October 28, 2013
I have a new website!

Hey everyone,

Thanks to a dear friend I now have a website: reinagossett.com

I’ll continue to post on my blog but the website will host more of my longer writing, videos and collaborations!

reina

October 7, 2013

This past weekend I presented at the Queer Dreams Non Profit Blues conference here in NYC with many amazing & brilliant activists and community organizers trying to think thru this current political landscape and dream together about how to continue to move in the ways we desire. 

Below is the link for the audio from the our panel, which starts a few minutes in with Imani offering opening remarks!

This past weekend I presented at the Queer Dreams Non Profit Blues conference here in NYC with many amazing & brilliant activists and community organizers trying to think thru this current political landscape and dream together about how to continue to move in the ways we desire. 

Below is the audio from the our panel, which starts a few minutes in with Imani offering opening remarks.

https://echo.law.columbia.edu:8443/ess/echo/presentation/98bfc661-2bbb-473e-ad12-a4b775e9153c/media.mp3

October 4, 2013
Queer Dreams and Nonprofit Blues: Dilemmas of the Nonprofit Tradition in LGBT Politics

I’ll be joining a long list of brilliant people speaking at this two day conference, including my SRLP co-workers & members Elana Redfield, Gabriel Foster, Dean Spade my Captive Genders friend Eric A Stanley and my sibling Che Gossett!  

The event is free to attend, if you’re in the area check it out!

September 30, 2013
Since we are getting rid of homophobic thangs, lets throw out this one too!
less worried about homophobic pasta, more worried about our largest predators: the cops downstairs, prisons, the military, boarders, jails, detention centers, pharm companies, the list goes on.

Since we are getting rid of homophobic thangs, lets throw out this one too!

less worried about homophobic pasta, more worried about our largest predators: the cops downstairs, prisons, the military, boarders, jails, detention centers, pharm companies, the list goes on.

September 27, 2013
I had an amazing time talking with Kye Allums, Laverne Cox & Tiq Milan on GLAAD’s Growing Visibility panel this past week for the New Organizing Institute Trans Narrative Training. 
That brilliant trans people of color comprised the entirety of the panel felt important -so often our visibility comes with the price of our agency and ownership both within the media and within our movements.  But our power in the room on Wednesday night was deeply palpable and reminded me of how liberation is a collective process, one which we all our stories and lives depend on and all our stories and lives help to grow.

I had an amazing time talking with Kye Allums, Laverne Cox & Tiq Milan on GLAAD’s Growing Visibility panel this past week for the New Organizing Institute Trans Narrative Training. 

That brilliant trans people of color comprised the entirety of the panel felt important -so often our visibility comes with the price of our agency and ownership both within the media and within our movements.  But our power in the room on Wednesday night was deeply palpable and reminded me of how liberation is a collective process, one which we all our stories and lives depend on and all our stories and lives help to grow.

September 17, 2013

cannot wait to hold this brilliant work and read it!!

janetmock:

Wow! The cover of my book Redefining Realness, available for pre-order now. Here’s 7 easy ways you can support my baby!

1. Pre-order your copy on AmazonB&N or iBooks. Pre-order sales are vital to a first-time author like me. It shows my publisher and major booksellers that there are readers who believe in Redefining Realness (the first popular press-backed books about the experiences of a young trans woman of color) and its empowering message of authenticity, self-determination and love.

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September 10, 2013
We don’t need no trans cops rolling down the worlds blocks

Lets Make the Violence Stop!

I usually don’t read comments on buzzfeed but my friend Dean’s interview was on it and I wanted to check out the brilliant insights he’s interview inspired.  Here’s some of my thoughts about the push back the interview got.

When a handful of white trans women with access to billions of dollars try to make trans ppl -who’ll be POC & poor- weapons of war I realize anything possible.

Except for these white trans women to realize that actually the most pressing needs for our community is getting *out* of deadly institutions like prisons, police, jail, detention centers, bad homeless shelters, forced hospitalizations, as well as access to healthcare, meaningful employment, homes.

Trans people, and I’m talking about my sisters and siblings, are already in extremely dangerous job situations why on earth would we need another one? Why on earth would we want to join the forces of colonialism and conquest at home and abroad?

As Kenyon said in his 2011 huffpost piece  A Military Job Is Not Economic Justice

Yes, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a victory — of sorts — significant when it comes to moving towards eliminating discrimination and advancing equality for LGBT individuals. But military service is not economic justice, and it is immoral that the military is the nation’s de facto jobs program for young, poor, Black and working-class people.

Even while we may applaud the repeal of a discriminatory policy, we have to be clear: militarism and war profiteering do not serve the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, or poor people, or people of color…

Furthermore there are poor people as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people beyond U.S. shores, who have been killed, traumatized, or disabled as a direct result of recent US-led wars or who have become vulnerable targets to backlashes to US policies and actions.

Yes “our gays” should have the “right” to serve openly in the military rather than labor under discriminatory rules — but we stand in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the globe. We do not condone violence against them or their home countries. We support real economic justice.


I don’t want to be a force of military violence against other poor people of color who are trans, I want liberation. So I say no to this outrageous campaign and I hope you’ll join me in the movement for a trans liberation that is inextricably linked to ending all other forms of oppression!

September 10, 2013
A MILITARY JOB AINT ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND ITS NOT TRANS JUSTICE EITHER Y'ALL

There’s a brilliant legacy of trans war resisters fighting the US Military Industrial Complex and it’s deadly consequences for poor people of color outside of the US.  Dean’s interview here continues it brilliantly! 

September 10, 2013
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Even while we may applaud the repeal of a discriminatory policy, we have to be clear: militarism and war profiteering do not serve the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, or poor people, or people of color.

This is not just a progressive “chestnut” or sloganeering — it is hard fact. Consider a few facts:

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans reports that about one-third of all homeless people in the US are veterans, but about 1.5 million more veterans are at risk of homelessness “due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.” They also report that 56% of homeless veterans are Black or Latino.

Other studies show that one in four veterans becomes disabled as a result of physical violence or emotional trauma of war. There are currently 30,000 disabled veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By all record of delivery of medical, psychological care, and work rehabilitation by the US military or government has been dismal.

Rape and sexual violence are very common occurrences for women in the military. The ACLU is currently suing the Pentagon to get the real numbers on reported incidences. Women enrolled in the military are overwhelming drawn from the ranks of our county’s poor and working class. You do the math.

Half of the US budget in 2009 was made up of military spending, including current expenditures, and the portion of the national debt caused by military costs, according to the War Resisters’ League. That is more than the US spent on Health & Human Services, Social Security Administration, Housing and Urban Development and the Department Education combined.

Wouldn’t more social safety net spending and a real jobs program help the millions of young people who can barely make ends meet?

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— from A MILITARY JOB IS NOT ECONOMIC JUSTICE by the brilliant Kenyon Farrow

September 9, 2013
Chris Quinn Where Did You Go Wrong?

photo of quinn with sylvia rivera at a protest at city hall, taken by rusty moore.