Sunny is a trans girl from Suadi Arabia who is studying in Arizona on a student visa. When her parents found out she was transgender they canceled the scholarship she was using to pay for school and housing. Being unable to pay, she has already been kicked out of the dorm she was living in and is…THIS IS MY FRIEND! PLEASE HELP! EVEN IF YOU CAN’T DONATE PLEASE REBLOG THIS! THANK YOU <3
maybe if i list my symptoms someone will know what’s wrong with me
- constant all-over pain, to the point where standing, sitting, and walking is painful
- constant fatigue and no energy
- unrestful sleep (even if i get a “good” night’s sleep, i’m still tired)
- muscle spasms, sometimes painful, sometimes waking me up in the middle of the night, sometimes not painful but distracting and irritating
- idk how to describe this last one but there are like, pressure points i guess? that when they’re pressed cause pain in other areas? for example if i can’t sleep on my back bc whenever any pressure is applied to the back of my neck i get a headache or migraine
- muscle tightness and stiffness, especially in the mornings
- brain fog
- irritable bladder and bowels
- sensitivity to odors, noise, bright lights, and weather
- painkillers/anti-inflammatories don’t help
you can signal boost this if you want, i just don’t know what to do, my tests always come back normal so doctors always ignore what i’m trying to tell them
anyone please i’m in so much pain i can’t take this anymore i don’t know what to do i don’t know how to communicate to medical doctors that i can’t live like this can anyone help me please
Help us demand change from Smith College!
1. Students at Smith and surrounding colleges are planning a protest of Smith College’s exclusionary admissions policy regarding trans women. The demonstration will take place on the Smith campus on April 24, 2014. If you are free any hour before 4:30PM and you’d like to participate please email at email@example.com for specific details about what we’ll be doing, as well as times and locations. Please note that all participants will be required to attend one training/strategy meeting beforehand so that we protest as a a united front. Feel free to tell anyone and everyone about the action, but participants must contact us ahead of time to participate. Any questions, comments, or concerns can be directed to Sarah’s email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Support this cause if you’re not in the area by visiting the website of another group of students organizing for trans women at Smith: Smith Q&A
1. Can trans women be admitted to Smith? What is the current policy?
Yes, but the question is which trans women. Smith’s policy means in most cases that only trans women who have been over 18 for a significant amount of time (so not most young women applying to college), have very supportive families and schools, are of considerable financial means, have access to lots of free time, and (in many states but not all) want surgery can apply.
Thus, most trans women will be unable to meet these requirements. This is an exclusion policy in all but name. Although Smith has been receptive to our negotiations in the past, and has altered some of their policy (so that Disability and Financial Aid Office docs do not count towards gender), Smith has refused to negotiate with us further to change these requirements.
To be more specific, all applicants must have all female gender markers on their:
» high school transcript
»high school letters of recommendation
»and midyear academic report.
Depending on what state you live in, this might requires getting legal gender markers changed on your birth certificate, being required to have (and pay for) surgery, going to lots and lots of therapy and doctors appointments, getting a court order, and more. These actions are so time consuming and expensive that they are not feasible for most trans women. Not to mention that if you live in states like Idaho, Ohio and Tennessee you can’t apply to Smith because you can’t change your legal, birth certificate sex for the Common App. In states like Washington, individual schools are totally free to *not* allow a gender marker change on transcripts.2. What would Q&A have Smith do instead?“Should there be inconsistent/non-female gender markers or ambiguity about how an applicant identifies her gender, Smith admissions may request supplemental documentation from the applicant to confirm that the applicant has a female gender identity. Documentation may include letters of support or explanation from medical or mental health providers, school administrators, teachers, guidance counselor, social workers, advisors, clergy, family, employer, etc. The documentation is for the purpose of ensuring that the applicant is not asserting that she has a female gender identity for any improper purpose. Any documentation confirming that the applicant asserts a female gender identity in most areas of her life shall be acceptable as confirmation that the student is female and eligible for consideration for admission to Smith College” (Updated Demands, Smith Q&A, full text here).
Although this is an imperfect solution in that many young trans women might not have people who could write these letters for them, it is one that we feel the administration will be most likely to feel comfortable with and it would open up access for many women. It’s a great start.
7. Will admitting trans women cause Smith to lose its Title IX status?
According to the legal experts we consulted, and Smith’s lawyers, no. Smith is aware that trans women have attended Smith and are attending Smith currently.Sources:If anyone has more specific policy info please let us know — submit us your high school’s policy (if you can even find it!)