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UMSL will host second Transgender Spectrum Conference

UMSL’s continuous efforts at inclusivity, safety and respect for all community members garnered UMSL and the Transgender Spectrum Conference the Show Me Award sponsored by SAGE and PROMO. Images courtesy of UMSL Daily. 

 

Sally Barr Ebest, professor of English and director of the Gender Studies program at UMSL, helped start the award-winning Transgender Spectrum Conference. Photo by August Jennewein.


Sally Barr Ebest became interested in the civil rights of transgender persons after reading “She’s Not There” a memoir by Jennifer Finney Boylan, an Irish-American transgender woman.

As a University of Missouri–St. Louis English professor and Gender Studies program director, Ebest was captivated by Boylan’s courage and felt compelled to address the political, social and religious prejudice members of the LGBT community face on a regular basis, particularly individuals who exist on a fluid gender spectrum.

“Within the whole LGBT movement, people who identify as transgender are not making as much political progress as gays and lesbians,” Ebest said. “And so I felt it was important to get the word out about struggles the transgender community contends with. Not enough of their voices are being heard and respected.”

In collaboration with the UMSL College of Education and LGBT organizations such as PRIZMPROMOSAGETransParent and Metro Trans Umbrella Group, Ebest and the UMSL Gender Studies program helped create the Transgender Spectrum Conference. Overall, more than 20 UMSL and community partners provided support for the conference.

After a successful inaugural run last year, the conference will return this Nov. 6 and 7 to offer students, educators, administrators and citizens presentations and workshops led by activists for transgender equality. UMSL’s continuous efforts at inclusivity, safety and respect for all community members garnered UMSL and the Transgender Spectrum Conference the Show Me Award sponsored by SAGE and PROMO.

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