LGBTQ student activist sheds light on hardships trans women face

A student organization at the University of Oregon called LBTQA3 provides a safe place for LGBTQ students and residents.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 6:42 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2019 10:05 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- After three anti-transgender hate crime cases in Eugene last year, University of Oregon students are making efforts to prevent any more cases from occurring.

LBTQA3, a student organization at the university, provides a safe place for LGBTQ students and residents. 

Charlie Keen, a transgender woman and student activist with LGBTQA3, said she's personally been targeted.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, 29 transgender women were killed in 2017, 26 in 2018, and now 3 in 2019.

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"There still remains a large stigma," student Josh Harris said. "We just live in a binary culture, and anybody who doesn't fit into these molds is... people are just a little uncomfortable dealing with that."

LGBTQA3 holds social events, seminars and activities pertaining to LGBTQ support and rights. While taking steps to make a difference on campus and in Eugene, the students also make time to develop moral support for each other through friendship.

"We need to support and protect trans women, especially trans women of color," Keen said. "They disproportionately are affected by violence across all demographics, so we really need to help these communities."

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