CSUB dedicating new trans awareness resource library to former student Jai Bornstein

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Cal State Bakersfield is dedicating a section of its Multi-Cultural Alliance and Gender Equity Center to former transgender student Jai Bornstein.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. The library will offer resources on trans awareness and support books for those who want to better understand gender expression and experiences, according to CSUB.Bornstein was 19 years old when she disappeared and was later was found dead in Hart Park in December 2016. The coroner says she died of suicide.She was a Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies (CAFS) major and member of Club GEN. Club GEN 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.Family and friends say Bornstein fought to raise awareness and acceptance of others who felt like outsiders.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,” said Club GEN vice-president Brianna Santaella . Jai’s Library is hosting its grand opening on Friday, Nov. 16 at 12:15 p.m.

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