Reina anticipates. Some might say she has trouble waiting. Others claim she just wants to trouble waiting. Reina lives in Fort Greene, loves both Fort Greene cemetery & Fort Greene Park, and recently realized these two are one in the same. And that neither one was built as reparations for the Middle Passage…yet. Reina anticipates. twitter: @reinagossett
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We are writing to let you know of a community member who needs support after going through a major health crisis. Many of you know Egyptt, a long time activist and advocate for low income, trans communities of color.
Egyptt was formerly co-coordinator of Trans Justice at the Audre Lorde Project. Prior to her work at ALP she was a crucial member of the Queers for Economic Justice Welfare Warriors group where she lead the way fighting transphobia within New York City’s welfare agency: the Human Resources Administration. Because of Egyptt’s work NYC’s Human Resources Administration has adopted its first ever transgender non discrimination policy, which Egyptt helped implement through many trainings of New York City employees.
Additionally Egyptt has been a long time advocate at Housing Works advocating to have New York State pass the Gender Employment Non Discrimination Act (GENDA). She is also a brilliant performer, frequently showcasing her talent at the Housing Works fashion shows and many Trans Day of Remembrance events. Egyptt is now unemployed and has lost her apartment in Harlem.
We are turning to you, our community, to support Egyptt as she navigates this challenging moment. We want to raise 10,000 for Egyptt to get back some of what she has lost in the last few months. She needs resources to get back into housing, to replace lost possessions, and to cover outstanding healthcare costs.
With deep appreciation, Reina Gossett, Pooja Gehi, & Dean Spade
"Friends: that image saying that only people with a vagina should be able to express an opinion about women’s reproductive rights is really awful. Please don’t share it. It really aggressively locks trans women out of conversations or control over their own bodies and lives, as well as ciswomen cancer survivors who have undergone vaginectomy. I’m totally into messages that support the leadership of people who are most affected by gender oppression and I appreciate messages that acknowledge that some people who aren’t women (e.g. trans men) are directly impacted by misogyny—but this doesn’t really do these things. It reinforces transphobic and ableist hierarchies as well as the sexist idea that woman = vagina."
its incredible to see how many people reblog the Sylvia Rivera video and how many feel so strongly about her words!
someone recently reblogged the video with commentary and it made me realize that folks who haven’t been following my blog might not have seen the many Sylvia Rivera/STAR related work that i’ve posted over the past year. so i decided to repost the Sylvia Rivera Ten Year Memorial. please share if the spirit moves you!
The spirit was gone from her body Forever had always been inside That shell had always been intertwined And now were disintwined It’s hard to understand
I am pursued by questions of historical process, of historical responsibility, questions of historical consciousness & ignorance & what these have to do with power.
Historical amnesia is starvation of the imagination; nostalgia is the imagination’s sugar rush, leaving depression and emptiness in its wake.Breaking silences, telling our tales, is not enough.We can value that process –and the courage it may require –without believing that it is an end in itself.Historical responsibility has, after all, to do with action –where we place the weight of our existences on the line, cast our lot with others, move from an individual consciousness to a collective one.
(photo by Randy Wicker. text from Antony Hegarty’s the Spirit Was, Adrienne Rich’s Resisting Amnesia. )
come celebrate my birthday with me this Thursday at SRLP’s (iced) Coffee Talk!
July 19th, 6.30 til at least 8:30, Karaoke Celebration!
Get your 15 minutes of fame. Ok, more like 5 minutes on the microphone. Maybe you can sing well or maybe you can’t. It doesn’t matter to us! Swing by to eat food or bring food to share. Feel free to belt out your favorite tune, show off your best back up dancing moves or just enjoy watching.
Oh, and while you’re here we’d like your help prioritizing the topic for our upcoming, Trans Agenda forum in September. This is all about getting together sheme and dream and have some Summertime FUN!
Coffee Talk is a FREE ongoing discussion series that centers the lives and experiences of low income trans, intersex, gender non conforming people as well as trans, intersex and gender non conforming people of color. Allies welcome!
Come on over!
147 W 24th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY Building has elevator Trains: C/M/R/N/F/1
These events are FREE. Light refreshments and Metrocards provided.
We don’t dispute the ‘accusation’ of male privilege because we’re dumb, bad feminists, or incapable of interpreting our experience. We don’t have different opinions out of a lack of knowledge about oppression. We know our own lives, and have more options as feminists than to submit to non- trans woman authority and do its bidding.
Cis women’s and trans male spectrum people’s repeated and patronizing explanations of what our experience clearly must have been and is like bears a striking resemblance, both in form and effect, to patriarchial dominance
It’s rare that trans women are given the mic to speak about our experiences on our own terms, and it’s an even rarer occurrence when we women of color get to share space with one another and truth tell in a public space.
I’m proud of the nearly 10 minutes I shared with Isis King, who came into the media’s focus when she was recruited to compete on Cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model in 2008. I’m proud to call Isis my dear sister and to be able to speak with her about our public lives.
For In The Life Media’s landmark 20th season, Isis and I discuss living visibly as trans women, our personal experiences in the media and our views on “tranny” and divisive trans terminology.
I’d like to use this space to clarify three things:
1. Isis mentioned Laverne Cox as one of the only examples she’s known of trans women like herself on television. I’d like to highlight the fact that other sisters are and have also represented on television: Carmen Carrera, Candis Cayne, Jamie Clayton, Nina Poon, Harmony Santana and Nong Ariyaphon Southiphong.
2. I made a statement about our responsibility to educate others about our experiences. I said, “You have to use your life as a teaching moment.” It’s a personal choice to do so, and it’s a responsibility that I take on, but it is NOT our job to educate people about us. I was reminded of this when I read Janani Balasubramanian’s essay “Brown Silence,” where she so eloquently writes: “Not everyone’s education needs to be our responsibility all the time…Our words and energy should also be conserved.”
3. I also said the dehumanization of trans women in the media “leads to trans women hurting themselves in a way that they feel they don’t deserve more.” Instead, I’d like to add that the systematic dehumanization of trans women through words, images and the lack thereof of words and images that represent the totality of our experiences actually is what contributes to others seeing us as less than human therefore justifying the violence, battery, criminalization and murders we face.
Finally, I hope conversations like these continue to happen, and that they happen with a wide array of women, because it’s only in hearing a plethora of our voices do we paint a more realistic portrait of womanhood.
Maybe you were there, or maybe you already know that *Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera consistently fought back and gave for their communities while breathing both, fire and life into movement work! Come honor those who came before us & those of us making history daily-simply by surviving. We’ll eat snacks, view the powerful, “Pay It No Mind” documentary about Marsha P. Johnson and share our own histories. Come on over!
At SRLP 147 W 24th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY Trains: C/M/R/N/F/1
This event is FREE. Metrocards provided. Allies welcome.
*”Marsha P. Johnson was a revolutionary trans activist, Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, prostitute, starving actress, and Saint, as well as a downtown NYC fixture from the 1960’s through her too-soon demise in 1992. Johnson persevered through a life embodied by her middle initial P, which stood for “Pay It No Mind.”