Queer 101: Transphobia and Cis-Allyship Panel Summary

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Last Friday, ODEI and Unity House hosted a panel on Transphobia and Cis-Allyship in the wake of new legislation which threatens the legal and personal identity of trans people in America. The panel, hosted by co-leaders of Gender Group Micah Fisher ’21 (he/him) and Cat March (they/them), Teddy Hannah-Drullard ’20 (she/her or they/them), Professor Gilda Rodriguez (she/her), and ODEI’s Timothy Bussey (he/him) answered anonymously submitted questions having to do with resources for trans people and what cis people can do to be better allies.

Just in case you missed it, here are some of the questions answered by the panel.

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Queer 101: Transness, “Allyship,” and the Upcoming Panel

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Cw: transphobia, recent threats from the Department of Health and Human Services

Kenyon, I’m trans and I’m exhausted. I’m not the only one. If I were, I’d have quit by now. There’s a panel in Hayes 109 on Friday at 4 p.m., but there’s so much more to supporting trans students at Kenyon than going to one event. Come to the panel, listen, and ask yourselves how you can fully commit to supporting us. It’s important to show up for trans folx, but active allyship isn’t just about showing up. The keyword here is “active.” This kind of work involves effort. My co-conspirators and I are getting tired of doing activist work all on our own. The Friday panel on trans resources and allyship (in response to this bullshit) isn’t just a stand-alone affair. It’s an invitation. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: do you want to learn how to make this community safer and more inclusive for everyone? Then bring a notebook because it’s time for the learning to begin. Continue reading

The Monday Catchup: UPDATED

A hostage escapes, via abc.com

 

Good morning! Here’s what you missed while studying:

The lead story: The hostage crisis in Sydney is now over after police raided the cafe with stun grenades. It is unsure exactly how many hostages were taken, but the man responsible for the attack has been identified as Man Monis, a self-proclaimed Islamic sheikh who has been accused of involvement in dozens of sexual assault cases.

HAPPENING NOW: A number of hostages, possibly around 30, are being held in a cafe in Sydney, Australia. Five hostages have escaped. The man responsible for the attack has possible connections to the Islamic State. The area, in downtown Sydney, is in lockdown.

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Project for Open Voices: “Another Kind of Man”

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of the Project for Open Voices. Today’s essay was authored by Charles Martin Meins ’12. POV is currently seeking submissions, so check out this link if you’re interested.

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One day back in October 2011, I sat down in the counseling center, knowing and dreading the fact that I was about to burst into tears. I explained this to my counselor, detailing this as a fear response, before I confided that I wasn’t genderqueer as I’d thought – I was transgender.

I sat there, a boy-faced senior with his hands clasped around a Styrofoam cup of tea, shaking in my sweatshirt and carpenter jeans, but I said it all the same. “I’m trans. I’m transgender.” I said this to my tea, to the wall, and only then did I risk looking at my counselor.

“I’m sorry…” she said (or something along those lines). Something full of compassion and concern, but also confusion. “I don’t know what that means.”

“I mean, I’m a guy,” I said. “I mean, I’m biologically female, but I’m a dude. I’m a transgender. I’m F-to-M.”

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