Just let me play my sport: A transgender perspective on the recent transgender sport bans

Ultimate team posing for photo on a jungle gym. The team's jerseys are blue and yellow.

Autumn Cook (they/them) is a senior dual degree recipient in Chemistry and Gender, Women's, + Sexuality Studies. They are a member of the Women's Center staff team and co-facilitate the Spectrum discussion group which is a space for trans and non-binary community members. We are in the midst of one of the most ruthless and… Continue reading Just let me play my sport: A transgender perspective on the recent transgender sport bans

Navigating the Women’s Restroom: An Open Letter

This post is written by Kay, a student staff at the Women’s Center. Kay is a senior Psychology major. This letter is addressed to a long slew of people. Who, you might ask? Well, that’s a loaded question, but in the interest of time, it’s primarily addressed to the cisgender women (women who identify with… Continue reading Navigating the Women’s Restroom: An Open Letter

Trans Women in Women’s Spaces: A Reflection on the Transition of Privilege and Belonging

Autumn is a junior Meyerhoff Scholar (M29), pursuing a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Gender, Women and  Sexuality Studies dual degree, and currently a student intern at the Women’s Center. Content Note: The content of this blog may be triggering. Topics addressed by this blog include transphobia, menstruation, pregnancy, dysphoria, and gender-confirmation surgery.… Continue reading Trans Women in Women’s Spaces: A Reflection on the Transition of Privilege and Belonging

Things They Didn’t Tell Us: Recovering From Microaggressions

This post is written by Kay Hinderlie, a student staff at the Women's Center. Kay is a senior at UMBC, majoring in psychology. Imagine it’s the first day of your semester. After locating your class, you find a seat and reach into your backpack for your class materials. You check to make sure your phone… Continue reading Things They Didn’t Tell Us: Recovering From Microaggressions

Nonbinary in the Classroom

This post is written by Sam Hertl (they/them pronouns), a social work intern completing their field placement in the Women's Center. *Trigger warning* There are heavy topics mentioned such as the rate of violence against trans lives, suicide, and mental health issues. Please read with caution.  Can I just say that living in a society… Continue reading Nonbinary in the Classroom

Inclusive Excellence Means Inclusive Access: A Treatise on All-Gender Restrooms at UMBC (and Beyond)

A pink toilet on a rainbow gradient. Text reads "I was there for the opening of UMBC's first multi-user all-gender restroom."

We’re a STEM-heavy school, so let me put it this way: there is absolutely no empirical evidence that would support the hypothesis that increasing access to all-gender restrooms also increases violence against vulnerable populations like women and children.

Why is the Women’s Center Hosting an Overdose Response Training?

Today, the Women’s Center and University Health Services will host an Overdose Response Training. The training is run by the Baltimore City Health Department and it teaches individuals how to respond to opioid overdose and gives them the tools needed to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Each attendee will be certified to administer Naloxone (or… Continue reading Why is the Women’s Center Hosting an Overdose Response Training?

Whats your queer click moment?

Maybe you've heard of a feminist click moment, but do you remember what your queer click moment was? Kayla Smith, Women's Center student staff member, collected queer click moment stories for the blog. Thanks to those who contributed! That moment when the lightbulb went off in your head and a little (or loud) voice said "Holy… Continue reading Whats your queer click moment?

Our Mothers

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Today we mourn the loss of our trans siblings to violence and celebrate their lives, bravery, and accomplishments. Today we honor our elders and those who paved the way before us. Today we use our mouths to speak the voices that have been silenced. Below is a collection of… Continue reading Our Mothers

Healing My Community

 A reflection by Women's Center staff member Daniel Trigger warning for suicide mention; resources at the bottom of the post My community experienced a tragedy early this October, and the ripples from the impact are still cascading across campus and beyond. I woke up that morning to several messages from friends and coworkers telling me… Continue reading Healing My Community