Commitment to Transgender Rights

          A message from Interim President, Michael J. Hannan

          Dear Colleagues and Students,

          You may have noticed the Trans Respect image on the University’s homepage rotator as we as a community recognize national Transgender Awareness Week. Please also view Edinboro’s commitment to transgender rights. We join today, throughout this week, and into the future to support the LGBTQIA+ community, recognizing the accomplishments that have been made thus far, but which are always under threat. 

          Here at Edinboro, we strive to be an inclusive community that appreciates and respects all persons. These are not just words. They must be reflected in shows of support that allow all members of our community to feel welcome, safe and included.

          You no doubt have seen these words from Pastor Martin Niemöller, the late German theologian and Lutheran pastor best known for his opposition to the Nazi regime during the 1930s. I repeat them here as a reminder to all of us.

          “First they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a socialist.

          “Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

          “Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

          “Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”

          Let us speak out and hold each other up. Our community is far richer because of our differences.


          Michael Hannan

          Interim President

          Effective Trans Ally