Cissexism is the conscious or unconscious reinforcement of the belief that there are only two genders, determined at birth by one’s genitals. This belief results in the privileging of cisgender people and oppression of transgender, non-binary, and intersex people.
It is important to note that these hostile actions have lasting negative effects on the student body. Such expressions reinforce and perpetuate long histories of violent oppression and adversity faced by marginalized communities. We must show support and solidarity with the communities targeted by their hateful conduct.
On May 11th, the UCLA LGBT Resource Center organized a gender-affirming photoshoot to provide a positive space for trans and nonbinary Bruins.
Leelah Alcorn’s death demonstrates our need to end transphobia.