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Group forming to help transgender students

Group forming to help transgender students

April 12
00:24 2012

Chelsey Cox / Contributing Writer –

The fledgling organization Trans*formers is working to impact and improve the lives of transgender students at UNT, as well as confront issues they may face.

Branching off from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Denton, Trans*formers is looking to create not only support for its members, but to open up an opportunity for a greater understanding of the transgender lifestyle.

“When the sex people were labeled at birth does not accurately represent their gender identity, it can be tough,” said Trans*formers adviser Clark Pomerleau, a history professor. “Trans*formers can become another space where such people and their allies can support each other and find like-minded friends.”

In the process of becoming its own organization separate from GLAD, Trans*formers has gained about a dozen members and is waiting to see if it gains consistent membership before trying to become an official organization.

“We collaborated to create a community organization that is specifically for trans people and our allies,” medical laboratory science senior Tyler Sanders said.

Trans*formers hopes to organize fundraisers to sponsor members for help with medical or psychological therapy expenses that would be acquired in the transitioning process, such as a smaller scale drag show modeled after the one GLAD holds annually.

“We want to be open to everybody because we want everyone to be open to us,” said English literature senior Effy Freese, a starting officer with the organization. “But we also know that there is a lot more hesitancy out there than with the average queer community.”

Through Trans*formers, Freese hopes to educate the UNT community on an issue that many people aren’t familiar with.

“It’s cool and disturbing to see how common it is on this campus because there hasn’t been a community thus far, and there are so many things to address with it,” Freese said.

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