• 28 Oct 2011 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hollins University, which bills itself as Virginia's first chartered women's college, plans to re-examine a rule that allows for the expulsion of transgender students who have taken a step toward sex reassignment but have not yet completed the process.

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  • 18 Oct 2011 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Kris Renn, class of 1986 and Lyon's Pride member, asks: "Are we different from any other dual-career couple in academe? We both have PhDs. [I am] a tenured faculty member at Michigan State. [Melissa] directs a multi-year NSF grant for the MSU provost’s office. We feel lucky to have two good jobs in the same good place. Does it matter that we’re a same-sex couple?" 

    Read her thoughts on the matter:
  • 12 Oct 2011 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Did you know Katherine Lee Bates, author of "America the Beautiful," is the daughter of a Mount Holyoke Female Seminary alum? KLB was a Wellesley College professor and alum in the late 1800s, and she was in a "Wellesley marriage" with another Wellesley College professor. Read more about her in this article from the South Florida Gay News.

  • 05 Oct 2011 5:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Marianna Nash '11, Lyon's Pride member, is a report at The Midtown Gazette, a student publication at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is working on a story about gay binational couples whose marriages are not recognized under DOMA. If any of you fit that definition, or know someone who does who would be willing to talk to her, please contact Marianna at Thanks!
  • 22 Sep 2011 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Link to casting post on the MTV website:

    My Name is Carly Stipek and I’m the Casting associate at MTV Networks
    currently working on a new special that will feature LGBT youth across
    the U.S. This is a chance for LGBT youth stories to heard by a huge
    audience of their peers!

    *Are you an LGBT youth who feels like no one understands you?**Share
    your story with MTV!*

    MTV Networks is casting LGBT youth for a new special. We’re looking for
    LGBT teens and young adults who appear to be 15-25 years old and live in
    the USA. You should be open to sharing your stories and struggles
    on-camera. If interested, please email us at
    <>. *Please include your name, location,
    phone number&  photo… and tell us about yourself and your current
    circumstances.* [For example, tell us your coming-out story… or why you
    haven’t come out yet. Who are the main people in your life, and how do
    they feel about your sexual identity? Why do you feel alone? Do you ever
    feel down? What’s a typical day like for you? Is there anything that you
    are afraid to do (but wish you had the guts to do) in the next three
    months?] */The more information about yourself and your life that you
    can tell us via email, the better we get to know you!/* Thanks for your
    interest, and we look forward to hearing your story.

    Carly Stipek, Casting Associate, MTV Networks

  • 14 Sep 2011 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cornell’s Archives Welcome Rare Gay-Themed Photographs
    Weintraub Collection Covers Civil War Era to the Present

    ITHACA, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2011) – Cornell University Library’s rich Human Sexuality Collection just got even richer, with the addition of more than 10,000 gay-themed photographs dating back to the 1860s.

    The Harry H. Weintraub Collection of Gay-Related Photography and Historical Documentation includes 150 years of photographs, books, magazines, pornography, ephemera and more. The photographs range from formal 19th-century portraits to Hollywood stars’ studio portraits and from 1950s physique photos to candid snapshots.

    Weintraub, a New York City labor lawyer who has been amassing the collection for three decades, visited the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections to make the donation in early August.

    “I began this collection in earnest because of the AIDS crisis,” he said. “Men were dying all around me, and their things were being thrown away because their families were embarrassed. So I was intent on trying to preserve not only their histories but that of those who came before.”

    As Weintraub amassed more and more photographs, he and his collection became well known, and families would sometimes contact him to donate their gay relatives’ materials. Many of the photographs are deeply personal. He also added steadily to the collection through purchases from dealers all over the country.

    “This is an amazing gift to Cornell, with a tremendous historical value, and it enhances our sexuality, visual, and photographic collections in exciting ways,” said Katherine Reagan, Ernest L. Stern curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

    The collection even contains a few Cornell-specific items, including a 1940s photo of a young man posed in the arms of the A.D. White statue on the Arts Quad, and it will assist the teaching and research of many scholars.

    “The new collection being donated by Harry Weintraub is a trove of rich and provocative images and related materials. It will provide an invaluable resource to many scholars, especially those of queer life and performance in the 20th century,” said Nicholas Salvato, assistant professor of theater, film and dance at Cornell. “I'm looking forward to bringing my students to see a number of intriguing photographs when I teach ‘Introduction to LGBT Studies’ in the spring.”

    Brenda Marston, curator of Cornell’s Human Sexuality Collection, said she is “delighted to have such a big boost to the collection’s visual documentation” and looks forward to welcoming the researchers to use it. Noting the role of personal collectors in preserving our cultural heritage, she added, “Mr. Weintraub has made a significant contribution by looking high and low for pictures that show traces of gay history.”

    Weintraub noted that the collection “deals with the history of a substantial U.S. population” and belongs in Cornell’s Human Sexuality Collection.

    “I knew the collection would have a good home here, that it would be well taken care of,” Weintraub said. “We’re a country of diversity, and the documentary record of the different parts of that diversity deserves to be collected and understood.”

    About Cornell University Library
    To learn more, visit the Human Sexuality Collection’s website or the Library online at
  • 28 Jul 2011 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Inside Higher Ed

    Marcus Waterbury, a graduate of the women’s institution Mount Holyoke College, didn’t think it was a big deal when, 15 years after graduation, his alma mater agreed to re-issue his degree to reflect the new name he adopted after transitioning from female to male.

    It’s not unheard of to re-issue a degree after an alumna becomes an alumnus – this is at least the third time Mount Holyoke alone has done it – but that’s a pretty straightforward and uncontroversial thing to do; for instance, it’s not uncommon at any given college for graduates to be granted replacement diplomas that reflect their married names.

    But for Mount Holyoke, a prestigious college that prides itself on having been educating women since nearly 100 years before they were permitted to vote, the story raises an interesting question: what place do gender roles have at a decidedly feminist institution? Or at any women’s college, for that matter?

    Read the rest of the story here.

  • 25 Jul 2011 11:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    I'm interning with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition this summer and they have me working on a multi-media project called I AM: Trans People Speak ( I run the social media aspect of this project (twitter:!/TransSpeak, facebook:, tumblr:

    We are now trying to turn this into a viral video submission project. What this means is that we are looking for video submissions! These videos are all about the diversity and humanity of people involved in the trans community, so we need both trans people and allies to submit videos to get their voices heard.

    Directions on how to make your own video can be found here:

    The guidelines for what to talk about can me found here:

    And you can submit your video here:

    Thank you so much,
    Maddie Collins
  • 13 Jul 2011 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    USA TODAY College: Posted May 10th, 2011
    in conjunction with
    Mount Holyoke College library, courtesy of Mount Holyoke

    As we noted earlier this year, college isn’t about the boys. The New York Times highlighted the University of North Carolina in a 2010 article, pointing out that it is one of “many large universities that at times feel eerily like women’s colleges. Women have represented about 57 percent of enrollments at American colleges since at least 2000, according to a recent report by the American Council on Education.” It’s not a trend that developed overnight, of course, so which schools blazed the trail?

    Read the rest of the article here.
  • 01 Jul 2011 11:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A website by the wife of a trans Mount Holyoke alum. Enter here.
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