Denounce Transphobia: Remove from University

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Denounce Transphobia on Campus: A Call for the Removal of  as an Apology to the LGBTQIA+ Community and a Step Towards Healing and Unity

President Biden’s recent executive order states, “Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love.” LGBTQIA+ individuals are now legally protected against discrimination in the workplace, schools, and health care. Additionally, “All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.”

, a lecturer at University, used her public platform to tweet her transphobic ideologies on January 21, 2021. In response to Daniel Darling’s tweet regarding the new policies placed by Biden.  stated, “But what if I don’t want my biological sons in the bathroom with my biological daughters? Do the 99% of us who do not wrestle with gender dysphoria have a voice? No? What if I told you Title IX was never meant to apply to >1% of the students over the 99%? Doesn’t matter? OK. Cool.” This tweet has since been removed from Twitter.

Numerous students reported the tweet by  to Title IX, BU Equity,  NAACP, and It’s On Us BU, yet  has taken no real action to address the concerns and safety of current and future students. To make matters worse, The Lariat editors sent out a formal apology to , retracting their original stance denouncing transphobia and now claiming that the comment was “controversial.”  uses Leave Your Mark to teach students that intent is different from impact. How our words have negatively impacted others should be at our focus and immediately corrected.  statement, whatever she intended, has negatively impacted many students at the institution. We need to denounce transphobia and hold faculty, staff, and students accountable for their actions so all people can attend a safe and non-discriminatory educational environment. 

should not maintain a position at University. She holds apparent prejudice toward our LGBTQIA+ peers and maintains authority within the classroom as a professor. In conjunction withrefusal to charter Gamma Alpha Upsilon, this discriminatory and transphobic tweet is causing many LGBTQIA+ students not to feel safe, represented, or heard.

Keeping  as a professor at  University would be damaging the reputation of the institution that continuously claims it “is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment for all members of the University community.

~ Black Leaders Moving Social Work (BLMSW)