The Manassas Campus commemorated Transgender Awareness Week (November 14 to 20) and Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) with a display in the Colgan Library. Among the items shown were books about transgender topics, the transgender flag, articles from a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, against HB2, and a moving tribute to the transgender individuals who were murdered in the U.S. in 2016 (an all-time high of 23).
NOVA recently added gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy, a move that many public and private schools within the U.S. have yet to adopt. Transgender rights are currently an important topic within the country. The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing a case later this year involving a transgender male who has not been allowed to use the men’s restroom in his high school for the past two years (Grimm vs. the Gloucester School District). And many cases are pending in lower courts throughout the U.S.
If you would like information on reviving the Manassas Campus GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Club, please contact Professor Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz at email@example.com. In addition to being a Spanish instructor and club advisor, Ortiz is on the board of two local advocacy groups, FCPS Pride (promoting equality for students, faculty and staff within the Fairfax County Public School district) and Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington (TGEA).