This statement was posted on the LGBTQ Center listserv:
The decision to withdraw protections for trans students in schools opens the door for increased violence, bullying, and harassment. At Purdue the LGBTQ Center has worked hard with many campus partners to build a community of inclusion. It is not perfect, but there are structures in place to maintain the protections targeted by this administration. Students, faculty, and staff are protected under our nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policies which include sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity found here: http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/ea_eou_statement.html and http://www.purdue.edu/policies/ethics/iiic1.html.
We continue to improve our systems to recognize chosen names. Help us advocate to make this better. We train and educate about the use of chosen names and the pronouns a person identifies with.
Nobody has the right to police the bathroom – but you have the right to use the facilities that match your identity. Gender neutral bathrooms can be found across campus, and more are added annually. Please check the Refuge App (available for free on iOS and Android) for an updated listing of bathroom locations on campus. The CoRec has gender neutral facilities for anyone to use if they wish to. University Residences continues to work with the LGBTQ Center and community to house students in alignment with their identity. A safe place to live, learn, and make friends is critical for student persistence and success.
Purdue Police supports our community, cares about our safety, and is here to help if anything happens to us. Please report incidents. We need to document campus climate. There are active queer and ally student organizations, such as The LGBTQ+ Student Alliance, Queer Students of Color, NOGLSTP, DLP, GRL, and ACT UP. Get involved, get active, build networks, and use your powerful voices. All campus and community are invited to expand their knowledge about how to become more aware and inclusive through SAFE ZONE and TRANS INCLUSION TRAINING.
If you’re looking for more education, come to programs and events coordinated by the LGBTQ Center. You can make a difference. Finally, the LGBTQ Center staff is here for everyone and we will never stop working for an inclusive and equitable campus. We see you. We love you. Come visit us in Schleman Hall, room 230 or contact us at LGBTQ@purdue.edu.