GSA encourages respect on Transgender Day of Visibility


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Vice President of GSA Zoe Hermer-Cisek hands a ribbon to US science teacher Dr. Heilig.

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To honor Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31, GSA handed out ribbons during school on March 30.

“Our main goal is to raise awareness about issues within Minnesota and the country as a whole regarding how transgender people are treated,” Vice President of GSA Zoe Hermer-Cisek said.

GSA hung posters on their club board honoring the significant work transgender people have done over the past year. GSA also had posters up reminding students and faculty to look at the new gender diversity policy and prompted them to consider how they can (or do) support the policy.

Further, there was a space to write questions about what it means to be transgender that the group collected to respond to.

Hermer-Cisek believes that most SPA community members are already mindful of how they talk about and treat transgender people within the SPA community.

“We want to make sure that people consciously think about the way they and other people talk about trans people and think about them in day to day conversations. We just want everyone to be respectful of each other and I think the new policy is going to promote that,” Hermer-Cisek said.