by Elizabeth S. Q. Goodman, PhD student
Many student groups have pitched in with Stanford Students for Queer Liberation to bring the events of Transgender Awareness Week to campus. This is the third year doing it, and every year is different. Last year’s week was discussed here and here.
The week begins with a “trans* 101” panel, designed to introduce everyone and anyone to the experiences of the panelists, to give space for questions, and to give cis students (those who are not trans*) tools to use in supporting trans* folks. We call that “being a trans ally”, but as many people will tell you, ally is not a thing you can be, it’s a thing you can strive to do. The tools of allyship are a theme throughout the week and this post.
However, we believe that to focus only on the oppression that transgender people face will firstly not serve transgender students who want to attend without getting depressed or triggered, and secondly not point in the direction of the kind of respect that transgender people deserve. Continue reading