Thursday, January 28, 2010
Opposition to inclusion of gender identity surfaces at MTSU
In November, we noted that MTSU President Sidney McPhee announced the inclusion of gender identity in the school's non-discrimination policy, after several weeks of student discussion. MTSU's move brings the policy into line with the policy of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
While the public mood has been largely positive in reaction to the change, some opposition has surfaced recently. Kidd Navarro, a student at MTSU, sent me of a photograph of the handout opponents have left around campus the last couple of days (pictured upper left)
Students who support the inclusion of gender identity are planning action to distribute pro-transgender information on campus in support of the policy tomorrow and in the following days.
It is not clear at this point who is responsible for the handouts or why the opposition is surfacing now. TEP stands in solidarity with the MTSU Amnesty International and Lambda groups who continue to educate the campus on the importance of including gender identity in the MTSU policy.