A bill was voted by the Senate of Connecticut in order to provide a gender identity protection to transgenders of the state.
One of the main questions about gender is: Is gender socially constructed? I believe a lot of the factors going into gender are socially constructed, but not all. When we discuss being genderqueer here, that is something outside of societal norms, and so is something inherent to the individual, not to how that individual has experienced gendering throughout his or her life.
I graduate on Sunday. It is strange to think that such a large part of my life is about to be over. I have spent 18 of the 22 years of my life in school. I just don’t even know how to think about it. I don’t even think it will seem real to me until I am just working. It will be so nice not to have to juggle work, school, and all of my other obligations, but learning, reading, writing—I don’t even know what I will do without them. The question now, though, becomes: how do I go about transitioning now that I am not being constrained by the guidelines of my college?
I am about to graduate from a women’s college in Virginia. I have always loved it here: the people, the community. Generally, I feel safe. I feel secure. I know I can walk around campus holding hands with my girlfriend and no one will care. But trans issues at a women’s college are complicated. Again, I know I am safe, but there are constraints to that safety.
According to transgenderlaw.org, almost 400 colleges and universities have protections for genderqueer students. Some states are more progressive than others. It’s always a good idea to look up the policy at any college or university you are considering.
When thinking about gender identity, we often discuss it as being separate from sexual orientation, but these two aspects of identity do intersect in some ways. What happens if I have always identified as a lesbian, but now my gender identity is male? It is definitely a complex question.