Thursday, February 12, 2015

The UH Trans 101 Panel

Had been back in Houston from Creating Change less than 24 hours, but crawled out of bed Monday morning to honor a commitment I'd made to head to the campus of my alma mater to appear in a Trans 101 panel.

The panel discussion was sponsored by the University of Houston Friends of Women's Studies, and took place in the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion as part of the Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series.

It was also videotaped for posterity as part of that Living Archive series, which features public interviews with Houston women on diverse topics.  The videotaped interviews are then placed in the Corey C.Stewart Women's Archive in the UH Library's special collections.

It's also one that some of the misguided peeps in last spring's successful Tittsworth Act fight should have have had a seat in so they could learn something about the trans community.

So yeah, it's a wonderful feeling anytime this Cougar gets a chance to step back on this continually expanding and still under construction campus she once walked back in the day.   It's even more awesome to know that the video of this panel I played a role in will be viewed by future UH students and all who peruse them in the Stuart Archives.

So I joined the fabulous Nikki Araguz Loyd, UH LGBT Resource Center Director Lorraine Schroeder, UH student Skye and moderator Dr. Guillermo De Los Reyes at 11:30 AM for a well attended and fascinating discussion in which we covered a wide range of topics from being trans on a college campus to how cispeeps can be better trans allies.

The 1 PM end of the panel came way too soon, and after hanging out to talk to some of the panel attendees, it was time to head off with Nikki and Meagan to a lunch that turned into a road trip.

But I'm really looking forward to the next time I get to step onto the UH campus for an event.

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