Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
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Gender Race and Sexuality Undergraduate Conference
In Spring 2019, eight of our Women's Studies majors organized the CSU's first-ever Gender Race and Sexuality Undergraduate conference. With over 60 undergraduate panelists and over 200 attendees, the conference was a success. Our organizers would like to thank everyone for their support!
Our program aims to organize the conference on a biannual basis.
Transgender Housing Report
One in five transgender individuals will face homelessness in their lifetime. One in five transgender people have been discriminated against when seeking a home, and more than one in ten have been evicted from their homes, because of their gender identity. Transgender and gender-nonconforming persons make up a significant portion of the homelessness or houselessness population in Fresno. Yet, far too often, transgender voices and experiences are left out of public discourse and policy making.
Students in the WS 175s Feminist Activism class worked with Trans-E-Motion, a local transgender support, and advocacy organization, to document transgender experiences with homelessness and houselessness. Our Women's Studies students interviewed community members, support workers, and advocates. Three town halls were held with the public to identify main barriers and contributors to transgender homelessness. Students investigated housing policies and alternative housing models.
The findings from this work are now available in The Transgender Housing Report. The Transgender Housing Report is the first report of its kind in Fresno dedicated to transgender experiences around housing and homelessness. This report is an advocacy tool for Trans-E-Motion and homelessness service providers as a way to inform future policy initiatives and public discussions.
The College of Social Science also featured us in their blog!