The Office of LGBT Life has had a long and productive winter. On November 20th, the Office hosted the second annual Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial service at Emory, an occasion that marks and mourns victims of transphobic violence over the last year. We were especially grateful for the opportunity to expand the event this year to include participation from the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Glenn United Methodist Church, and Reconciling Ministries. Speakers from these organizations pledged to help make their faith communities more accepting of their transgender and gender non-conforming congregants.
After the winter break, we officially announced the rebranding of our Safe Space program at our Safe Space Open House on January 21st. The Safe Space curriculum has undergone several changes over the last twenty years to include the latest information on new laws and policies along with updated information about trans* identities. In the last year, too, we have expanded the Safe Space program to Oxford College with the help of new facilitators. To reflect these changes, we released an updated Safe Space logo with a more modern design. We are offering stickers bearing the new logo to anyone who has been trained in 2010 or later.
With generous support from the J. Michael Aycock Leadership Development Fund, six of our students were able to travel to Denver to participate in the National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual Creating Change Conference in Denver from February 4th to February 8th. At the conference, our students were able to attend workshops and plenary sessions to help them grow as advocates and campus leaders. One of our alumni, Dohyun Ahn, presented a session and another, Jake Miles Joseph, served on the host committee for the conference.
We have also been planning an amazing spring full of events and networking opportunities. On February 23rd at 7 PM, we will host our Out in Healthcare Networking Night in the School of Medicine Lobby. We are encouraging students and alumni to attend the 23rd Annual Pride Awards at the Miller-Ward Alumni House on March 3rdat 6:30 PM. And on April 16th at 6 PM in room Dolive 500 of the Goziueta Business School, we will host an Out in Business Panel and LGBTQ Networking Night in conjunction with the Career Center and the Goizueta Business School. An Out in Law event is also in the works. Alumni can RSVP for any and all of these events by visiting lgbt.emory.edu and looking under “Quick Links.”
As always, alumni involvement continues to benefit our students. Contact Danielle Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being more involved with the Office of LGBT Life. Thank you!