Dear Princeton University trans, non-binary and genderqueer student and staff community,
We value you and stand by you in this time of uncertainty and pain as the new anti-trans policies proposed by Washington have come to light. Any erasure of trans identities and rights is unacceptable and you will not be alone in fighting this proposed discrimination. Eric and I have been in conversation with some of you to think about what responses would be most useful from both the LGBT Center and the Princeton community at large, and I wanted to let you know some of what is coming to support you:
· Formation of a high-level working group to make a plan for what to do if any of the proposed policies go into effect. The group will consist of members from a wide variety offices who will move quickly and communicate clearly as we learn more.
· No changes to Princeton's trans-inclusive healthcare, non-discrimination policies and support: Please be assured that all the university's current policies and resources will remain the same. Please click here to read an FAQ of what supports this includes and here to learn more about how to access trans-affirming services and care.
· One-on-one support on campus: Eric (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I (email@example.com) are free to meet with you at any point you may need. Our colleagues in Counseling and Psychological Services also have urgent appointments each day if you are ever in crisis.
· Group support on campus: Fantastic grad students Ariana Myers and Kris Pardo are the facilitators of our Gender Group, which they are now expanding to meeting twice a week for at least the short term. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Gender Group's listserv so you can get more information about meeting times and locations.
· Education for cisgender allies: The LGBTQIA Peer Educator team offers trainings for student and staff groups, and will focus on providing our module on understanding and supporting trans/non-binary/genderqueer issues. Our 11/2 Ally Project Series for staff will focus on trans identities and issues.
· Spaces to honor, celebrate and mobilize on trans issues: There will be an in-community trans/non-binary off-campus lunch on 11/7; a Transgender Day of Remembrance Keynote Speech by Jennicet Gutiérrez, community organizer of Familia:TQLM on 11/14; and an 11/15 workshop on house to mobilize communities for trans and queer immigrant justice, led by Jennicet. More details on all these programs here.
Please don't hesitate to write or stop by the LGBT Center with any questions or concerns you may have, and there will be more communication coming after break both from the LGBT Center and from Vice President for Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun as the working group begins to meet.