Confronting the ‘Cis’ in ‘Classicist’

Confronting the ‘Cis’ in ‘Classicist’: Advocating for a More Gender-Inclusive Discipline
By Y. James Aykit

My journey in Classical Studies was sparked by homophobia. I was two weeks into my freshman year of high school when I confronted my Spanish teacher for having an anti-LGBTQ poster in his classroom. It was an incredibly bold move that had major—but not punitive—consequences: namely, transferring into Latin class…