Transgender Student Silenced: Demand they let Jennifer Braly speak.
  • Petitioned University of Arkansas Fort Smith

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University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Transgender Student Silenced: Demand they let Jennifer Braly speak.

    1. Brooke Addison
    2. Petition by

      Brooke Addison

      Seattle, WA

Jennifer Braly, a transgender UAFS student, was scheduled to give a guest lecture for Dr. Laura King’s General Psychology class on Friday, April 20th at 9AM. The lecture coincided with the class unit on gender and sexuality. Thursday afternoon, Ms. Braly received an email from Dr. Rita Barrett, Associate Professor of Psychology and Department Chair, which, according to Ms. Braly said,

“All of my faculty are now diligently preparing for the closure of the semester. They must be in compliance with their syllabi, grading, final exams, graduation exercises, etc. and it is impossible to afford more class time to accommodate an additional speaker at one week before finals.Therefore, your scheduled speaking engagements in any course in my department (PSYC, CJ, SOCI, ANTH) have been cancelled. This includes the two scheduled for tomorrow Friday April 20th in Dr. Laura King’s classes.”

Lets step up!!!

Help send a message to U of A Fort Smith that the world is watching, and won’t stand silent while people are silenced solely because of their gender presentation/identity. Demand that the U of A let Jennifer Braly speak freely about gender and sexuality.

Find more info from the links below.

Fox 24 Local covarage and video.
http://www.nwahomepage.com/fulltextfox?nxd_id=329112

KARK Local News 4 coverage.
http://www.arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=537212

Student newspaper:
http://www.lionschronicle.uafs.edu/news/breaking-news-transgender-student-lecture-sparks-debate

The Guerrilla Angel Report.
http://www.lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/u-of-arkansas-officials-stops-transgender-student-from-giving-lecture-to-class/

To:
University of Arkansas Fort Smith
U of A Fort Smith the world is watching, and we won’t stand silent while people are silenced solely because of their gender presentation/identity. We demand that the U of A let Jennifer Braly speak freely about gender and sexuality.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Tina Musgrove DAYTON, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I've had my issues with Arkansas for some years now because of the corruption inherent in the so-called "justice system" which adamantly declares that it never convicts innocent men - which, if you know anything about the West Memphis Three case, you know is nothing more than BLATANT LIES told to cover the asses of those officials involved in the cover-up...

      This case is further proof of how much rampant bigotry the under-represented / minority population in Arkansas must still contend with every day and we need to SPEAK OUT in support of those being targeted!!!

      Hating / silencing / dismissing / discriminating against someone - based on their age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation is WRONG! no matter where it happens and it is in the interest of the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness promised all citizens of the United States of America that EVERYONE be allowed a voice - whether you understand / agree with them or not!!!

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    • britt fritts CENTERTOWN, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      because I think gender is just who you feel that you are and everyone deserves the right to our first amendment and that school is wrong to deny her of that

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    • jade smith FORTDODGE, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      i am also a transgendered woman and have been silenced.

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    • Laura Darley JONESBORO, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      Educational, nonbiased explanation, and a professional behavior. There is no logical reason for Ms. Braly to be silenced.

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    • Kate Russell SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      People of any religion gender sexual orientation exc should have the right to speak. Teach about difference and equality for all.

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