Wendy Ormiston and her senior classmates at a small liberal arts college asked the school's president to invite transgender author Leslie Feinberg to deliver their commencement address. They were shocked and angry when that request was denied because the administration considered Feinberg's message in appropriate for a commencement speech. In this article, Ormiston relates how she joined with other classmates to protest the president's decision and take action to bring Feinberg to campus to speak at their commencement. Ormiston weaves her story of activism and coalition-building around the particular issues of gender theory and transgender activism that she learned from Feinberg's book Stone Butch Blues, which had been assigned in one of her courses. In this way she connects her own struggle with the larger themes of gender bias and equity.

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