A proud unapologetic Black trans woman speaking truth to power and discussing the world around her since 2006
Thursday, April 25, 2013
May 1 Teach-In At Smith College
you oppose discrimination and would like Smith College to admit trans
women as undergraduate students, please come to this event. Bet Power will be
speaking, and trans community members and allies are very much needed in
this effort to press Smith College for change.
Smith Q & A
(Queers & Alliez) is hosting a Teach-In next Wednesday, May 1 at
6:30-7:30 PM. EDT, outside the Smith Campus Center, in response to the
issue of trans women's exclusion from Smith. It is an opportunity for
coalition work between the larger queer community and Smith, as well as
an opportunity for us to do education work around transmisogyny. It is
not a protest, or a violent space -- but rather, a space to continue
educating our communities.
Come learn about how and why
excluding trans women from Smith is inexcusable, works against the
mission of Smith as a women's college, and is not a Title IX issue. Hear
students, faculty, and Northampton community members speak about
historic exclusion of trans women, and the odds that trans women face
trying to gain access to higher education.
The Smith College Campus Center is located at 100 Elm Street, Northampton, MA.
I'll repeat and expand on what I said in the Smith trans hypocrisy post. This issue isn't going away because trans people now transition as early as
ages 5 and 6. More are transitioning in their teens. Those 5 and 6 year old trans kids will grow up to become trans teens
who one day will be looking to earn a degree on someone's college campus.
Some of those
trans teens will be trans feminine students who could be prospective
students wishing to attend your campus. You already allow transmasculine students on your campus after they transition, so why the problem with having transfeminine students on campus?
Transfeminine students would not only benefit from matriculating at an all women's college with Smith's academic
reputation, but we would bring something to the table in terms of educating you on our issues and having your students get to know the trans women who get to attend the school.
Hope you can attend, because Bet is an amazing speaker and you don't want to miss it.