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Marquette Hosts Transgender Speaker as Community Pushes for a Trans-Inclusive Campus

Marquette University is hosting Mara Keisling, a self-identified transgender “woman” as a speaker on April 10. Keisling serves as executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.


Keisling is delivering a talk titled “Trending Now #transequality: Transgender Equality and Justice with Mara Keisling.” Earlier in the day, Keisling is presenting a workshop for faculty and staff between 9 – 1:30 in the Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballroom on creating trans-inclusive classrooms and student culture environments.

Keisling pushed for modification of the State Department’s rules on changing gender markers on passports and passage of transgender-inclusive federal legislation.

Keisling’s workshop is part of a larger movement to create a “gender-neutral” campus at Marquette.

Gender Sexuality Alliance held a forum on campus March 21 to discuss the issues that members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Allies face in relation to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Susannah Bartlow, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, told the forum that she is working with the Office of the Registrar to add a preferred gender and preferred pronoun option for students identifying with a gender other than their birth sex, on Marquette University’s web-based student IT services, CheckMarq.

Junior Anna Olson argued that Marquette needs to include a “trans-individual” clause in their syllabus to make transgender students more comfortable. She also advocated for a transgender nondiscrimination clause and promotion of additional transgender programming on campus.

Bartlow stressed that the LGBTQA community must identify with the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care for the whole person) to advance programs for individuals at Marquette.

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