Gender-Neutral Prefix “Mx.” Has Been Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

Not everyone is a Mr. or a Ms. With gender identity bringing to light that not everyone adheres to the binary, the Oxford English Dictionary announced it will add “Mx.” to its dictionary. This is a huge step to bringing acceptance to an already popular demand by many in the genderqueer community, and the world today.

Read all about the decision to include the gender neutral prefix, as well as the here: Gender Neutral Prefix Mx Added to Oxford English Dictionary

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May 2015 Meeting

The LGBT* Task Force came together for the final time this semester on Thursday, May 15, 2015. Here is some of what was discussed

  • LGBT* events were well attended
  • Res Life announced Chancellor Telfer has approved gender neutral housing for several facilities for Fall 2016, including Tutt, Wellers, Fischer, Arey, and Knilans, in addition to Starin
  • Committee discussed planning for upcoming events for the 2015-2016 year – any suggestions or recommendations for events and speakers, please send to Cindy Konrad at konradc@uww.edu

Interested in finding out more about what was discussed? Read the Full Minutes to find out more!

Have a great summer and we hope to see you again for more successful events and fun times in the Fall!

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Rainbow Celebration of Excellence Award 2015 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Rainbow Celebration of Excellence Awards:

  • Outstanding LGBT* Student Leader – Rachel Nepper and Ban Ahmed
  • Outstanding Student Ally – Mercedes Durán and David Kroeze
  • Outstanding LGBT* or Ally Faculty or Staff Member – Brent Bilodeau, Student Affairs
  • Outstanding Department or Office – Office of the Registrar
  • Outstanding Student Group – Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity
  • Outstanding LGBT*, Gender, or Sexuality Event – Impact Drag Show, March 2015
  • Outstanding LGBT*, Gender, or Sexuality Studies Research – Caitlin Conroy
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    EEOC ruled in favor of gender inclusive restrooms

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    Last week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) delivered a landmark ruling that employees must have access to restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity. In other words: transgender people can’t be forced to use the wrong restroom AND they can’t be forced to use separate restrooms at work!

    Learn more about what this means and why it’s a watershed moment for trans people

    Despite the recent barrage of anti-trans bathroom bills, and other attempts by lawmakers to normalize discrimination against trans people, these type of victories are an indicator that we are continuing to move forward. And we’re well on our way to making all of these policy advances a reality for trans people across the country.

    The bottom line is that this ruling is helping to clarify what nondiscrimination means in real life, whether at work, at school, or seeking housing or health care.

    The next step in this process is working to pass legislation that provides explicit federal workplace protections, and we’re well on our way. We’re continuing to send a strong message to lawmakers that we won’t back down and that we’ll continue to fight back against discrimination.

    We congratulate Tamara Lusardi, the Army civilian worker who demonstrated tremendous courage in bringing this case, and the Transgender Law Center, which represented Ms. Lusardi.

    Sincerely,
    Harper Jean Tobin
    Director of Policy
    National Center for Transgender Equality
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    April 2015 Meeting

    The LGBT* Task Force held it’s monthly meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Here is what what discussed as well as highlights of upcoming events:

    • LGBT* Student Panel – Thursday, April 9, 2015 in the Warhawk Connection Center from noon-1:15pm
    • Rainbow Celebration of Excellence Award Ceremony – Monday, April 27, 2015 in the Fern Young Terrace from 4:30-6pm
    • Committee discussed planning for upcoming events for the 2015-2016 year – any suggestions or recommendations for events and speakers, please send to Cindy Konrad at konradc@uww.edu

    Interested in finding out more about what was discussed? Read the Full Minutes to find out more!

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