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By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
YPSILANTI – According to the Jan. 23 edition of the Eastern Echo, the Student Affairs Committee of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents has approved a position paper urging that gender identity and expression be added to the university’s non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity policies.
According to the Echo report, “Kalamazoo College, Ohio State and the University of Illinois have amended their policies to include gender identity and expression.” Activists at the University of Michigan have been unsuccessful so far in their long-time campaign to have UofM’s Board of Regents add gender identity and expression to that school’s non-discrimination policy.
“You cannot underestimate the important of having a policy,” said Rachel Crandall, MSW, executive director of TransGender Michigan. “Without it people will really not be free to be themselves, so we are happy that EMU is joining the others who are fighting for this.”
According to the Echo report, more information about the proposed change will be presented to the regents at their next meeting on March 21.