderqueer, the daughter/mother/partner of a trans person, a transwoman, an FTM, etc. Optional: your race, class status, religion, or anything else that is important to your identity.
- I am not comfortable speaking out publicly because... (The more specific the better. If you have had a specific negative experience as a result of disclosing, please feel free to include it.)
- But I would like to say...(A comment on why a specific policy change is important to you, an experience you would like to share, or whatever you would like to convey. Again, please be specific.)
Please email your statement to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 12 (or post them as a comment on this post), and indicate whether or not we may also post your anonymous statement on our website, which is being developed. If you would prefer to deliver the statement yourself and/or not be anonymous, just let us know. (If you would like to write a longer piece for the website, let us know that as well.)
Thank you for your help, and see you at the rally!