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Posted by Luca Maurer at 12:42PM

Tomorrow is the 12th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, that memorializes those lost to anti-transgender violence. Visit the Transgender Day of Remembrance site for more information.  Many people have offered their thoughts and statements on this annual observance.  Read one faith leader's thoughts on this solemn day.

Posted by Luca Maurer at 5:38PM

Two big steps in the world of sport happened recently - the publication of the On The Team: Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student Athletes, and news stories about Kye Allums, the first out transgender person to play NCAA Division I basketball, at George Washington University.  Allums joins a very short list of out transgender college athletes which also includes hammer thrower Keelin Godsey of Bates College.

On the Team, by Dr. Pat Griffin, Former Director of the It Takes A Team! Education Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Sport, Women’s Sports Foundation and Helen J. Carroll, Sports Project Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights, provides information and resources on this important topic, and precisely at a time when the issue is gaining more widespread media attention.  The report provides guidance to high school and collegiate athletic programs about ensuring transgender student athletes fair, respectful, and legal access to school sports teams.  Short stories and quotes of student athletes, coaches, and other professionals throughout the report highlight the important of sport in the lives of all students, as well as some of the unequal terrain transgender students must traverse as they seek full inclusion on the playing field.

Discussions about the unique challenges and opportunities facing sexual minority and gender minority student athletes were also a highlight of the Sport, Sexuality and Culture conference held on our campus in 2009.  Undergraduate and graduate students played an active role in the conference as presenters, session leaders, and guest hosts.  The conference featured the work of over 125 scholars from Brazil, Canada, England, Japan, Korea, and the United States; and included presentations and panel discussions on topics such as:

  • Legal issues: sex and sexual orientation discrimination
  • Sport, media, sexuality, and culture
  • Gender, race, sexuality, and culture
  • Research trends and issues
  • Replacing homophobia/transphobia with humanism in sport settings

For more information about LGBT people and themes in sports, contact the LGBT Center or the Association of Gay and Straight Student Athletes, an IC student organization. Additional resources and information are also available from the blog post Out of the Closet and Onto the Team: LGBT Student-Athletes.

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Hey NCUR attendees, or POTENTIAL attendees!

When thinking about your topic for your proposal, don’t be afraid to research deeply embedded social issues or controversial topics!

We are looking for all different aspects of diversity with the proposals.  All LGBT and Allied Students, and non-LGBTA students interested in orientation and identity themes, should consider submitting proposals!  LGBTA issues are often not addressed in national conferences, so why not make this the year it does!

“Speaking on behalf of the executive committee, it would be a wonderful achievement for NCUR 2011 to be (in all respects) more inclusive than past conferences” –David Prunty

There is no need to feel intimidated about the submission process, and it’s easier than you think!

It is important to remember that all abstracts are evaluated based on their academic merit, so that is the single, overriding factor in what gets selected. At the same time, faculty who are making the selections will be trying to ensure a broad base of representation from various disciplines.

No one’s voice should be left unheard!


-Heather Mueller

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