Bldg 65, Room 217 (UU217)
Bldg. 65, Room 217
October 24th, 2018
Dear Cal Poly Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,
On Sunday, October 21st, information was released indicating a proposed change by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the definition of "sex" as determined by federal law, which could exclude transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and intersex people from the legal and constitutional protections, privileges, and rights afforded to those in our country. We are deeply disappointed, angry, and saddened by these extremist regulatory attempts by some of our nation’s elected officials. This systematic rollback of protections has the potential to pave the way for the exclusion of members of our community in accessing comprehensive healthcare and receiving equitable education, among other aspects of everyday life. This change undermines the preponderance of law, civil and human rights, science, and medical evidence which are all united on the definitions of gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression and gender discrimination.
We are in solidarity with our transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming and intersex students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members today, and every day. The Cross Cultural Centers are committed to working with local, state, and national leaders to promote equity through radical love and inclusion. The fight for equity and inclusion is ongoing, but whether that fight takes us to the courts, to the ballot box, or to the streets, we will continue striving for a country in which all of us can enjoy dignity and respect.
Although an official memo has not been released at this time, the potential for redefinition promotes violence against the identities and bodies of people of all genders. There are a few things to know and do to support our Cal Poly community:
Many in our community may need further support that extends beyond your outstretched hand and listening ear. At Cal Poly, students and those who support them are encouraged to access the resources at Counseling Services with our Campus Health & Wellbeing. Additionally, there are a few national resources available:
And of course, you may always drop by our Cross Cultural Centers during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm). In addition, we will be holding several spaces this week for students, faculty, and staff to process these recent events.
LGBTQ+ Community Affinity Space with the Lead Coordinator of LGBTQ+ Initiatives
Samuel Neil Byrd, MED NCC
Thursday, October 25
11AM- UU 219
This space is intended for LGBTQ+ members of the Cal Poly community to be in community and support our transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming, and intersex siblings as well as to discuss and organize responses to the proposal.
Enhancing Allyship for Social Change and Inclusion with the Lead Coordinator for the Center of Leadership
Heather Domonoske, M.A.
11AM- Center for Leadership UU 217
This space is intended for allies and prospective allies who are looking for ways to support members of our transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming, and intersex communities.
5PM- Pride Center UU 209
Umbrella is a closed space for students who do not identify as cisgender to talk about gender identity and expression.
Trans People of Color Dialogue
Friday, October 26
12PM - Building 38
TPOC is a closed space for trans identifying, non-cisgender, gender variant, and gender questioning people of color to build community.
We recognize we are only at the beginning of our Cal Poly school year and that stressors will only increase as the year progresses and as this particular proposal is finalized. Please continue to weave a net of connections around our transgender, non-binary, gender nonconforming and intersex communities with attention to fundamental care and deep concern.
We are here for you and we #WontBeErased,
The Cross Cultural Centers
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