Timeline of LGBTQ milestones at the University of Iowa

As the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resource Center celebrates a decade of serving University of Iowa students, “Iowa Now” notes significant milestones in the university’s journey toward being an inclusive and welcoming institution for LGBTQ individuals.
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Celebrating points of pride

UI reflects on milestones in creating a welcoming environment for LGBTQ community
The University of Iowa’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resource Center recently marked a decade of serving the community. While opening the center was a significant milestone in the university’s LGBTQ history, it is one of many accomplishments spearheaded by people committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming campus.

No gender left behind

Transgender artist, educator leads workshop, shares story Sept. 17, 18
In the fall of 2010, Rebecca Kling was fired from a teaching position for being a transgender woman. The experience left her wondering what America was teaching its children—and adults— about gender, conformity, and being just a little different. Kling will share what she learned Sept. 17 and 18 in a visit to the UI campus.

Trans folk tell their stories

Trans Oral History Project installation, workshop held April 19, 20
The University of Iowa will offer several opportunities for people to develop a deeper understanding of the diverse experiences of those in the transgender and gender variant communities thanks to the upcoming Trans Oral History Project installation and workshop April 19 and 20.
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Campus pride

UI adds optional LGBT-identity question to application for admission
The UI has become the first public institution in the nation—and the second U.S. institution of higher education—to specifically include optional questions about students’ sexual orientation and gender identity in their application for admission.

Tangled genders

UI announces TransWeek! 2012 activities Nov. 2-5
The University of Iowa’s student and community-based group TransCollaborations announces the schedule for the fourth annual TransWeek! Nov. 2 through 5 with the theme, “Organizing Against Transnormativity,” a week that celebrates trans-identified people and gender variance.

Transgender training for health care providers

Public invited to first Eastern Iowa Transgender Medical Symposium
The first Eastern Iowa Transgender Medical Symposium Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, will help to bridge the gap between the local transgender community and health care providers. The University of Iowa’s community and campus group, TransCollaborations, is organizing the symposium.
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Transgender activist, academic pioneer

shuster educates, empowers via scholarship, service, social justice
Much of the world identifies people by one of two genders. Rather than accept the status quo, stef shuster is changing it—one presentation, paper, and conversation at a time.