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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Transgender woman questions labels

News Writer

Katherine McIntyre gave a presentation on the hardship she faced while transitioning from living as a man to living as a woman, Tuesday night at Zoellner Arts Center.The event was a part of Lehigh’s V-Week, a week long series of events leading up to this weekend’s production of “The Vagina Monologues”, organized by Lehigh students Alexandra Milspaw, ’07, and Christina Diggs, ’07.The program is designed to raise awareness about violence, whether sexual or domestic, against women, Milspaw said.The proceeds of V-Week will also go toward Crime Victims Council and Turning Point, two organizations that provide services to women in the area, as well as to Iraqi women.McIntyre said as a result of constantly restricted emotions and growing instability, she became very aggressive and developed very abusive personality traits. McIntyre described how, for almost 20 years, she went from drinking excessively to doing hard drugs, sacrificing her job and marriage in the process. All the while, something always seemed like it was missing, McIntyre said.Kate Cartmell, a transgender woman, and Jan Davis, a lesbian, who are friends of McIntyre, spoke about the difficulty of growing up feeling as if something wasn’t quite right all along.


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