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First U.S. university announces master’s program in transgender studies

Though an infinitesimally small segment of the overall population, transgender Americans have been the focus of numerous civil rights campaigns meant to reconfigure our society to benefit the ostensibly oppressed minority.

Beyond the implementation of gender-neutral facilities in public buildings across the nation, there has been a concerted effort to explain and promulgate the increasingly popular idea of a sliding scale for gender identification.

Students at the University of Arizona will now have an opportunity not only to learn about these issues, but earn a master’s degree in the new transgender studies program.

Susan Stryker, head of the school’s Institute for LGBT Studies, explained that she is excited about the program — if not so thrilled with how white it is so far.

“The three people who had been hired were all white,” she complained, “and we were really trying to prioritize hiring faculty of color.”

Among other outreach programs under way at the university is an upcoming conference Stryker explained would feature “some really interesting trans performance artists working in Latin America and Spain.”


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