yes honey, and i’m gonna burn your house down!
Giving my springtime warm weather gender dysphoria a run for its money with some transfabulous attire!
getting excited 4 the best art event of the year!
May 18th // Sylvia Rivera Law Project Collective // Judson Memorial
8th ANNUAL SMALL WORKS for BIG CHANGE!
Venue: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square S., NYC *Wheelchair accessible*
MC’d by Chanel International
Music by DJ Tikka Masala
Fabulous art (see list below)
Fantastic raffle prizes – 16GB Ipod Touch from Tekserve, a gift certificate for 10 joe coffee beverages, Amy Ray concert tickets & a $500 publicity package courtesy of Riot Grrrl Ink, event tickets from La Mama Experimental Theatre, and books from NYU Press!
more info here
This Friday I’ll be heading to Rutgers University for the Trans Politics: Scholarship & Strategies for Social Change conference.
I’ll be reading a new piece I am working on about trans hirstory, Marsha P Johnson (thats Randy Wicker’s poster above) and growing a culture of trans liberation. If you are in the area please join me! Some fabulous folks including Kim Watson, Jeanne Vaccaro, Ben Singer, Nora Butler-Burke & Dean Spade will be also be there!
More information about the conference is here
So excited about…
Life Chances: HIV Criminalization and Trans Politics
IN CONVERSATION WITH CHE GOSSETT, DEAN SPADE, AND SEAN STRUB
April 24th, 7PM, FREE! Don’t sleep on this one y’all!
more info here
Save The Date! I’ll be joining my Captive Genders editor Eric A Stanley & Ryan Conrad at Wesleyan on Friday April 26th to imagine queer and trans resistance to the prison industrial complex! If you are in town please join us, its free!
Getting ready to do some serious readin at the incarceration/abolition conference.
I love that trans women have, in recent years, really banded together online and in print to name our specific issues and advocate for ourselves. However, I’ve noticed a very conspicuous absence of sex workers’ voices among those finding/creating representation. Little analysis is given to sex work. Even those trans women who are actively involved that I know are sex workers, rarely seem to mention this.
One of the things I’ve come up against again and again in trans communities, both online and in person, is stigma around sex work. The only acceptable sex work is through “queer porn,” which lately has become overrun by people with University degrees and tumblr accounts wanting to “create representation” — a topic for a whole other day. People don’t want to talk about sex workers, particularly street sex workers, unless we’re talking about them/us as being dead, like when we talk about TDOR.
Most of the things the trans community has today were created by sex workers. In Canada, for example, the first multiservice trans project run by trans people was created by sex workers (specifically Mirha-Soleil Ross) after the murders of sex workers (Deanna Wilkinson, Shawna Jr Keegan, and Brenda Ludgate), which went on to, over the years, be the first to push for and successfully gain access to women’s shelters for trans women in this country. And, of course, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson, the patron saints of trans liberation struggles, from whose efforts were born the first trans radical activist organizations (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries).
Sex workers laid the foundations for not only all of transfeminist theory, but for a great deal of trans social services and arts culture, as well as for Anglophone queer culture generally. They created these positions, positions that they were forcibly and systematically pushed out of, replaced by a legion of mostly white trans men academics (and their cis femme partners — SIDE EYE like you have no idea).
Suffice it to say, I find it frustrating.