The Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI) Club at the University of Nevada, Reno, is accepting donations for the club’s new Gender Affirmation Cabinet. Since its inception in 2019, the GRI Club has created an environment in which students can explore, learn about, and voice issues around gender, race, and identity. The GRI Club welcomes and serves students from all communities, but has a particular focus on LGBTQIA+ issues. Indigo Hinojos, the club’s co-founder, says the Gender Affirmation Closet is dedicated to transgender, non-binary, gender queer, and any other student or faculty/staff member who is looking for clothing to express their identity.
“The purpose of the closet is to provide a free way that will allow students to be themselves without the fear of having to shop in a mall, if their family is watching their bank account or if they just got away from school. shelter. I haven’t been able to buy new clothes for a while for financial reasons,” says Hinojos.
Although the closet currently doesn’t have a permanent location, an inaugural pop-up event will take place on Wednesday, March 2. Donations are accepted until the end of February on campus at:
- GRI Department in the Thompson Building, Room 106
- Joe Crowley Student Union at the Multicultural Center on the third floor
“The gender affirmation closet will hopefully at some point have a permanent location on campus, but for now it will be a pop-up event comprised of clothing, accessories and other items that were donated by the Reno campus and community.”
The GRI Club is asking for donations of gently used clothing. They particularly need masculine and gendered clothing. Accessories of all kinds are great gifts, including jewelry, shoes, bags, or wallets. If you donate jewelry, make sure the earrings have never been worn or are properly sanitized. New items include cosmetics, such as makeup and hair products. Other items to give away include gift cards for salons and barbers accepting all gender identities and financial donations to purchase binders, packers and other gender-affirming products.
“Access to gender expression and transitioning is essential for queer, trans and non-binary people, but clothing and beauty products cost money, and LGBTQ+ people are disproportionately poor due to discrimination continues at work, in housing and in our families”, President of the Department of Gender, Race and Identity and Associate Professor Emily Hobson said. “The Gender Affirmation Closet project is a wonderful way to provide support to students and build mutual support and community at NUR.