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Wellesley & Simmons Colleges Continue to Shatter the Glass Gender Binary by Admitting Trans Women! PDF Print Email

Wellesley & Simmons Colleges Continue to Shatter the Glass Gender Binary by Admitting Trans Women!

Contact: Jen Self, Publications and Communications Chair,

March 17, 2015

New York, NY: The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals celebrates Simmons College and Wellesley College’s decisions to be just the third and fourth of the 119 “single-sex” campuses in the U.S. to admit trans women. Just six months after Mills College and Mount Holyoke College opened their admissions policies to trans women and allowed for the continued enrollment of trans men, Wellesley & Simmons follow suit to “align themselves on the right side of history” according to Simmons College junior, Danny Boucher. Similar to Mills College, Wellesley’s new policy opens admissions to trans women. However, the policy does not open the door to the admission of trans men who have legally changed their gender markers to “M.” By contrast, Simmons College adopted a policy that more closely resembles Mount Holyoke’s, opening admissions to all people assigned female at birth regardless of current gender identity and all trans women.

Wellesley is the second of the Seven Sisters (Smith College, Bryn Mawr College, Wellesley College, Barnard College, Radcliffe College, and Vassar College) to change its admissions policies inside of a year. Will the other five respond in kind? Smith, in particular, has been under public scrutiny and student protest since 2013 when they rejected the application of Calliope Wong. Smith’s Dean of Admissions, Debra Shaver, has since indicated that the policy is under review, and Smith has temporarily ceased rejecting the applications of trans women.

According to Dr. Genny Beemyn, renowned researcher, and Director of University of Massachusetts Stonewall Center, nationwide 40 other single-sex colleges are being pushed to change their admissions policies as well. Colleges looking to improve their support for transgender students are encouraged to consult the Consortium’s Suggested Best Practices for Supporting Trans Students.

Please join the Consortium in congratulating Simmons College and Wellesley College for their leadership in operationalizing the reality that “gender identity is not reducible to the body” (Kellaway, 2014).  



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Consortium to University of Minnesota-Duluth and Erskine College ~ What a Shame! Violating Title IX?


Contact: Jen Self, Publications and Communications Chair,

March 8, 2015

New York, NY: The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals denounces two recent decisions affecting LGBTQ people in higher education. We are disappointed to learn of Erskine College Athletic Department’s recently adopted “homosexual morality” clause and the University of Minnesota - Duluth’s (UMD) Athletic Director Josh Berlo’s recent dismissal of Women’s Hockey Coach Shannon Miller. Both Erskine’s “Statement on Human Sexuality” and Miller’s firing shine a bright light on the entrenched systemic sexism and heterosexism within athletics.

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Creating Change 2015: Awarding our Leaders!


Contact: Jen Self, Publications and Communications Chair,

February 17, 2015

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals was honored to recognize three great leaders among us at the National LGBTQ Creating Change Conference in early February. This year three awards, the Promising New Professional, the Award for Intersectionality, and the Award for Research and Assessment were presented to three outstanding members of our field, Natasha Cox, Leslie Morrow, and Genny Beemyn, respectively. 

Natasha CoxPromising New Professional, is currently the Program Coordinator at the LGBTQA Resource Center at Penn State. She is completing her doctoral work with research gaining a better understanding of how Black trans men understand themselves.

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LGBTQ Organizations Issue Open Letter: From Ferguson to True Freedom


WASHINGTON, DC, December 9, 2014 —The National LGBTQ Task Force, in coalition with other national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, today issued the following open letter:

An Open Letter: From Ferguson to True Freedom

Words cannot begin to describe the depth of feeling we all share about the unfolding tragedies in Ferguson and New York City. Words cannot relieve the suffering of Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s loved ones nor can words alone salve the pain nor quell the anger of millions. It’s action we need and we need it now.

As LGBTQ national organizations, we proudly stand in solidarity with the civil rights organizations and local activists — including the actions of an amazing, fierce, brilliant cadre of youth leaders, many of whom are queer identified — in demanding fundamental systemic change that tackles the root causes of racial and economic injustices once and for all. From political accountability for the deaths of Michael and Eric to the immediate passage of federal legislation that completely bans racial profiling across this land to ensuring that local police departments are representative and fair arbiters of safety and protection for everyone and who — through their actions — are continually working to earn the trust, confidence and respect of the entire community.

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