President’s Message Regarding Transgender Community

Dear BC Community,

 

As you may have seen in the news, the federal administration is considering rolling back recognition and protections for transgender people under federal civil rights law by changing the definition of gender identity. According to The New York Times, “The new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognize themselves — surgically or otherwise — as a gender other than the one they were born into.”

 

We take this seriously, and as we follow the situation I wanted to take a moment to reaffirm the College’s ongoing support of our transgender community. Regardless of the decision made at the federal level, Bellevue College will continue to protect the rights of transgender individuals. Discrimination or harassment based on gender identity or expression is prohibited by College policy, and we also anticipate that protections will continue to be extended at the state level.

 

I hope this provides some reassurance, but please reach out for support if you need it. Our Counseling Center can be reached at (425) 564-5747. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) students can also find support at the College’s LGBTQ Resource Center (425) 564-5213. Other resources include the College’s Title IX Office (425) 564-2704 and the Trans Lifeline.

 

Thank you for helping to make this a welcoming campus for all.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jerry Weber, Ph.D.

President, Bellevue College

3000 Landerholm Circle SE  |  Bellevue, WA  98007

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Last Updated October 23, 2018