UMass Boston student Nicholas McCaskill has spent much of the last few years fighting for transgender rights, but they didn’t expect those efforts to lead to a trip to the White House.
On November 17, McCaskill joined fellow members of the trans community for a briefing at the White House. Representatives from the administration recapped the many policies that President Obama pushed for while in office, including allowing trans people to serve in the military, and providing more protections for LGBTQ youth in public schools. McCaskill was especially excited to see Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, the first openly transgender person to serve as the White House’s LGBT liaison. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch also addressed the gathering.
“It was very affirming,” said McCaskill. “It’s rare for politicians to speak out.”
McCaskill has been active in the transgender community in Boston in many different ways, including work with the Mass Trans Political Coalition. McCaskill is majoring in biology on a pre-med track, and hopes to help the trans community access and understand healthcare options.
“My main goal is to provide the community with resources,” said McCaskill. “I am a gender nonconforming person of color, and I didn’t have those resources at age 19.”