Tuesday, May 16, 2006

"Transgenders" at Harvard

[Photo: InNewsWeekly]
At a recent "transgender" rally at Harvard.

Remember that Harvard's official seal proclaims VERITAS (TRUTH). Curiously, Harvard is ready to deny that humans are created either male or female. Why can't those really smart people get this self-evident truth?

There's even a list of all the 91 "gender non-specific bathrooms" on campus!

From the Harvard Crimson, April 12, 2006:
Harvard announced yesterday that it would amend its University-wide non-discrimination policy to protect “gender identity,” following growing pressure to safeguard the rights of transgender students and staff.

“Amending the non-discrimination policy to include gender identity is intended to reaffirm that all members of the Harvard community, including those who are transgendered, should be judged on their own merits, not their status,” said University spokesman Joe Wrinn. Harvard joins 52 other universities, including Brown and Cornell, in amending its policy.

The decision was announced this afternoon to members of the Transgender Task Force (TTF)­­——a group of students, staff, faculty, and alumni who has advocated for the inclusion of gender identity since 1997——in a meeting with Robert W. Iuliano ’83, University vice president and general counsel. ...

The University’s announcement only included gender identity, leaving out gender expression from the wording of the amended policy. ...

“Discrimination of housing, bathroom use, locker rooms, any gender space is a reality for many transgender students,” said Harvard Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance (BGLTSA) co-chair, Ryan A. Thoreson ’07, who is also a member of TTF. “The non-discrimination code goes about a way of addressing that kind of discrimination and violence on campus.”

But some TTF members say this change in the University’s non-discrimination policy doesn’t go far enough in creating a safe community for transgender students.