Stevie Tran Visits Eastern

Written by Estephany Alvarez

Thanks to the Campus Activity Board, Pride Alliance, and the Pride Room, Stevie Tran visited Eastern to talk about the transgender community on Monday November 10th. When asked how she’d describe herself in one sentence she said, “A 28 year old practicing attorney and transwomen dedicated to helping people understand what it means to be trans.”

The presentation lasted an hour, then the evening progressed into a meet and greet. About 50 students and staff attended the presentation and roughly 25 stayed afterward to talk to Stevie personally.

In the presentation, Tran addressed several problems that affect the transgender community. Among these problems homelessness, suicide, domestic violence, and institutional recognition were all addressed several times with supporting statistics.

Trans also spoke about the social misconceptions the general public has about the transgender community. According to Trans, gender identity and sexual orientation are two completely different aspects of a person’s character that are often linked. Trans described the affects of beauty standards on transgender people by saying, “I am constantly bombarded with insults disguised as help like ‘I would have never known’ and ‘your voice, shoulders, and height give you away’, as if my femininity depends solely on how well I can camouflage myself to everybody else’s image of what a woman should look like.”

She ended her presentation with a strong statement saying, “If you take anything away from this presentation, remember that all the problems plaguing the transgender community are problems affecting every other community in this country.”

The meet and greet ended the evening with a group of students that stayed to thank Stevie for her touching, personal narrative on the issues surrounding the LGBT community. There were also many hugs exchanged and selfies taken.

When asked about the success of the event, Kaitlyn, the Culture and Fine Arts Coordinator for the Campus Activity Board, responded, “The turnout was higher than expected and Stevie seemed to really connect with a lot of people in the meet and greet so I would absolutely consider tonight as a success. I would love the opportunity to work with her again.”

Thanks to the Campus Activity Board, Pride Alliance, and the Pride Room, Stevie Tran visited Eastern to talk about the transgender community on Monday November 10th. When asked how she’d describe herself in one sentence she said, “A 28 year old practicing attorney and transwomen dedicated to helping people understand what it means to be trans.”

The presentation lasted an hour, then the evening progressed into a meet and greet. About 50 students and staff attended the presentation and roughly 25 stayed afterward to talk to Stevie personally.

In the presentation, Tran addressed several problems that affect the transgender community. Among these problems homelessness, suicide, domestic violence, and institutional recognition were all addressed several times with supporting statistics.

Trans also spoke about the social misconceptions the general public has about the transgender community. According to Trans, gender identity and sexual orientation are two completely different aspects of a person’s character that are often linked. Trans described the affects of beauty standards on transgender people by saying, “I am constantly bombarded with insults disguised as help like ‘I would have never known’ and ‘your voice, shoulders, and height give you away’, as if my femininity depends solely on how well I can camouflage myself to everybody else’s image of what a woman should look like.”

She ended her presentation with a strong statement saying, “If you take anything away from this presentation, remember that all the problems plaguing the transgender community are problems affecting every other community in this country.”

The meet and greet ended the evening with a group of students that stayed to thank Stevie for her touching, personal narrative on the issues surrounding the LGBTW community. There were also many hugs exchanged and selfies taken.

When asked about the success of the event, Kaitlyn, the Culture and Fine Arts Coordinator for the Campus Activity Board, responded, “The turnout was higher than expected and Stevie seemed to really connect with a lot of people in the meet and greet so I would absolutely consider tonight as a success. I would love the opportunity to work with her again.”