GSRC kicks-off trans visibility month
Spectrum Officer and sophomore elementary education major Ashley Edwards (pronouns she/her/hers) stands with Alpha Sigma Alpha RA Kenzie (she/her/hers), a sophomore, and Calvin Brown (he/him/his), a senior philosophy major at the Trans Month of Visibility Kickoff. Photo by Caleb Clarke | The Mirror
To mark the beginning of Trans Visibility Month, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center hosted a kick-off on Wednesday. The event consisted of refreshments and mingling among students and faculty, while also providing educational tools on what Trans Visibility Month is.
This year the Trans Student Educational Resources Network picked #TransResistance as the theme for Trans Visibility Month. The hashtag encourages others to speak out, educate, and take action regarding the well-being of all trans, non-binary, and genderqueer individuals. While visibility is important, the hashtag urges individuals to take action against transphobia.
UNC sophomore and psychology major Ashlei Vincent, who uses the pronouns they/them/their, explained why they believe Trans Visibility Month is important in educating others about issues within the community.
“Most things centered around getting the word out is so negative. Eight transwomen have been murdered since the start of 2017 already. Trans Visibility Month instead celebrates the lives of trans people,” Vincent said.
Throughout the event, buttons and t-shirts with gender neutral and gender inclusive pronouns were distributed to highlight the importance of understanding a person’s preferred pronouns. The t-shirts denoted the use of he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, and ze/hir/hirs as alternative pronouns.
Stephen Loveless, the director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, emphasized the visibility aspect within Trans Visibility Month.
“Trans and non-binary identities are often times made invisible. Trans Visibility Month gives others access and more understanding to a community they don’t know,” Loveless said.
Loveless also showed their enthusiasm for upcoming events and how the local community can become involved in Trans Visibility Month.
“This month has less to do with politics and more to do with personal respect for each other in a visible way. Our events allow the community to come and meet someone who is trans or genderqueer to become educated,” Loveless said.
Throughout the month, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will host a plethora of events including several affinity groups, a clothing swap, and safe zone training.
“Safe zone training teaches people how to use correct wording to support advocacy and education. It is so important to educate teachers especially at the middle school and high school levels because too many teens are committing suicide from a lack of education about their identities,” Vincent said.
The next event for this month will be a screening of the film A Womb of their Own at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in Scott-Willcoxon Hall.
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