from the editor ast semester GLBT-SA members were extremely /busy bringing a number of special events to campus for the community to take part in — Coming Out Week, Transgender Awareness Week and, of course, the popular drag show held in Memorial Hall. The upcoming semester, however, will prove to be equally exciting for the local LGBTIQ community. With new leadership guiding the GLBT-SA, be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming speakers and events guaranteed to make the University a more affirming, more intune commu nity to some of today’s most pressing LGBTIQ issues. For example, we are privileged to have Judy Shephard, mother of Matthew Shephard, coming to campus on Jan. 30, to discuss ways to make society a safer place for the LGBTIQ community. As for this most recent issue of LAMBDA, staff members have worked for the past couple of months to look at intersections between sexuality and gender, espe cially in relation to the transgender community. Whether it is looking at the negative effects of using sexist language or examining some of the legal challenges faced by the transgendered, this edition of LAMBDA will perhaps shed light on some of the often marginalized issues affecting the community. As we enter the new semester, again, I want to encourage members of the community and their allies to get involved with GLBT-SA or to participate in its scheduled events. After all, change only comes through action. I also want to wish everyone a happy New Year. Who knows what 2007 will bring for the LGBTIQ community, but I look forward to it with great optimism. Cheers, Thomas Cluderay cluderay@emaiLunc.edu Mission LAMBDA IS UNC-Chapel Hill’s Lesbian-, Gay-, Bisexual-, Tran.sc;ender-, Intersex- and Queer-aeeirminc; publication, PROVIDINC; A PROORESSIVE OUTLET FOR NEWS, ANALYSIS, OPINION AND DIALOOUE. As SUCH, WE ARE INHERENTl.Y COMMITTED TO A FEMINIST, ANTI-RAC:iST AND HISTORICALLY CONSCIOUS PERSPECTIVE IN PURSUIT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE LOR ALL PEOPLE. lambdA Box 39 Carolina Union, CB# 5210 Chapel Hill, NC 27514 lambda@uncedu Office; FPG Student Union 3512D (919) 962-3191 • www.uncedu/ glbtsa/lambda Team Thomas Cluderay Hditorin Chief 1 Win Chesson Managing Editor f 1 Eric ^'^elarde Photo Editor f Teddy Kirby Business Manager Erin Black Contributors Kimberly Fisher Allison Harrison i i Krista Howell Robin Macklin Meghan Morris Stephanie No\Tik David Peterson i 1 Travis Starkey Robert WeUs 1 Anonymious 1 1 Robert WeUs Graphics 1 1 LAMBDA is a project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender - Straight Alliance This publication is funded at least in part by student fees, which were appropriated and dispensed by the Student Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- LAMBDA is printed in Benson, N.C., by Benson News Printing.