Transgender Day of Visibility 2023
Today is Transgender Day of Visibility, a day dedicated to celebrating the joy and resilience of transgender and nonbinary people everywhere. It's also a time for us to raise awareness about the discrimination, violence, and marginalization faced by trans people worldwide. In CLA, we recognize transgender people who are fighting for their basic human rights and we celebrate the allies in our own community who are working to ensure that transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming persons are seen.
Funded by a CLA Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Award, this collaboration spans the arts, humanities, and sciences to explore questions in the fields of queer and trans* ecologies about new embodiments and social relations in the Anthropocene. Graduate students and faculty from underrepresented communities developed this project to provide much-needed perspectives on some of the most pressing issues of our time related to nature, the environment, global climate change, and sustainability. The collaborative hosted a symposium March 23-25.
“Claiming trans recognition or rights is not enough as long as we don’t look at how transgender identity is made possible through racial and imperial logics,” says Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies associate professor Aren Aizura. His book examines the racial dynamics and economic issues related to gender and gender reassignment.
Our voices are a crucial piece of our identity. When your voice and identity don’t match, it’s difficult to express yourself with confidence. Marilyn Fairchild and Dr. Sheri Stronach work with transgender clients to cultivate a voice that enables them to fully express their identity.
The Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies promotes feminist scholarship, teaching, and programming that centers on the relationship between knowledge, power, and social justice. We push against established boundaries while providing a rich and rigorous education that asks students to view the world around them with a curious yet critical lens. The department offers an undergraduate major and minor in GWSS, an undergraduate minor in GLBT studies, a doctoral degree in feminist studies, and a graduate minor in feminist and critical sexuality studies.