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Grand Opening of “A Softer, Safer Place,” Jai’s Library at CSU Bakersfield

Jai’s Library, a resource that will offer a supply of trans awareness and support books accessible to those who wish to better understand gender expression and experiences, will officially open in the Multi-Cultural Alliance and Gender Equity Center (MAGEC) at CSU Bakersfield on Friday, Nov. 16, at 12:15 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by CSUB’s Club GEN (Gender Equality Now) and the Bakersfield AIDS Project and is funded through a donation from Finding Jai Bornstein.

Club GEN vice-president Brianna Santaella emphasized the importance of Jai’s Library for supporting the trans* community.  “Now, more than ever, in a national climate often hostile to those who are gender nonconforming, we need a place to be educated about gender diversity and to feel supported,” Santaella said.

Jai’s Library is named in honor of former CSUB student Jai Bornstein, a Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies (CAFS) major and member of Club GEN who died in December 2016. The grand opening of “A Softer, Safer Place” is a celebration of Jai’s legacy and the progress toward creating a softer, safer world that supports transgender individuals.

Club GEN aims to bring awareness and educate others about social inequalities that result from sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, and ethnocentrism, and to promote activism and empowerment to those who have been oppressed. The Club promotes equality for all and addresses social injustice with an intersectional framework, advocating for issues that include---but are not limited to---reproductive health, LGBTQ+ inclusion, racial discrimination, and sexual assault. Club GEN is a CSUB student-led organization open to all CSUB students.

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