Friday, May 27, 2016

[513] MTSU alumna shares gender identity transition story on ‘MTSU On the Record’

MURFREESBORO — The timely topic of transgender rights is the focus of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with MTSU alumna Morgan Hunlen will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 30, and from 8 to 8 a.m. Sunday, June 5, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Hunlen, who graduated May 7, 2016, with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace, was born male and began her transition to becoming a woman while still an MTSU student.

In the interview, Hunlen offers her reaction to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s May 9 announcement to challenge a North Carolina law that requires people to use public restrooms on the basis of their sex at birth.

“This is a case that is now going to have national implications for all the bathroom laws … across the nation,” said Hunlen. “I feel like a victory, at this stage, could pave the way for more trans-inclusive policies to come down the pipeline, either from Congress or from our courts.”

Hunlen also discusses the impact of the gay rights movement on transgender rights and her own personal gender identity journey.

Another member of the MTSU community, history professor Marisa Richmond, was confirmed as a member of the Metro Human Rights Commission by a unanimous voice vote May 19. Richmond, who is transgender, was appointed by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and became the first transgender person in the state named to a local government board or commission, according to the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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