Co-chair, OUTreach students’ group
“I identify as being gender queer, an umbrella term used where a person’s gender identity is not the same as their biological sex. I don’t identify with either end of the male/female spectrum. It’s more like an absence of gender. It is a very new concept for people, and … I feel like I am still very new to it.
“When I first started on campus in 2007, I was in the Faculty of Engineering, and I found that trying to share [my gender and sexual orientation] was difficult. So I learned not to talk to people about it. Eventually I found different outlets, including OUTreach. I have since changed over to an arts major.
“Campus is very much like home to me. Pride Week was a big statement of solidarity, and there are talks about a gender diversity centre within the Students’ Union.
“Now we have momentum. There are more and better things to come.”