These days, lots of colleges and universities make an effort to accept and welcome members of the LBGT community. But what does it mean for a women's college to embrace students who are born female and become men? Can schools like Wellesley, Smith, and Mount Holyoke retain their identity as all-women's colleges, while making room for transgender men?
It raises a host of issues about tradition, tolerance, the historic role of women's colleges and the shifting landscape around around gender identity.
Kaden Mohamed, Wellesley College class of 2014 and a transgender man.
- "Exactly how Wellesley will resolve the trans question is still unclear. Trans students say that aside from making sure every academic building on campus has a unisex bathroom, Wellesley has not addressed what gender fluidity means for Wellesley’s identity."
- "Gender identity is a complex matter, and the national discourse on this subject is evolving. ... We are approaching the discussion of gender fluidity and transgender experience with sensitivity, and in a way that reflects our values and mission."
This segment aired on October 17, 2014.