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Rally in support of Jessica Dempsey calls for end to transphobia at Dalhousie University

by Alanah Correia

Jessica Dempsey, a transgender Dalhousie student, at the rally.  Photo Alanah  Correia
A dance performance was part of the rally.  Photo Alanah Correia
More of the performance piece.  Photo Alanah Correia
Photo Alanah Correia.
Many people spoke at the Justice for Jessica rally.  Photo Alanah Correia
Photo Alanah Correia
Photo Alanah Correia
Photo Alanah Correia
Photo Alanah Correia
Photo Alanah Correia
Photo Alanah Correia

A rally at Dalhousie University on November 7th called for accountability in the case of Jessica Dempsey. Dempsey is a Dalhousie student who feels abandoned by the university administration after she suffered discrimination because she is transgender.

Dempsey says that cafeteria staff at the university continues to treat her in a discriminatory manner, even after staff received sensitivity training as a result of an earlier incident.

“When I decided to go public, I was following my heart,” Dempsey told the crowd of students, staff and non-university sympathizers.

“I’m not going to hide anymore. I’ve decided to take a very public stance for myself and for others, like me, who are not being heard. It took me a long time not to be ashamed of who I am.”

 

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