The following are some examples of biographies used by participants in past ceremonies. Feel free to model yours after one (or more) of these, or make something uniquely you.
Brandon Scott Rumsey is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and interdisciplinary collaborator.2 His graduate work at UT follows the completion of subsidiary course work at Lane Community College and the completion of a bachelor’s degree in composition from University of Oregon where he studied composition with Matthew Svoboda, David Crumb, and Robert Kyr. Beginning in the fall of 2014, he will begin a doctor of musical arts degree in composition at the University of Michigan.
Kora is a white, Irish/Scottish-Chicana transwoman born and raised in Texas. An uber-ultra-super-senior (a.k.a. a 6th year senior with another semester to go) at UT, she plans to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. As a 6th year student Kora has been involved with a number of organizations on campus: TRANS*action, Queer People of Color and Allies, the Feminist Action Project, Queer Chorus, and the Student Leadership Committee. A firm believer in the power of art/written works/performance to bring about social change Kora has participated in a production of “The Vagina Monologues,” has been a facilitator for the Peers for Pride program for the past three years, has had her poetry published in the “#Musings of a Lonely Feminist” zine, and her slash fanfiction published online (feel free to ask her about it…winky-face). Currently, Kora works as a student staffer at the Gender and Sexuality Center.
Karen Landolt came out in March of 1994 and graduated in May 1994. There was almost no support for Queer students back then and it will be such a joy to celebrate with everyone in such an open and positive environment today.
Despite being an English major at UT for six years, Ashley is not very good at writing a bio about herself.
Lauren is a comic enthusiast and ferret fan from Austin, Texas. She will be graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English Honors and Art History. During her time at the university, she founded and was president for Gamma Rho Lambda (UT’s very first LBGTQIA+ sorority) and performed research with Junior Fellows. She interned for Queer People of Color and Allies, the Blanton Museum of Art, Texas Exes, the University Writing Center, and the English department. She wrote for the Daily Texan and The Feminine Inquiry. Additionally, she has recently completed her honors thesis on alternate realities in children’s literature. Post graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in English literature and continue being stronger and gayer than ever!