I have to apologize for an incident I was a part of. On Facebook, I was involved in a heated conversation in which I derailed the initial intent, misgendered several Alliance members, and contributed to a less safe space for all gender and sexually diverse people. I’d like to first apologize to those I have misgendered. To Elliot, Allen, and ND I am sincerely sorry for using the wrong pronouns and not immediately correcting myself after I was informed they were not correct. Bonita has corrected me on your proper identities and I will refer to you all with those pronouns until you each inform me otherwise. To anyone trans or gender-nonconforming who were affected by my comments, I apologize and commit myself and the Alliance to dismantling transphobia and cissexism. I apologize to BlackOut/ and my organization, The Alliance For Sexual And Gender Diversity for my behavior on Facebook. As a President I am disappointed in my actions and should have acted with tact, class and respect for others including all those involved. I now know that I should have allowed Matthew the opportunity to answer Bonita’s call for accountability, as he did later. I understand that speaking over Bonita, a Black ciswoman, was at best disrespectful and at worst misogynist. I also apologize for my hostile comments to Bonita that derailed a conversation centered on allies for racial justice in light of the Darren Wilson verdict. My hostility came from a place of knowledge about multiple incidents between Bonita and Matthew. Instead of having a dialogue with Bonita directly, I derailed and attacked. I ask for the community’s forgiveness as well as the forgiveness of all parties involved. I hope that my snap judgment and structurally violent actions do not harm the progress that is being made at Georgia State and the greater Atlanta community, such as continued education and gender-neutral bathrooms.
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12/1/14 at 9:36am