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Trans Awareness Week 2014 Large Poster

Transgender Awareness Week 2014

Proudly presented by Stanford Students for Queer Liberation. Organized in collaboration with ASSU Speakers BureauFirst Generation, Low-Income PartnershipOUTLAWLa Familia de StanfordSpoken Word CollectiveSafe and Open Spaces at StanfordCommunity Academic Support & AdvisingSigma Theta Psi, Delta ChapterMEChA de Stanford • Latinos Unidos • Trans Support GroupTransgender, Gendervariant, Intersex Justice Project • Black and Queer at Stanford

Visit the Facebook event for the week to stay updated! For accessibility requests and information, please contact Violet Trachtenberg at If you’d like to submit feedback about events during the week, or about the week as a whole, please send your thoughts to this form and/or drop by our community feedback event on May 12th (see below for details)!

Transgender Awareness Week is an annual series of lunch and evening events at Stanford about issues affecting trans people:

Monday, May 5

Trans 101: A Q&A with Trans Students (with SOSAS)

12–1 PM @ Women’s Community Center
This lunch event will feature a panel of trans and genderqueer students sharing their experiences as trans people at Stanford. This is a great event for people with little prior knowledge of transgender issues, and will be a safe place to ask questions.

Intersections of Trans and Class Identity (with FLIP and TGIJP)

6–7:30 PM @ Native American Cultural Center Lounge
Find out how social class identity has influenced our Bay Area panelists’ experiences of being trans! Dinner will be provided.

Tuesday, May 6

Advocating for Trans Youth in High Schools; Perspectives of Plaintiffs and Their Lawyers (with OUTLAW)

12:45–2 PM @ Law School 280A
Learn about legal issues that arise for trans youth in high schools. Plaintiffs from the US and Canada will share their experiences, as will local lawyers who represent youth facing these issues.

Trans Latin@ Narratives: A Panel Discussion with El/La Para Translatinas & The Brown Boi Project (with La Familia, MEChA, and Latinos Unidos)

6–7:30 PM @ El Centro Lounge
A dinner panel discussion with members from two organizations dedicated to trans members of our Bay Area community. The Brown Boi Project works to build leadership, economic self-sufficiency, and health among young masculine of center womyn, trans men, and queer/straight men of color. El/La is an organization for transgender Latinas that works to build collective vision and action in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wednesday, May 7

Beyond Trans 101: A Workshop on Better Trans Allyship (with CASA)

12–1 PM @ LGBT-CRC
This lunch workshop will start with a panel of trans students and allies will share their thoughts on allyship. If you’re wondering about how to better support trans people in your everyday life, this event is for you!

Trans Inclusivity in Greek Life (with Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority)

5:30–7 PM @ Women’s Community Center
Sigma Theta Psi will be leading a dinner workshop on how to talk about trans inclusivity in Greek life. They will also offer tips and suggestions for how sororities and fraternities at Stanford could begin the process to become trans inclusive chapters of their larger organizations.

Thursday, May 8

Creating Space for Trans People in the Media

12–1:15 PM @ LGBT-CRC
A workshop on media representation of trans people, starting with some known hazards and breaking into two groups for participants to discuss more. The goal is to share skills for making media more supportive of trans people, as writers and editors or as readers and responders.

Laverne Cox: “Ain’t I a Woman? My Journey to Womanhood” (with ASSU Speaker’s Bureau)

7:30–9 PM @ CEMEX Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
Please RSVP. (Note: seats given on a first come, first serve basis the night of the event.)
Doors open at 7:10 PM
Laverne Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. She can currently be seen portraying Sophia Burset, an incarcerated trans woman, in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black”.
For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.

Trans Awareness Week 2014 Laverne Cox Poster Final

Friday, May 9

Spoken Word Writing Workshop & Open Mic (with Spoken Word Collective)

7–9 PM @ Kimball Lounge
Featuring performances by Spoken Word alumni Cam Awkward-Rich and Kyle Lee-Crossett.
A workshop focused on writing & sharing queer narratives in spoken word form. All are welcome. Sign ups for open mic will begin at 8pm, and preference goes to those who attend the workshop. Virgin cocktails will be provided.

Monday, May 12

Community Feedback about Transgender Awareness Week

Are you interested in sharing your thoughts about this year’s Trans Awareness Week events? We’d love to hear about what you liked, what you learned, what you felt was left out, and how we can do better in upcoming years. Snacks will be provided. If you can’t attend, please share your thoughts (anonymously or not) with us here.

Transgender Awareness Week 2014 is co-sponsored by the Program in African & African-American StudiesProgram in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesProgram in American StudiesProgram in Comparative Studies in Race and EthnicityClayman Institute for Gender ResearchInstitute for Diversity in the ArtsEducation and Society Theme HouseResidential EducationQueer Events and Services TeamWomen’s Community CenterStanford NAACPQueer Straight AllianceStanford Students for Reproductive JusticeStanford American Indian OrganizationStanford Sexual Health Peer Resource CenterCardinal NightsStanford Athletes and Allies TogetherWomen’s CoalitionStanford Asian American Activism Committee

SSQL Statement on Graduate Student Council Funding Decision

The Graduate Student Council ( GSC ), Stanford University has voted to fund a Stanford Anscombe Society event on April 4th and 5th. From their website, Stanford Anscombe Society “defines the family as one man and one woman bound together by marriage” and “promotes the idea that sexual integrity is necessary for this family unit to be successful.”

Their event on April 4th and 5th will bring speakers such as Ryan Anderson, who has equated homosexuality to alcoholism and pedophilia and encourages conversion therapy and prayer to change an individual’s sexual desires. Another invited speaker will be Robert Oscar Lopez, who has directly compared gay parents to slave owners. He has equated same-sex adoption to “… cultural genocide practices once used against Blacks and [Native Americans].” Due to last week’s decision, these speakers will be partially funded by the Graduate Student Council, and all fee-paying graduate students.

The GSC has a funding policy which states: “The GSC will not fund events or activities that create an environment where a given segment of the graduate student population are made to feel unwelcome at the event due to religious, political, or other conviction.”

Stanford Students For Queer Liberation stands in solidarity with all graduate students who oppose the use of their money to fund these speakers, and all Stanford students whose identities are negated and attacked by this event.

Email Flyer for Crossing Lines, Serving Time

Crossing Lines, Serving Time

A two-part event series organized by the NAACP Criminal Justice Committee and Stanford Students for Queer Liberation. Funded by the ASSU Senate Winter Grant.

On Wednesday, February 5th, at 6 PM in Roble Theater: join us as low-income transgender women of color from the TGI Justice Project discuss their stories and their experiences with criminalization and incarceration.

On Wednesday, February 12th, at 6 PM in Roble Theater: come to participate in a crossing-the-line workshop focused on the intersections of identities and the prison system.

Dinner will be served at both events.

SSQL Website Migration!

Hey, all! This is the new location of SSQL’s website, due to issues of access and maintenance; SSQL’s site was previously at You can find all the older content from that site in the archives of this site, as posts from 2011 or before. We are also in the process of retroactively posting about our activities between 2011 and 2013.

If you previously had administrative/editing access to the older site, or if you’re a member of SSQL, and you want access to this site, please contact us! We’ll give you your account details.

Currently, in the state of California, transgender students’ rights are in contention. Six weeks after the Supreme Court of the United States decided in favor of gay marriage in two landmark cases, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law the School Success and Opportunity Act (SSOA). SSOA states that all students have the right to participate in gender-segregated activities and use gender-segregated facilities according to their gender identity.

Unfortunately, there has been considerable backlash to this law. The National Organization for Marriage, the Pacific Justice Institute, the Capitol Resource Institute, and Faith and Public Policy have bankrolled the conservative coalition Privacy for All Students to use California’s referendum to put the law on the ballot next year.

from, written by SSQL members Sasha Perigo ’17 and Violet Trachtenberg ’16.