Chaz Bono speaks for LGBT

By on October 23, 2012
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As part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month, Chaz Bono spoke on campus last week with students of a variety of ages, majors, sexual identity and sexual orientation.
“I’ve heard of the community before, but never met anyone,” said a junior student after hearing Bono speak. “I had no idea how much psychology played a hand. It was really rewarding to understand a little bit more about the community.”

Chaz Bono sharing his story of who he is today, a proud transgender supporting LGBT History Month. Carlene Robinson/Staff Writer

Bono spoke about his process of coming to terms with himself first as a lesbian, and then as transgender. All of his life was put into the public eye, causing issues with media backlash and misunderstandings. Bono also spoke about how much acceptance he has gotten over the years through activists groups, and even through media coverage of Dancing with the Stars.

“It was great to hear him speak, because it was the first time hearing someone with a story similar to my own,” said Lee, a GSSA member.

“I hope that events like this will make professors, school officials, and students aware of the problems that trans students face. One of the hardest things is that being trans means you have to explain what it is you need and what you are and, in some cases, defend your identity over and over again to professors, advisors, etc. A basic knowledge of trans identities would do a world of good for the trans community on campus,” said Lee.

“It’s important to find someone to guide you through the process here. It’s a difficult process to navigate on your own, but there are trans people on campus and they can help you,” Lee advises, “The GSSA on campus is always available to help with that stuff. Find someone you can trust. Find someone who has been there.”

GSSA President Artravious Henley, said, “Starting with GSSA, I hope we can create more events and recognition for the ‘T’ in LGBT. Also, by attempting to reach out for those who identify themselves as transgender by hopefully offering input around campus from current members who are themselves transgender.”

“Their voices should be just as loud as those fighting for gay rights, as we are all in the fight for equality together,” said Henley.

Taking a stand to become more educated and involved with LGBT issues is easy. Come to the HUC today, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 to sign the UAB Don’t Hate Campaign. Also this week, GSSA is presenting “There’s More to Our Story,” on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at the Hill University Center at 6:30. Students will be able to listen to guest speakers and participate in discussions about moments in LGBT history.

Laurie Christolear
Staff Writer
christolear@uab.edu

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