Aggies Not Hospitable to Transgender Conference, So It's Coming to UH

The third annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit had been scheduled to take place at Texas A&M this summer, but organizers now say, "In the interest of safety for the participants" it will be moved to the University of Houston.

A conservative group on campus has been making much noise recently over gay-related activities.

"The climate at A&M for GLBT people has taken a big hit, and right now anything can fuel those fires," the group said in its announcement.

Organizer Josephine Tittsworth cited the A&M administration's muted reaction to the conservative protests for the move. "The lack of supportive responses from TAMU administration has been perceived as condoning a campus that is not affirming for members of the GLBT community," she said.

"The University of Houston has held the summit on campus before without any problems, so we anticipate the environment will again be appropriate to everyone regardless of their gender expression or sexual orientation," said Maria C. Gonzalez, a member of the Summit board.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in August.

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