College Students Meet to Learn about Gender Identity

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- A group of James Madison University students met to watch a movie about life as someone who is transgender. The group also had a discussion of the appropriate terms to use when talking to someone in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.

They said you cannot choose your sex when you are born, but you can choose which gender you want to express as you become older.

One student said he joined the group to learn how to not be offensive when speaking to someone in this group.

"I was born just knowing 'boy' and 'girl' and the boxes we all like to fit into, but now I know there's more than just that. There aren't really boxes, it's like a whole spectrum," said Frederick Carranza, a JMU student.

JMU students will hold a vigil Thursday night on campus to remember those victims who were killed for being transgender.

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