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Letter to the Editor: A School That Doesn’t Love Me and People Who Do

Carlene Coombs
Protestors hold hearts towards transgender youth sitting on the steps of the Utah State Capitol on March 24, 2022. (Photo by Carlene Coombs | The Daily Utah Chronicle)


When I chose to transfer to the University of Utah after spending my freshman year at Utah State, I felt overwhelmingly confident about my decision. Prior to becoming a student, I received gender-affirming healthcare via the U. Still a minor at the time, I got testosterone prescribed through the associated children’s hospital. three years later, at 18, I got top surgery at the University hospital, with a fantastic team and an even more fantastic surgeon. I felt safe, I felt cared for, I felt loved.

I thought that care would extend to the school itself, and thus, I made the decision to transfer and continue my art degree at the U. It’s heartbreaking to understand now, three years and tens of thousands of tuition dollars later, that that is not the case. The U administration has shown me that they will not fight for me, they will not protect me. I love my transgender peers. They love me. But the school does not love us. I say this, not as a condemnation of the U, but as a cry for help. Trans people are dying, and we need help more than ever. I love this school, I only wish it would love me back.


-U student Lucas Bogdan

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About the Contributor
Carlene Coombs, News Editor
Carlene Coombs is a senior at the University of Utah graduating spring 2023 and is studying communications with an emphasis in journalism. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, thrift shopping and making Spotify playlists.

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    DerekNov 13, 2023 at 9:24 am

    How very vague. Do you care about anything other than yourself and your sexual identity?

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      CoraNov 13, 2023 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Derek. I’m unsure what the point of this comment is other than to invalidate and deny Lucas’s lived experience. You may share a different belief, but we are all human beings who deserve to be safe, seen, heard, and loved (you included). This letter is neither vague nor self-centered – it’s someone’s very real story expressing pain, grief, and fear. It deserves to be heard. Transgender folks are people, and denying their lived realities does nothing but create more harm. Please be more mindful in the types of online discourse you share – it matters.

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        DerekNov 14, 2023 at 8:49 am

        That’s funny because I was unsure what the point of this letter was. Seeing as it is very vague with no detail.
        Also, don’t worry about it too much as we both can see no one else cares enough to comment.