LGBTQ students at Spelman called ‘freaks,’ targeted with hateful notes

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The president of the LGBTQ student group at Spelman College and her transgender partner were targeted with hateful anti-trans notes calling them “freaks” and telling them they aren't wanted on the campus of the Atlanta women's college.

The first note was slipped under the dorm room door of Amber Warren (top image) on April 2. Warren, a senior, is president of Afrekete, the school's LGBTQ organization. About two weeks later, on April 22, a second transphobic note was left under the door of Warren's partner, who is transgender.

One of the handwritten notes said, “Keep your tranny out of our bathrooms. Thanks!” The other read, “We don't want you. Fuck you freaks!” That note also had “Keep Spelman Safe” and “no queers” scrawled on it.

The notes came ahead of Spelman's Pride week, which included the Queer Prom, drag show, open mic night and panel discussion.

Warren told 11Alive that the notes were deeply troubling.

“I’m just hurt because I feel like I worked so hard to create safe spaces for everybody,” she said. “Even though I did all this work, it’s not about individuals, it’s really about unity.”

Warren said the notes show that Spelman still has work to do as it prepares to formally expand its admissions policies to accept transgender women for the 2018-19 academic year. The school became the second historically black women's college to embrace transgender female students when it announced the policy in November.

“I feel like it is going to be reactionary, it is not going to be proactive,” Warren told 11Alive of the policy change and the school's implementation of it.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Afrekete said the notes left LGBTA students “fearful for queer bodies on this campus and the many transwomen who are coming here with big ambitions and a false belief of finding a safe space here.”

In 2014, vandals littered sidewalks at Spelman and Morehouse with anti-gay slurs as the two colleges prepared to celebrate Pride.



Top image courtesy 11Alive


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