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Transgender Day of Remembrance

By Amanda Cole | November 23, 2020

Every day is an opportunity to stop violence against transgender people. Guest Blogger Erica Pelz (she/her) I was asked to speak at the Kent State University observance of Transgender Day of  Remembrance, November 20, 2020.  For those who are not familiar, this is the day when we memorialize the transgender and gender non-conforming people who…

OverDrive Staff LGBTQ+ Suggested Reading List

By | October 16, 2020

We invited Rachel Kray from Overdrive to our Plexus Pour Over on October 16th to share some reading suggestions for LGBTQ History Month. This list is not intended to be comprehensive. There are thousands of other fantastic LGBTQ titles. Our goal is to present a collection of accessible, modern, readable, and relatable titles. Our hope…


By Amanda Cole | August 3, 2020

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion The mission of Plexus is economic inclusion and, therefore, we recognize the tremendous costs of institutional discrimination, particularly to communities of color and the African-American and Black community. While violence and discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals continue, we cannot deny that within our community, there still exists disparity and racism. As…