This opinion piece is written by V Varun Chaudhry, a scholar-in-residence at the Leeway Foundation, an anthropology PhD candidate at Northwestern University, and a predoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon.
November 4, 2018 | V Varun Chaudhry, For the Inquirer (Philadelphia Daily News)
“I arrived at the Leeway Foundation office in Center City Philadelphia in the summer of 2016 at age 24. I’m a South Asian trans-identified scholar-in-training and I was looking for a site to conduct my dissertation research.
“At that point, all I had were research questions about how organizations, specifically foundations and philanthropic entities, support and fund trans and gender-nonconforming people. In every other workspace environment I had ever been in, I served as the de facto brown trans spokesperson amongst coworkers who were predominantly white and cisgender — that is, those who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.”