Trans Advocate Lauds Harvard

The Harvard Crimson – Abe J. Riesman – Crimson Staff Writer

Harvard?s ?gender identity? policy leads other schools to follow suit

The establishment of protections for transgender people in Harvard?s nondiscrimination policy has had effects on campuses ?across the country,? including Princeton University, according to one of the nation?s leading lobbyists for transgender rights.

Mara Keisling, the founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, praised the efforts of Harvard?s Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance (BGLTSA) in a lecture last night at Harvard Hall.

?I was working on the Princeton policy, and the H-word was bandied about quite a bit,? she said. Last week, Princeton?s administration added provisions for ?gender identity and expression? into its nondiscrimination policy.

Harvard announced a similar decision on April 11.

The speech was this year?s Papadopoulos Lecture, coordinated by BGLTSA in memory of Nicholas Papadopoulos, a graduate of Harvard?s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) who died of complications due to AIDS in 1994.