The Worcester State community was invited to attend a successful day-long symposium Rethinking Gender: Beyond the Binary on March 28 at various locations on campus. The event covered the issues facing transgender people and how we can make transgender students feel more comfortable at Worcester State.
The two keynote speakers, who took the stage together, are Mason Dunn and Kasey Suffredini, co-chairs of the historic Freedom for All Massachusetts /Yes on 3 ballot campaign in 2018. Yes on 3 was the first winning statewide popular vote on transgender rights in U.S. history, which won by a landslide two-thirds margin.
The sessions of this academic symposium were open to all and faculty were welcome to bring their classes.
The day’s programming was as follows:
8:30 a.m. “Everyone’s a Queerdo”: An Anthropological Approach to Gender and Sexuality, Tim Murphy (Urban Studies)
10 a.m. #Hike4Rights, A story about hiking across Massachusetts for trans rights and getting to the intersection of environmental rights, racism and oppression in the outdoors. Mason Dunn, Executive Director, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Student Center
10 a.m. Pronouns and Gender in Spanish and English, Vicki Gruzynski (Library), Elizabeth Osborne (World Languages) and MaryLynn Saul (English)
11:30 a.m. Coming Out as Transgender: A Discussion of Three Short Films, Charlotte Haller (History/Women’s Studies) and Elizabeth Siler (Business Administration)
1 p.m. Beyond Legal Rights to Lived Equality Keynote speakers, Mason Dunn and Kasey Kasey Suffredini, co-chairs of the 2018 Freedom for All Massachusetts /Yes on 3 ballot campaign
2:30 p.m. Their Story. Their Words. Navigating transgender identities and student life at WSU, student panel
For additional information, contact the Director of Women’s Studies, Charlotte Haller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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