first_imgSt John’s JCR has resolved to provide £400 for the purchase of items that aid gender expression.The JCR voted in favour of establishing a fund similar to those already in place at Exeter and Somerville, which can be used by students to purchase items such as binders, concealing underwear, packers and breast-forms.The motion, proposed by the JCR Trans and Gender Minorities Rep Cas Burton, noted that gender dysphoria—the feeling of distress associated with a disconnect between a person’s perceived gender and their gender identity—affects students at St John’s and across the University.It suggested that purchasing items for gender expression could help to tackle gender dysphoria, improving welfare and mental health, and that the JCR should strive to develop suitable welfare provisions for all its members, including those of the transgender and gender nonconforming community.It also noted that these items can improve welfare for gender nonconforming students who may not experience gender dysphoria.St. John’s JCR LGBTQ+ Officer Kelly van Eerde, who seconded the motion, told Cherwell: “I first came across the idea of a fund of this kind from other reps posting about it on the Oxford college LGBTQ+ reps Facebook group.It is an initiative that many college reps have expressed an interest in setting up at their colleges.”Van Eerde continued: “As far as I know, something very similar exists at Exeter College and Wadham College.“I therefore brought the idea up with our JCR transgender and gender minorities rep, Cas, and we discussed with the JCR treasurer about how best to implement the fund.“Cas and I then wrote the motion together—they proposed it as it is a topic more relevant to their role specifically.”Speaking on the long-term effects the motion is predicted to have, van Eerde said: “The benefits of this fund are, I believe, twofold. Firstly, it is beneficial to any individual who makes use of it as it removes the additional financial worry that goes along with buying these items, which can already be intimidating to buy. This allows them to more easily alleviate dysphoria and feel more comfortable within themselves, improving these students’ welfare.“Secondly, on a more general level, it shows the JCR’s support of our transgender and/or gender nonconforming members. By having this fund in place, it shows people who may be closeted or questioning that the college is a safe and accepting place to explore their gender expression and identity.”JCR President Amelia Wrigley said: “I’m very proud to belong to such an inclusive and progressive JCR, and grateful for the hard work of my committee’s liberation officers in ensuring everyone at St John’s feels secure and accepted.”St John’s JCR previously introduced gender-neutral bathrooms around college, and changed the constitution so that it includes gender-neutral language.The move by John’s comes just weeks after the death of transgender academic Erin Shepherd prompted calls for increased efforts for the University to provide a welcoming environment for transgender students and staff.Speaking at the time, Orla White, OUSU VP for Women and Equality, told Cherwell: “We know that trans women are often failed by mental health services, which is only compounded by day-to-day experiences of transmisogyny.”last_img read more


first_img My favorite thing in my dressing room “This is my grandfather’s flag—I found it in my parents’ basement in San Francisco. It has 48 stars on it!” The best thing to eat on a two-show day “Kale salad! It’s good for energy and doesn’t make me feel tired. The perfect blend of delicious and nutritious to get me through the day.” Lena Hall is venturing where few ladies have gone before: She’s playing disgruntled backup singer Yitzhak, a dude who wants more than anything to be a drag queen, in the gender-bending rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Oh, and did we mention she’s also the husband of Neil Patrick Harris, who plays transgender rock goddess Hedwig Schmidt? We had to find out what Hall’s life like is like behind the scenes, so Broadway.com sent her on a scavenger hunt, asking her to take photos of a few of her favorite things at the Belasco Theatre. Check out a day in the life of Lena below! My good luck charm “Josh Groban gave this to me. He was duped by a monk in Times Square to donate for peace. It makes me laugh.” My favorite fan gift “Yum yum cookies!!!! My fav is maple bacon!” My favorite co-star “This pic was taken after our first preview. Neil is so much fun to work with and his work ethic is incredible.” The crew member who saves my ass “Me and stage manager Rachel Wolff! During tech, she would always watch out for me and make sure everything was in its right place. She was always there for me with a pen so I could write down my changed prop moves and such.” View Comments The best costume piece I wear “I love my packer [fake penis, censored]. It helps me with the physicality of Yitzhak. I asked for it ;)” My view from the stage door “Here I am, signing autographs for the crowd outside after the show.” My must-have pre-show item “Always with the iced tea! Large, unsweetened, extra ice.” My Yitzhak’s-eye view from the stage “My ‘hole,’ where all my props are. I drink from these bottles during the show (not real booze, obviously) and they save me as far as my voice is concerned.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 A selfie right before I go on stage “Getting myself together before I get bombarded with insults from Miss Hedwig.” Hedwig and the Angry Inch The coolest prop in the show “They got guitar picks and drum sticks specially made for the band! I thought it was THE coolest.” Lena Hall Star Fileslast_img read more


first_imgTripp Gaylord ended his first IMCA Modified start in the 1st Class Chassis Wild West Tour in victory lane Friday at Sweetwater Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography) The satisfying win came at a track where Hansen hadn’t had much tour luck in the past.  Making his 109th consecutive Wild West Tour start, Chase Hansen topped the IMCA Modified main event on night two of the doubleheader weekend at Sweetwater Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker) Both drivers earned $1,200 and saw their names added to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  After starting fifth, Gaylord found the middle line to his liking on Friday. He passed Ricky Alvarado and Braxton Yeager for the lead following a restart and stayed in front to the end of the 30-lapper.  “Rock Springs is a good track, always racy,” Gaylord said after his runner-up finish on night two. “We were very comfortable running our line. We were having fun out there, I think I could have run another 100 laps.” The tour for Modifieds first ran from 2007-2014, with IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods added when the tour resumed last year.  ROCK SPRINGS, Wy. (June 19-20) – A driver making his first-ever tour start and a driver who’s never missed a tour event were weekend IMCA Modified winners at Sweetwater Speedway.  “It felt good to have a good car we could be competitive with,” he said. “We started 14th and got sixth on Friday so we were good both nights.” center_img DeVilbiss raced from 13th to finish third. Braxton Yeager and 15th starting Jake Donnelly completed the top five.  Gaylord’s opening night checkers ended the streak of a record six straight wins Zane DeVilbiss recorded on the way to the last year’s crown. “It feels like it’s been years trying to get that big out-of-state win,” said Gaylord, who’d run second to Alvarado in the Yeager Memorial finale. “We knew there would be a lot of good cars there and it turned out to be a very good weekend for us with the Modified.”  Justen Yeager was fourth, DeVilbiss fifth.  Hansen started the Saturday show from outside the front row. He had the lead when the second lap was scored and led the distance, pulling away after a caution at midway and beating Gaylord and Alvarado across the stripe. Tripp Gaylord topped the Friday night 1st Class Chassis Wild West Tour feature, returning to Rock Springs to redress a runner-up finish on night two of May’s Rudy Yeager Memorial. Chase Hansen was the Saturday winner, collecting his career third checkers, and first since 2014, in his 109th tour start. Stock Car winners at Rock Springs were defending tour champion Ed Henderson and DeVilbiss. Michael Johnson and Brian Baker were the Northern SportMod winners.last_img read more