Obama Stands for Trans* Rights

Amidst the huge debate surrounding equality and the use of public by trans* persons, youth often get the brunt of the attacks. Obama is working towards protections for this vulnerable population, while others feel gender equity is inconsistent with their personal beliefs.

“‘Kids who are sometimes in the minority, kids who have a different sexual orientation, who are transgender are subject to a lot of bullying potentially. They are vulnerable,” Mr. Obama told the website. “I think that it is part of our obligation as a society to make sure that everybody is treated fairly and that our kids are all loved and that they’re protected and that their dignity is affirmed.'”-Barack Obama

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-administration-to-instruct-schools-to-accommodate-transgender-students/2016/05/12/

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/05/16/obama-we-should-treat-transgender-students-with-dignity/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2016/05/05/435d7ee4-12ed-11e6-8967-7ac733c56f12_story.html?tid=a_inl

 

Brief Hiatus

Hello friends!

Sorry for not uploading new content recently; our center has been busy working on an exciting week of events for our Spring Symposium, which will be centered around Native and Indigenous Cultures.

Here is the slideshow for a presentation on Two Spirit Identities one of our staff members did for one of our discussion groups a few weeks ago:

https://docs.google.com/a/my.uri.edu/presentation/d/18ct_Kt7-Jr1GpNldwGPzJp5-hRr4R2PJjEMfe1_qfZ0/edit?usp=docslist_api

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If this topic interests you, please check out our Facebook page for upcoming event details!

https://www.facebook.com/URILGBTQCenter/?fref=ts

Schools Advance Non-Binary Gender Equality

Here are short stories about two UK schools that are giving teenagers the space and safety to express themselves authentically. This is great progress, and we look forward to seeing what’s next! Do you think US schools will adopt similarly inclusive policies?

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/01/29/school-gives-pupils-23-options-to-define-their-own-gender/

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/01/20/top-public-school-allows-trans-children-to-choose-gender-specific-uniform/