Texas Tech's Office of LGBTQIA hosts "Trans Remembrance Week"

Texas Tech's Office of LGBTQIA hosts "Trans Remembrance Week"

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Nationwide, 25 transgender people have been murdered this year because of their identity. Texas Tech, the Office of LGBTQIA, and the Gender and Sexuality Association host "Trans Remembrance Week". 

Sophomore Cameron Crumbley said coming to college as a transgender was a fresh start.

"This is your chance to start over, I'm going to be Cameron." Crumbley said. "I'm going to be he, I'm just going to come out with it, I'm trans." 

Crumbley said he joined GSA to connect him with an accepting home on campus. 

"It was refreshing to see other people like me because there are a lot of people in GSA that are also trans, there are actually people here like me, I'm not an outsider anymore," Crumbley said. 

For Crumbley and LGBTQIA office administrator, Jody Randall, trans remembrance week is about honoring lives lost and breaking down stigmas.
    
"The transgender community is one of those identities within our community that is probably the most marginalized," Randall said.

Randall said there has been positive advancements through recent government office elections around the nation. 

"There were like 7 trans people around the country elected, everything from local board races to state legislature," Randall said.

Danica Roem of Virginia will be the first openly transgender person to be elected and seated in a state legislature. For Crumbley, he said it is a milestone for the entire community.

"If someone just got elected into the legislature, you know, I could do that one day." Crumbley said. "It gives me comfort that you know there are more opportunities presented to the transgender community then there was 15 years ago." 

However, Randall said in rural areas there is still a lack of acceptance.

"A lot of people characterize trans people as being other, or being different in ways that we probably are the same," Randall said.

While Randall said she wants to change hearts and minds but the goal is coexistence. 

"We are all citizens of this community here in Lubbock and West Texas and we should all be able to support each other to live the life that we identify with," Randall said. 

Randall and Crumbley said they hope this upcoming week on campus will further educating others about gender identity.

Events throughout the week include:

  • Informational Tabling by the Tech GSA: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday (Nov. 13), Wednesday (Nov. 15) and Friday (Nov. 17); Student Union Building (SUB) West Plaza, between the SUB and the library
  • “It’s Not Easy: A Day in the Life of the Transgender Community”: 3-7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 13); Ballroom, SUB; Hosted by GSA.
  • Queer Reels, Reals Topics Film Series: “Boy Meets Girl”: 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 14); Lubbock Room, SUB
  • “FTM: Scouting the Unknown”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 15); Red Raider Lounge, SUB; Presentation by featured guest Ryan Sallans.
  • “Development Training: Stepping Toward a Trans-Inclusive Campus”: 9 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 16); Conference Room 206, SUB; Presentation by featured guest Ryan Sallans.
  • “True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the 20th Century”: Noon Thursday (Nov. 16); Traditions Room, SUB; Lecture and book signing by Emily Skidmore.
  • Vigil and Celebration of Life Program: 8 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 16); Kent Hance Chapel
  • Tabling and Transgender Day of Remembrance Ribbon Distribution: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday (Nov. 20); SUB West Plaza, between the SUB and the library; Hosted by GSA.
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