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Chicago philanthropist Jennifer Pritzker, the first publicly-identified transgender billionaire, has endowed a position at a Canadian university to study transgender issues. Pritzker, a member of the wealthy Hyatt-owning Pritzker family, donated $2 million to the University of Victoria in British Columbia to establish a chair of transgender studies, with sociology professor Aaron Devor, who established the university’s Transgender Archives, named as the inaugural holder of the position.
“Far too many trans and gender-nonconforming people still live in poverty and fear,” Devor said in a statement. “As the inaugural chair, I will act as a resource locally and internationally for those needing information for their own research or for policy development, as well as building linkages between community-based and academic scholars working in transgender studies.”
Pritzker is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who came out as transgender in 2013 and has previously donated to both transgender and military causes.
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