The Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity held a Gender Product Library Showcase at the Student Resource Building on April 24 as part of its annual Trans Week of Visibility from April 22-26, with 20 students attending the event. 

The collection currently does not have a permanent display space but can be viewed via appointment in Health Equity Advocate Buster Buchanan’s office. Michelle Cisneros / Daily Nexus.

This year marks the fifth year of the annual week of events, which was spurred by the center’s desire to expand resources for trans people on campus. 

As an extension of the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (RCSGD) Gender Product Library (GPL), participants observed gender-affirming products like binders laid out on a table. Attendees were encouraged to ask RCSGD staff questions about the products from 12-1 p.m., followed by an open house from 1-4 p.m. 

The GPL was created in the summer of 2023 via funding from Associated Students (A.S.) Trans and & Queer Commission. It was officially opened to the public in the fall of the same year, featuring products for binding, tucking, packing, breasts, shapewear, makeup, wigs, sex toys and medical purposes. 

The collection currently does not have a permanent display space but can be viewed via appointment in Health Equity Advocate Buster Buchanan’s office. 

Buchanan explained that many of the products are only available online but those interested can consult him in person about the products before making a purchase.

“They will meet with me in my office and we’ll go through them and I can talk through the brands and explain the pros and cons that can help them assess what the best option for them would be,” Buchanan said. 

The showcase was an opportunity for community members to view the GPL’s collection without an appointment. 

“It is our hope that hosting a showcase/pop-up viewing opportunity would allow a larger group of people to access and learn from this resource! The goal of this event is to expand knowledge on gender-affirming products, not only for members of the trans* community but also for allies and support people who may interact with individuals who use or want to use gender-affirming products,” Buchanan said in an email statement.

RCSGD staff members including Buchanan were available to answer questions and provide demonstrations. 

Director of LGBT Resources at RCSGD Quinn Rioz discussed the importance of Trans Week of Visibility. 

“The RCSGD wanted to expand the day into a week because historically LGBTQ centers and queer spaces, in general, have excluded trans people especially those who fall on the intersection of other marginalized communities (undocutrans, black trans women, trans people with disabilities for example),” Rioz said in an email statement to the Nexus.

“We hope this week creates momentum for other UCSB programs, departments, and student organizations to ask within their own spaces if trans students, faculty, and staff are represented and have a voice,” they continued. 

A version of this article appeared on p. _ of the May 2, 2024 print edition of the Daily Nexus.