Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Young transgender activist Blake Brockington mourned

Article can be found here.

Blake Brockington, who "who came out as transgender in his sophomore year of high school," was eighteen years old when he died as a result of suicide. He was nominated to his high school's homecoming court and sought to raise awareness by organizing public rallies in his community.

In terms of trans* vocabulary, I had a few questions after our class discussion today! I've heard trans* activists say that they were assigned a sex at birth but were born as a certain gender identity. Does this mean that gender is something that is seen as something that is inherent and biological or is gender something that is a social construction? If it's the latter, what are the implications for trans* activism and awareness?

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