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Local Student Discusses Transgender Experience

On May 4, the Cushing community welcomed AJ, a local student who spoke about what it means – and what it’s like – to be transgender. From the use of new pronouns to appearance changes, gender expression, and uncomfortable questions he’s been asked over the years, AJ spoke candidly about his own experience. “Gender transitioning isn’t just about me – it’s about everyone who knows me. And my goal speaking out is to make it easier for others who come after me.” Noting that gender isn’t black and white, but who you feel you are, AJ urged students and faculty alike to approach others with an open mind. “If you spread what you know to one person, it will really change the world.” He received an enthusiastic ovaation and followed up with a Q&A session a lunch. 

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.