The UNT Pride Alliance unequivocally supports and remains in solidarity with our Trans students, faculty, staff, and community members. We uphold UNT’s Nondiscrimination Policy (Policy number: 16.004) that prohibits discrimination and harassment based on protected classes including gender identity and gender expression.
The events of the last week, on campus and in the state of Texas, have contributed to a toxic environment that tells Trans people that they should not exist and that supporting and affirming their existence is unethical, political, and even criminal.
Based on the experiences of our own community, as well as numerous studies on the mental health and wellness of Trans people, creating affirming and celebratory environments where Trans people can be their authentic selves, is the best way to help Trans people thrive. This is true for Trans people of ALL ages.
Structural and systemic transphobia continue to be the cause of mental and physical harm, and ultimately countless deaths, of members of the Trans community. It is imperative that we acknowledge and act against the transphobia that continues to operate on our campus and in our state, and that all areas of our campus community hold themselves accountable. Recognizing that transphobia exists is not enough and silence speaks loudest of all.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
-- Desmond Tutu
We share our thanks for the various UNT affiliated organizations, offices, and departments that have shown their support in the last week and encourage all areas of campus to demonstrate their support with action items that create equity for Trans people in their respective spheres of influence. The Pride Alliance is a resource that can be utilized by our campus community in this endeavor as we learn, grow, and strive ever closer to becoming a university that “empowers [ALL of] our students to thrive in a rapidly changing world."