Welcome to Pride and Prejudice! Want to know about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (lgbtq) happenings at Brown? Look no further! I’m Iman Jenkins, your resident queer woman of color blogger here to give you all the details of queer life on campus.
The T in LGBTQ is often neglected. Trans people often face different challenges than others in the queer community, including issues with people disrespecting their PGPs (preferred gender pronouns) and higher rates of depression. Trans*Week was a weeklong series of events to increase awareness of trans* issues and celebrate the lives of trans* people. You may be wondering why I’m writing “trans*” and not “trans” or “transgender”. “Trans*” is a term that includes people of all parts on the gender spectrum. This includes trans men, trans women, genderqueer, genderfluid, genderless, gender nonconforming, two-spirit, non-binary, and identities other than cisgender.
The events featured during Trans*Week were Trans* 101, Pronoun and Genderbread cookies, and a screening of the movie Romeos. It was organized by students in TransPaGE and GenderAction. Trans* 101 was a workshop aimed at helping cisgender people become better allies to trans* people. On Monday and Wednesday, students handed out buttons with sayings such as “my pronouns are they/them/theirs” and “I support trans* students”. There were also free genderbread cookies in the shape of gender nonconforming gingerbread people. Trans*Week ended with Romeos, a movie about the romantic relationship between a trans man and a cisgender man.
Thursday, November 21 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day used to remember those people who were killed due to transphobia. TransPaGE and GenderAction are not holding a separate event, but they are gathering a group of students to go into Providence to attend a memorial.
The following is a link to a video made by Brown students about the importance of Trans*Week.
Questions? Comments? Email me at Iman_Jenkins@brown.edu to learn more about queer life at Brown.