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Community Conversations series to discuss transgender rights

Transgender rights will be the topic at the next session of Community Conversations on Thursday, March 5, 5-6:30 p.m. in room 329 of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).   

Morehead State alum Christina Tierney and senior English and philosophy major Jacob Tackett of Ashland will be the speakers at the event. Tierney is a transwoman and Tackett identifies as non-binary. The speakers will be discussing definitions and terms, how different cultures perceive transgender people, how transgender people are portrayed in the media, current issues facing transgender people, resources on campus and how to be a good ally.   

“It is important that the MSU community be at the forefront of understanding and supporting a variety of gender expressions,” said Dr. Bernadette Barton, professor of sociology and director of MSU’s Gender Studies program. “Trans rights are currently much-discussed on the local and national levels. Further, our cultural understanding of gender identity and expression is changing rapidly. We are working to increase cultural competence for those not involved in Gender Studies who are confused by the changing ideas and terms.”

“We are also seeing a big uptick in the number of students at MSU who identify as trans and non-binary, and it important to Gender Studies and student affairs that we best serve students.”   

The Community Conversations lecture series is a collaboration between the Gender Studies Program and the Eagle Diversity Education Center.  

For more information, contact Barton at or call 606-783-2710.   

To find out more about the Eagle Diversity Education Center, visit, email or call 606-783-9569.

For information on MSU’s gender studies program, visit