By Tess Goldwasser
What is your role within the GLBTRT?
I am on the Resources Committee and am currently compiling an annotated bibliography of media relating to non-binary gender identities.
What professional work do you perform?
I’m a Research & Instruction Librarian at Haverford College, supporting the anthropology, education, psychology, and sociology departments. I get to help guide very bright students to develop thesis topics and perform library and field research.
What do you want to tell us about your personal life?
I am working on two long-term ethnographic research projects: the first is an investigation of the culture of bigfoot witness and enthusiast communities in the Northwest; and the second explores queer and transgender menarche experiences.
What is your passion?
I have a few. Social justice, access to marginalized knowledge, universal design, and kittens.
What are you most proud of, professionally and/or personally?
“Pride” is a strange concept. I’m very pleased about a lot of things, but I could not have done them without a lot of help. For example, I’m proud of the fieldwork I have done, but I had an amazing theoretical foundation from professors and colleagues and incredibly giving and collaborative research participants.
What are your goals?
Personally, I want to perfect a vegan and gluten-free banana bread recipe. Professionally, I want to publish a series of articles on my bigfoot research; collaborate on a best-practices document for trans-inclusive sex education; and create a thesis research workshop. In the long-term, my main goal is to continue growing and learning and collaborating with awesome people.
If you were an animal, what animal would you be, and why?
Probably a corvid of some type, because I like games and collecting shiny things.
If you could have a dinner party with 5 culturally or historically significant figures, living or dead, who would you choose to invite?
Frida Kahlo, Gloria Anzaldua, Augusto Boal, Paolo Freire, and Victor Turner. We would have a blast discussing the intersections of social justice, play, theater, art, and education.