The Oberlin Review

Suicide Continues to Present Real Danger to Trans People

El Wilson, Opinions Editor

May 11, 2018

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Editor’s Note: This article discusses transphobia and suicide. According to a national survey conducted by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute, 40 percent of transgender people have attempted suicide compared to 4.6 percent of the general population. As someone who identifies as non-binary, these numbers make me sick. Forty percent is merely an average. The survey also asked respondents about their experiences with discrimination, rejection, and violence. Suicide attempt rates varied depending on how many of these a trans person experienced. For example, the rate was far higher for those who endured family rejection (57 percent), homelessness (69 percent), or sexual assault while atten...

Drag Ball Attendees Must Prioritize Trans, Queer Identities

Editorial Board

April 27, 2018

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Hundreds of students will flood Wilder Hall Saturday night dressed in gender non-conforming clothing and ready to have the time of their lives. Drag Ball is one of the highlights of the school year for many students. It is a time when both LGBTQ and non-queer students can come together, celebrate queer culture, and enjoy an abundance of glitter. When Drag Ball goes well, it gives LGBTQ students — especially transgender and gender-nonconforming students — a chance to celebrate their identities without fear of judgement. The evening should also serve as a way for non-queer students to respectfully explore gender nonconformity and express appreciation for their queer friends. The workshops individuals are required ...

Student-Athletes Should Not Skip Vital Gender Inclusivity Training

Katie Lucey, Production Editor

March 9, 2018

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Recently, there has been a lot of debate surrounding the athlete/non-athlete divide at Oberlin. I believe that one of the most preeminent ways students can bridge this so-called “divide” is by challenging themselves to enter new and possibly uncomfortable spaces. We should all be willing to put in the work to support other students’ interests and identities — whether this means going to a featured concert, attending a sports game, or taking a workshop on privilege and oppression. Bridging this so-called divide is contingent on how much each individual is willing to step outside of their own social circles and learn about others. This past week, the Athletics department required all student-athletes to attend ...

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Mark Key Step Forward

El Wilson, Opinions Editor

February 23, 2018

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The new gender-neutral bathrooms around campus are a triumph of student activism. Last semester, I was thrilled to receive an email from Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Rebecca Mosely asking if I would like to participate in a meeting about designating more bathrooms in academic buildings as gender neutral. For years, transgender students have protested the lack of accessible bathrooms around campus. There were many buildings on campus, including Stevenson Dining Hall and King Building, that didn’t have a single gender-neutral bathroom. Although Oberlin’s policy states that students can use whatever bathroom fits their gender identity best, this still makes many bathrooms inac...

Internet Activism Can Flourish Without Trauma

Andy Goelzer, Contributing Writer

May 6, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

About two weeks ago I published a blog entry on my website, GQzine, called “Dear Diary, Humiliation, Grief, and a Call to Action.” I wrote about an experience I had at a meeting about privilege and oppression in the Oberlin Dance department because I felt I had the right to publicly share my point of view of an event that made me feel unsafe. Here is an excerpt from the original post: “I brought up that as a trans person I have personally felt excluded from the dance department’s programs that work with the Oberlin community, Girls in Motion and Boys in Motion. The [chair] of the dance department, [Professor of Dance] Ann [Cooper Albright], told me that I was welcome to join either of the groups, and when...

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