February 16, 2009

A Message From TransMission

Here's a message from TransMission:

"Hey everyone,

TransMission is a relatively new student group dedicated to making Vassar campus safe, comfortable, and accessible to trans, gender variant, and sex variant community members. We’re working on becoming VSA-certified and are holding our first general interest meeting next week. Anyone who is interested in hearing what we’re about, what we’re up to, getting on our email list, or supporting our attempt to become certified is more than welcome.

The meeting is Tuesday, February 17th at 7 pm in the LGBTQ Center (CC 235). The meeting will be short (we promise not to interfere with the Augusten Burroughs lecture!) and there will be free pizza and homemade cookies (Vegan Options Available)!

So, please come, we can use as much support as possible.

Thanks!
TransMission"

5 comments:

vassar09er said...

how is this different than qcvc?

retto314 said...

First of all QCVC is a social organization for the queer community. Also TransMission is specifically dedicated to addressing the needs of trans and sex and gender variant people on Vassar Campus. We aim to advocate for these individuals and educate the rest of Vassar Campus about trans issues. Our main goal is to make Vassar as safe and inclusive as possible. To do this we have done things like work on the gender-neutral housing and unisex bathroom initiatives. We have also started talks with Metcalf about how their center could better serve the trans community. We plan in the future to work with different departments around campus in a similar fashion. If you have more questions about what we do and how we are different from other VSA orgs, you should come to our meeting tonight or see us during All College Day. We are going to outline what we have done, what we are doing, and what we hope to do in the future, as well as open up the meeting to any ideas or suggestions that the people who come have!

birdiebassbone said...

Good for them!

vassar09er said...

I think the work is incredibly important, but I don't see how it can't be done within QCVC. Strategically, isn't it better to have one strong organization for LGBTQ issues than a fragmented network of orgs?

According to the VSA website, "Queer Coalition of Vassar College exists to help various projects by and for Vassar’s transgender, lesbian, bisexual, gay and allied students. We use the word 'queer' to recognize and affirm a plurality of sex, sexuality, and gender difference." Sounds like the goals of TransMission fall well within those bounds if you ask me.

retto314 said...

TransMission was created by people who were currently attending, highly involved in, and very frustrated with QC as a direct response to the lack of resources seen for sex and gender variant individuals in QC. While QC's mission might say that (and not to knock the org), it has morphed into a social organization, it no longer even posses its own constitution, and when we got its constitution from the VSA to help us create our own, it didn't even come close to matching the current structure of the org. While Phillipe has been working hard this year to make QC more inclusive and more of an "activist org" there are so many things that need to be done on Vassar Campus in relation to trans issues that a highly dedicated, focused org is needed. The Queer community is too diverse to have one org meet all of our needs (just look at how many different racial/ethnic orgs there are on campus). TransMission is recognized as a separate org by the Campus Life LGBTQ center and on the Spectrum Leadership Counsel since November 2007.