Scholar Class – 2011
Cameron McGinn was born and raised in central New Jersey and from an early age he developed a passion for social justice issues. Upon coming out in college Cameron dedicated his career at the George Washington University to fighting for LGBT rights on campus. Seeing how few queer women were involved in LGBT activities on campus, Cameron founded the Association of Queer Women and Allies (AQWA). AQWA provided a safe space for queer women to come together and discuss issues important to them. As the group's president, Cameron produced events that included a queer women’s health forum, movie screenings and guest speakers. The presence of queer women on campus increased substantially, both in LGBT student groups and in the GW community at large.
Cameron also fought for transgender rights on campus. He lived in the first gender neutral housing option at GW and pushed for a university-wide gender neutral housing option, which the university will implement in the fall. He also advocated for the inclusion of “gender identity or expression” into GW’s non-discrimination policy, which the university adopted in 2009. In addition,Cameron was an intern with the Victory Fund, an organization that helps LGBT political figures run for office.
Cameron graduated from the George Washington University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the University Honors Program. he double majored in Sociology and Women’s Studies and traveled to Amsterdam for a semester to study sexuality and gender. He won two awards from the Women's Studies Department at graduation: the Outstanding Undergraduate Major Award and the Undergraduate Feminist Scholarship Award.
Cameron hopes to practice international human rights law and work in public service. His focus will be on women’s rights and LGBT rights both domestically and abroad.