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Transgender activist Jessica Lynn to speak at UCCS


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Recent events have sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ community, specifically affecting those who are transgender. In addition to the stress of preliminary injunctions barely upholding President Trump’s sudden July ban on transgender military service members, a leaked memo earlier this month suggested the Trump administration is considering narrowing federal definitions of gender, which would leave transgender people unprotected from discrimination — discrimination that they already face at much higher rates than the general population.

However, many outside the LGBTQ community don’t understand the magnitude of the battles transgender Americans have ahead of them, and many more have yet to fully grasp what it means to be transgender in the first place. Ignorance is the primary cause of hatred in this country, so advocates like Jessica Lynn who put their stories out into the world are more valuable than ever.

Lynn, a Kinsey Institute Global Ambassador and Stonewall School Role Model, has conducted more than 600 speaking events in 18 countries in order to educate people about transgender identities and issues, and the wider gender spectrum. A transgender woman herself, she treats the subject matter with refreshing candor and honesty, and has become known for her “ask me anything” Q&As.

Often, all someone needs to understand someone different from them is the opportunity to ask questions without judgement. Many of us in the LGBTQ community have had conversations with friends who don’t know about LGBTQ issues, but are too afraid to ask about them in case they sound ignorant. Lynn’s open format encourages those exact questions, which makes her a wonderful speaker for LGBTQ, allied and curious people alike.

Dr. Sophie Zadeh of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge, said of Lynn: “Jessica is a highly impressive advocate of transgender rights, who remains sensitive to those stories and choices that do not align with her own, while offering an important insight into her personal experiences.”

She will be speaking at UCCS on Nov. 12, giving locals an opportunity to learn about current issues and ask questions to inform themselves.

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