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Trans & Nonbinary Inclusion & Allyship

The Emily Taylor Center promotes trans-inclusive feminism as a pathway to achieving gender equity. Therefore, we work closely with our partners at the KU Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity (SGD) to raise awareness concerning trans experiences and issues as well as to foster transgender inclusion and allyship at KU and beyond. 

Thursday, April 9th, 6 pm

The Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture featuring Raquel Willis

KU Memorial Union, Alderson Auditorium


Please join the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity for our annual Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture featuring Raquel Willis on Thursday, April 9th, 6 pm - 8 pm, in Alderson Auditorium (KU Memorial Union, Level 4). 


RAQUEL WILLIS is a Black queer transgender activist, writer, and speaker dedicated to inspiring and elevating marginalized individuals, particularly transgender women of color. She is formerly the executive editor of Out magazine and the founder of Black Trans Circles through Transgender Law Center (TLC). In 2018, she was named a Jack Jones Literary Arts Sylvia Rivera Fellow. She's also a part of Echoing Ida, a national Black women and nonbinary writers' collective. She is a former National Organizer for TLC. 


In 2018, she was also named an Open Society Foundations Soros Equality Fellow. She launched Black Trans Circles, a project focused on developing the leadership of Black trans women in the South and Midwest by creating healing justice spaces to work through oppression-based trauma, incubating community organizing efforts to address anti-trans murder and violence, and elevating nuanced narratives through a national storytelling campaign.



In honor and memory of Jana Lynne Mackey, the University of Kansas has established the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series. The young social activist and feminist was taken from this world before her noble and inspiring work was completed. Jana dedicated her short life to pursuing social justice and true equality for all women. In an effort to continue her important work, this lecture series was established to raise awareness about issues close to Jana's heart, namely breaking down barriers and fostering opportunities to secure women's rights leaders and experts with the dual purpose of enhancing understanding and calling for involvement and service while providing a platform for discussion and dialogue.



Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity

Department of Political Science

Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Office of Integrity and Compliance

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center

Student Senate

Students United for Reproductive and Gender Equity

University of Kansas School of Law

University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

The Commons



This Facebook Group, sponsored by the Emily Taylor Center For Women & Gender Equity and the Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity at the University of Kansas, is for those interested in sharing information and participating in conversations surrounding trans and nonbinary inclusion as well as gender equity and transfeminism. 


View ETC's Trans Resources Guide, our list of local, statewide, and national transgender resources.  


View and print ETC's Respect Gender Pronouns mini zine, a brief guide to respecting personal pronouns.


The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity and its campus partners have worked to provide more single-use, gender inclusive restrooms on the KU campus. Its goal is to offer safe and comfortable places for all members of the campus community to use the restroom. The Center is particularly focused on offering these restrooms to those individuals who are transgender, gender nonconforming, queer, those with disabilities who have an attendant of a different sex or gender, and parents with young children of another sex or gender. Click here for a list of Gender Inclusive Restrooms.

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