GLSEN Connecticut's Student Organizing Blog
Hey, everyone! I’m Calliope Wong. Some of you might recognize my name from my Tumblr campaign for transwoman inclusion at Smith College. I’m also a SOCO (Students of Color Organizing) Student Leader for GLSEN Connecticut. When I’m not blogging, speaking at events, or attending conferences for SOCO, I spend my time writing fiction and personal blogs, reading, improv piano-playing, and painting. I am unabashedly in love with classic anime such as Berserk and Evangelion; I love the Teen Titans more than chocolate itself. Now you can rest assured that I’m a real person behind this text.
As for my involvement with SOCO, I initially joined the team because, as a third-wave feminist, I felt I should put myself to work for equality and fair treatment for all people. As a Chinese-American pansexual transwoman myself, I understand the many different struggles that LGBTQA students of color face, both from their own cultural communities as well as from society at large. I want to better conditions for LGBTQA students of color through educating others and sharing my experiences.
I can honestly say that the SOCO team has helped me grow both as a person and as an activist. Whereas before, I was reluctant to speak up about the wrongs I faced, I’m now able to act and help make the changes I wish to see in the world. In the past month, I gave two workshops with my fellow SOCO team members at GLSEN Connecticut’s 2nd Annual Safe Schools Summit on "Transgender 101" topics and the systems of oppression that affect transgender youth of color.
The SOCO Team is an amazing group of student activists fighting for change, and I’m glad to be a part of the team. I hope that together, with your help as readers and contributors to this blog, we can create a better world for all LGBTQA youth.