In light of the California state law (AB 887) passed in October of 2011 and USD adding "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the university's Equal Opportunity Policy and Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, PRIDE and Associated Students are sponsoring a series of educational events during the month of April. These include:
An educational workshop sponsored by Rainbow Educators titled "Transgender ioi: Fostering Allyship," This workshop, scheduled for April 4, will familiarize participants with facts about and issues related to those who identify as transgender.
• A presentation by Dr. Lori Watson on April 11 on the history, role and meaning of "drag" in United States culture.
• A drag show sponsored by PRIDE, also on April ii. An entertaining and educational event, the drag show will explore the way gender is understood and performed on a daily basis. UniversityCenter, Forums B/C. Free.
• The Day of Silence on April 19, during which students will pledge to call attention to the silencing effect of antiLGBT bullying and harassment in schools. (Co-sponsored by Associated Students, Rainbow Educators and Torero Program Board.)
These workshops and events are designed to help students understand and be able to define key terms such as transgender, gender identity, and gender expression, as well as to foster students' understanding of and empathy for the complexities of gender non-conformity.
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