An incident of anti-transgender discrimination at Central Piedmont Community College last year is cited in a new short documentary produced in collaboration with the Chronicle of Higher Education and Campus Pride.
In the doc, LGBTQ students are asked what they would like their college professors and administrators to ask them or think about when interacting with them on campus.
One of the students, who attends CPCC, speaks briefly about safety and says:
One of our students was a trans female and she was escorted out of a bathroom by a security guard.
The student cites an incident last spring when a transgender student was escorted out of the restroom and off campus. Controversy followed, with the student saying the college had suspended her and the college denying those claims. At one point, CPCC’s official Twitter handle melted down in controversy.
The college later added sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policy and took steps to help students and visitors find gender-neutral family restrooms on campus, but students and faculty have said it’s not enough. Gender identity still isn’t included in campus non-discrimination policies, even though the faculty senate has requested it be added in March. QNotes provides a full archive of past CPCC updates here.
Watch the video below.