Posted on Feb 26, 2019
oSTEM's D&I team celebrates the many faces whose identities intersect within underserved communities of LGBTQ people in STEM. In this video, we introduce you to AJ Bryant (he/him), a sophomore at Penn State with plans to become a doctor who treats transgender patients. AJ is a half black, half Puerto Rican who grew up being bussed out of the Boston intercity to an all-white school in the suburbs. As a result, AJ knows what it feels like to never quite feel a part of communities around him. The first transgender powerlifter at Penn State, AJ attributes much of his confidence to finding a team that welcomes him and a dad who always calls him “son”. A February 2019 ban by the USAPL left AJ reeling. Watch his response to the ban and hear how important support has been to his ability to continue embracing his identity.