THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — In October, a group of transgender students at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, were charged with illegally replacing campus bathroom gender signs. The typical “male” or “female” signs were replaced with “all gender bathroom” signs. A disciplinary hearing was scheduled for December 4th (yesterday) and the group faced over $5,000 in fines. [As of this writing I’ve been unable to find out what transpired at this hearing.]
One news reports states that there is no evidence linking the group to the deeds, but because of their visibility and involvement in the campus trans and LGBT community, they were targeted by the university administration.
Some of the replaced bathroom signs included a manifesto which called for the university to desegregate campus bathrooms and yield respect to trans students.
The names of the students involved have not been reported.
Read the manifesto, written under the name Pissed Off Trans* People, here: http://wesleying.org/2013/10/17/desegregate-wesleyan-bathrooms-pissed-off-trans-people-on-the-diy-gender-neutralizing-of-wesleyans-bathrooms/
I’d say more power to them for bringing attention to their needs. Likewise, if there is no evidence, they should not be charged with criminal activities.
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT is associated with Wipe Out Transphobia: http://www.wipeouttransphobia.com/
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/