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Transgender activist shares personal struggle with gender identity

first_imgSaint Mary’s department of gender and women’s studies and the psychology department hosted Meghan Buell, a transgender woman who shared her experiences at Dalloway’s Clubhouse on Wednesday. Buell, who is the founder of Trees, Inc., a non-profit organization that brings education and resources about trans issues to small towns in the Midwest, said she grew up in a small town in Indiana and she spent 35 years struggling with her gender identity.“One of the toughest aspects of my personal journey is not finding, or not even knowing how to find someone who was like me,” Buell said. “When I had an experience or a curiosity or something happened in my life that didn’t fit in to what I was being shown around me as the binary and male gender, I kind of said ‘All right. I don’t know what that is, but I’m going to put it up in my head and not worry about it and not think about it.’”Buell said she searched the Internet to find other people like her, and spent five years reading biographies of other transgender people before she was able to self-identify as transgender.Monica Villagomez Mendez | The Observer “I have been described by a lot of my friends and people here in the community and the area as the most out and proud trans person they’ve ever met,” Buell said. “I’m just Meghan and I’m just living my life and I’m doing it the way I feel is best for me.“I hope other people realize it’s okay to be yourself and beat to your own drum and go about life in the best way you can and not let others push you into boxes and push you into a way of living,” she said. “Do it for yourself; it’s your life. Enjoy it and do it the way you want.”Buell emphasized that the journey for each transgender person is different. “For every trans person that speaks, the audience needs to remember this is just one trans person speaking,” Buell said. “The trans community is made of very diverse, very unique individuals, and every journey is their own and unique to them. I can tell you things about being in the trans community that are completely opposite of what someone else has experienced.“Give every trans person the opportunity to tell their story and to talk about their journey, the challenges, the successes, because it’s not going to be the same as the last trans person you spoke to.”Buell said one of the biggest questions concerning the transgendered community is the problem with which public bathroom to use.“Everybody needs to go to the bathroom,” she said. “It really has an impact on the transgender community. … It makes choosing a bathroom difficult sometimes when your gender expression is showing the opposite of what the gender marker on your driver’s license says or is different from what the stereotypical gender expression may be. There’s this point of hesitancy when you walk up to the bathroom.”Buell said this is dangerous to members of the transgender community because in some places, it is illegal to enter bathrooms that do not match a person’s assigned gender. She said transgender students have started avoiding bathrooms at school altogether by not eating or drinking during the day, which can affect both their physical health and academic career.Though Buell describes herself as an open book, she said the experience of being transgender is a hard one. She said one way to make it easier for transgender people is to not impose gender roles from a young age, and to raise children in a more gender-neutral way until they express gender on their own.“I don’t wish this upon anyone. This is tough,” Buell said. “I’ve made a lot more out of it than I ever expected to make out of it. It’s tough. So if you have children and you allow them to express their gender when they’re ready to express their gender, it gives them a better shot of not going down the wrong path and having to reverse direction or correct direction, which is tough.”Tags: Gender and Women’s Studies, meghan buelllast_img read more

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Rules, regulations, and relationships: How WSECU spreads compliance management across the enterprise

first_imgEvery month, a group of senior leaders at WSECU($3.3B, Olympia, WA) gather to review their organization’s appetite for risk, renew its focus on member protection, and break down silos that block the view of how compliance concerns are playing out across the enterprise.WSECU created its consumer protection compliance committee in early 2014 in the wake of new Dodd-Frank mortgage rules and state examinations. About that time, Wilkes Hardin joined the Evergreen State cooperative as its vice president of lending compliance.“Our compliance world has become so much more complex in the past 10 years,” Hardin says. “Credit unions aren’t under the radar like we used to be. With the state and NCUA focus on safety and soundness, we’re in the crosshairs of compliance like never before.”To mount a formal response to the changes, the credit union created the committee to: “ … provide oversight, guidance, and direction with respect to the credit union’s management of compliance, including oversight of the credit union’s compliance with state and federal laws, regulations, rules, interpretations, and regulatory guidance, including implementation of new or changed regulatory requirements, products, services or systems.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Wizards’ Bradley Beal reacts to recent Nets trade rumors: ‘I look at it as a sign of respect’

first_imgThe 2019-20 NBA season may be on hold, but apparently Bradley Beal trade rumors never stop.With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving already on board for the next few years, the Nets have “internally discussed” ways to acquire the Wizards guard in order to form a “Big Three” in Brooklyn, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. So how does the 26-year-old feel about this latest round of speculation? “It’s not the first time I’ve heard this kind of talk,” Beal told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. “It’s interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I’ve been doing good things and guys want to play with me. That’s an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie and KD want you, s—, that’s amazing.”At the same time, you don’t know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I’ve put down roots in D.C. I’ve dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team. But I’d be naive to say that I don’t think about it when these stories come up.”TRADE RUMORS: Will Warriors move top 2020 NBA Draft pick?That last part will leave some Wizards fans feeling a bit uneasy, but Beal isn’t ready to go full Anthony Davis and request a trade out of Washington because he wants to play with John Wall again. Wall, a five-time All-Star with the Wizards, is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon and hasn’t taken the floor for an NBA game since December 2018.”I want to see him get back to that level where I know he can be, especially since my game has grown so much [while he’s been out],” Beal said. “What can we accomplish together? I’m so happy he’s healthy, working his tail off.”Prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing commissioner Adam Silver to suspend the season, Beal was averaging a career-high 30.5 points per game, second in the league to only Rockets star James Harden (34.4). Beal can operate both on and off the ball, and it’s not difficult to imagine him finding cleaner looks at the basket if he’s surrounded by better players. A Beal-Durant-Irving trio would be a nightmare to defend.MORE: The Wizards sold Bradley Beal on a vision, but it’s already looking blurryThe biggest issue isn’t necessarily how Beal would blend with Brooklyn, though — it’s how the Nets could construct a deal to push the Wizards off their stance of keeping Beal in place. Future first-round picks would likely be involved, plus players like Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert. Is that enticing enough for the Wizards? Would that leave the Nets too thin at certain positions? Which outside trade suitors could crash the party? (Fire up those Photoshop jerseys, internet folks.)Beal has previously said he would like to retire a Wizard and noted he “kinda hates” super teams. Perhaps he is truly a different kind of player, one comfortable riding it out with a single franchise. But we’ve seen feelings change when losses pile up. Washington isn’t on track to be a contender anytime soon, and Brooklyn could be a force in the Eastern Conference as soon as next season.If the Wizards want to avoid a Davis situation, the front office must prove it can construct a competitive roster around Beal. Otherwise those rumors are never going to disappear.last_img read more

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