I don’t get angry very often. But I’m angry right now. On May 10th, I’m moving to Manitou Springs, Colorado, to teach all summer at Summit Ministries. I’m living in a cabin at the base of Pikes Peak, teaching a whopping two hours per week, and starting work on my third book. But, obviously, that’s not why I’m angry. I’m angry because I will be missing a very important event on May 22nd at UNC – Gomorrah, which was previously known as UNC- Greensboro, and is also sometimes referred to as UNC Gonorrhea.
The UNCG Speech and Hearing Clinics – and this is not a joke - will host the Transgender Communication and Wellness Conference, an event for healthcare professionals and transgender individuals, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in Elliott University Center.
The keynote speakers for this event will be Dr. Richard Adler, co-editor of “Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Transsexual Client: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide” (2006), and Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. These are the kinds of people who fight for equality by rejecting the notion that men’s and women’s restrooms can truly be “separate but equal.” You can thank these brave civil rights leaders the next time your little girl runs into a drag queen in a public restroom. The Guilford Green Foundation, The Adam Foundation and Replacements Ltd. have provided grants to support the conference, which means that it will not be fully subsidized by public tax dollars. The conference will feature discussions about transgender voice and communication issues and broader health and wellness issues in the context of the transgender community.
The registration fee is $95, but it is discounted to $50 for full-time UNCG students. That’s almost two for the price of one. I really like that. For years, I’ve recommended that doctors provide two-for-the-price-of-one sex changes for those wishing to simply swap genitalia with someone else in a single out-patient surgical process.
A limited number of scholarships are available for transgender individuals. The Adam Foundation’s support will defray the registration fee for 14 members of the local transgender community. But I think we should do more because I like to impose my morals on others in the name of diversity. Specifically, I think we should offer free four-year tuition waivers to students willing to mutilate their genitals. I know studying can sometimes be a sacrifice. But genital mutilation – now that’s a real sacrifice!