Aleta Polley & Cory Frederick, Ally & Transgender
Cory’s Mom and Adjunct Faculty, Education & Graduate Assistant, Diversity Studies Certificate Program
INVOLVEMENTS AT OU:
Cory: Diversity Studies Certificate and SpeakOUT!
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE OUT?:
Aleta: My son is an OU student who is transgendered. As a parent and educator, it is paramount to support and enlighten others as they journey on their path of self-discovery.
Cory: Transgender visibility/representation is important because it gives a voice and lends support to those who are unable to "come out".
WHY ARE YOU PROUD?:
Aleta: As a parent, you have to give us time to readjust, rethink and relearn...not re-love when you come out. Cory: I am proud to be a part of a campus community that encourages its members to develop their authenticity.
WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART ABOUT COMING OUT?:
Cory: The most difficult part of coming out was being patient while family and friends learned to use my preferred name and pronoun.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS WHO COME OUT?:
Aleta: If it weren't for the sexual aspect, would there be an issue?Cory: For others who may be thinking about coming out, find a good support group you can discuss your feelings with, and encourage your family and friends to do the same.
THOUGHTS FOR NON-LGBT PEOPLE ABOUT LGBT PEOPLE AND CONCERNS:
Aleta: All disenfranchised groups had their struggles for a place in the mainstream. At some point in the near future, LGBT individuals will win their rights and be free to be who they really are.Cory: Do you support equality for transpeople? Great! You're not alone “78% of registered voters in a 2008 poll supported anti-discrimination measures that include gender identity, and sexual orientation" (National Center for Transgender Equality, 2010).