Next Thursday, I make my semiannual trip to Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven to do outreach at two Human Sexuality classes. The classes have about 30 students each and typically female students outnumber males about 5 to 1.
What is outreach?
It may mean different things to different people, but in my case, the outreach scenario is as follows:
There is a panel that may include male-to-female, female-to-male, post-op, pre-op, and no-op transgenders. I have been in panels where there were as few as two transgenders and as many as eight transgenders.
We each speak for about five minutes and tell our life stories in a nutshell. Then the students ask us questions.
The goal is educate the Human Sexuality class about transgenders. My personal goal is to demonstrate to the students that transgenders are people just like them. Hopefully, our mini-biographies and our responses to the questions will help achieve those goals. The reactions of the students indicates that in much of the time, we are successful.
A femulator, circa 1970.
Wearing Andrew Marc.