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Transgender Representations in the Media, 2/7 - Greencastle, IN

Filed By Ed Team | February 04, 2006 12:36 PM | comments

Filed in: Media, Transgender & Intersex

Check out this event coming to Depauw University this Tuesday night. TJ Jourian, a trans man from Michigan State University is going to be speaking on how trans people are represented in the media. TJ was one of the guys in the documentary series, TransGeneration, that debuted on Sundance Channel last fall.


Here's more info on TJ...

T.J., born Tamar in Beirut Lebanon in 1981 and raised in Cyprus, has embraced college as a place for intellectual, political and personal self-discovery. After graduating at the top of his high school class in Cyprus, T.J. received a Fulbright scholarship to study in the U.S. At Michigan State University in East Lansing, T.J. is part of the campus' tight-knit transgender community, and openly expresses the male identity he sensed as a very young child.

Bright and politically engaged, he has chosen to continue towards a graduate degree in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University. But T.J.'s gender expression is irrevocably at odds with his family and community in Cyprus, where he is expected to return after completing graduate work. His mother refuses to talk to him about the subject, and it is no secret that he is expected to sublimate his personal desires to the will of his community. As T.J. plans to a visit home in May, he realizes that he will have to confront his mother and sister about his desire to transition. And T.J. knows that if he is to become the man he deeply feels himself to be, he may never be able to go home.

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