GU Pride elects new board member as a representative for the trans* community
On Tuesday evening, GU Pride announced the results of its elections. Among the new board members, Celeste Chisholm (COL ’15) was elected as GU Pride’s first trans* representative. This new position reflects GU Pride’s current focus on standing for all aspects of Georgetown’s LGBTQ community.
GU Pride president Thomas Lloyd (SFS ’15) explained why the group added a position specifically for a trans* representative. “The existence of this position, along with our Ally position, sends a clear message that GUPride is for everyone who falls under the LGBTQ and Ally umbrella,” Lloyd wrote in an email to Vox. “In turn, it signals to those who are struggling with their gender identity that they have a place and resources here at Georgetown.”
The trans* community at Georgetown is especially small and, in general, most of its members are unknown or not out. Lloyd noted that Georgetown has never graduated an out trans* student.
“The out trans* community on campus is very small and has, until recently, been very disorganized,” Lloyd wrote. “This step marks a new beginning to encourage more students to come out, to network, and to advocate for their community on campus.”
Additionally, the trans* representative position on GU Pride’s board will give trans* students more standing in GU Pride itself. “Having an out trans* person who can speak for their own community, rather than just someone who can just liaison with the board, brings the board closer to being able to address the needs of the trans* community,” Lloyd wrote.
This OUTober, GU Pride will co-sponsor several trans*-related events with the LGBTQ Resource Center and will plan events for Trans* Day of Remembrance in November. In the spring, GU Pride will have gender identity programs during Gender Liberation Week.
Lloyd said that work on a trans* support group is ongoing. “We hope to work with GUSA to establish more University resources to ensure that trans* students feel just as supported as any other member of the student body all the way until graduation,” he wrote.
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