Over the past few months, an unprecedented amount of anti-trans legislation has swept across the country. In fact, of the nearly 200 proposed bills this year, nearly 30 have specifically targeted the LGBTQIA+ community; in particular, trans, gender non-conforming and non-binary individuals in the community. Unfortunately, this negative line of thinking and anti-trans rhetoric has found its way on to our campus with materials appearing in restrooms targeting trans individuals. While these materials have since been removed, the underlying sentiments of hate and bigotry remain.
This abhorrent level of targeting and profiling does not align with our institution’s values and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. We whole-heartedly denounce these acts of vandalism and hatred and firmly stand with the trans community at SIUE following the International Transgender Day of Visibility.