Since Spelman changed their policies to allow trans people to matriculate on their campus, been wondering when would witness our first trans graduate from the first liberal arts college for African American women.
Turns out it's May 2018.
When the South Plainfield, NJ native first enrolled on the Spelman campus he identified as non binary and used they/them pronouns. While O'Neal loved Spelman, he didn't feel at the time he would be able to become themself, so O'Neal transferred to a predominately white institution (PWI).
While at the PWI, O'Neal transitioned, grew and developed on that campus, but missed Spelman.
"I came back to Spelman in my junior year because although I could flourish in my queerness, I felt like I was denying my Blackness. I was nothing more than a body to those folks," O'Neal said.
While it was a tough two years, he also had a message for his supporters.
And in a week full of bad news for our trans community, it's a win we sorely needed.