The LGBTQ Center, along with co-sponsor Theta Delta Sigma Society Inc., held an event in support of International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31, with the goal to “celebrate and raise awareness about the discrimination of transgender people,” according to HawkSync.
The event consisted of the screening of a documentary titled, “Cruel and Unusual: Transgender Women in Prison,” as well as a letter-writing portion in which attendees wrote letters to an incarcerated transgender individuals. The documentary focused on trans women placed in male prison facilities.
This is the first time the university held this event for Transgender Day of Visibility.
Kelsea Rowan, president of Theta Delta Sigma, said, “We were happy to see some familiar and unfamiliar faces come to support trans individuals, whose identities are not always respected. We were also grateful that we were able to provide one community service hour for those who came and wrote letters. We hope to hold similar events in the future and continue to observe Transgender Day of Visibility.”
More information about transgender individuals in prison and the pen-pal program can be found on blackandpink.org.