Don’t hide, show your pride
The view from the top of the Science & Learning Center is breathtaking on spring evenings, making it the perfect location for a hang-out, celebration, or even a mixer. Last Thursday, April 25, Whittier College’s own Transgender, Other-Identified, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity (TOBGLAD) put together a mixer to initiate their proposed project: an LGBTQIA+ Center here in Whittier, an idea that came from Whittier Alumni, including Megan Hobza.
Trans Vigil Recap
Poets gathered in the Campus Courtyard on Thursday, Nov. 15 to pay respects to trans-identifying Americans who had been killed in hate crimes in 2018. 23 total victims were represented at the vigil. Members of the Transgender, Other-Identified, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity club (TOBGLAD) organized the event and even brought and hung up posters of the victims, including their names and pictures. The Vice President and Treasurer of TOBGLAD, who preferred to remain unnamed, spoke together in honor of the victims, sharing each of their names in a meaningful candlelit ceremony.
TOBGLAD takes on Trans Awarness Week
Individuals and organizations across the country will be observing Trans Awareness Week Nov. 12 – Nov. 19, 2018. According to glaad.com, “Transgender (Trans) Awareness Week is a time for transgender people and their allies to take action and bring attention to the community by educating the public and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that transgender people face.” It is a time for any and all non-cisgender folk to celebrate their identities, for those who can to show their support, and for those who do not know to learn about trans identities and trans-identifying people.
Queer we are
Now that school is in full swing, new events and activities have been popping up all over campus. On Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) teamed up with Trans, Other-Identifying, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian Allies for Diversity (TOBGLAD) to hold an LGBTQIA+ mixer. The event drew students from all different years, all different identities, and all different educational paths.