May 8, 2013
Help Support Egyptt! Please Signal Boost

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Dear Friends & Community, 

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.

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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

February 22, 2013
NYU OCCUPATION: STREET TRANSVESTITES FOR GAY POWER STATEMENT

i found this document -the first statement released by STAR during the NYU gay liberation front occupation- at the new york public library in Arthur Bell’s papers.

for more context i wrote about it last year here for Sylvia Rivera’s ten year memorial blog

OCTOBER 1970

GAY POWER WHEN DO WE WANT IT? OR DO WE?

 

This is the question that is running through our minds.  Do you really want Gay Power or are you looking for a few laughs or maybe a little excitement.  We are not quite sure what you people really want.  IF you want Gay Liberation then you’re going to have to fight for it.  We don’t mean tomorrow or the next day, we are talking about today.  We can never possibly win by saying “wait for a better day” or “we’re not ready yet” If you’re ready to tell people that you want to be free, then your ready to fight.  And if your not ready then shut up and crawl back into your closets.  But let us ask you this, Can you realliy live in a closet? We cant.

 

So now the question is, do we want Gay Power or Pig Power.  We are willing to admit that we need pigs.  But we only need t hen for crime control. We do not need them to beat and harass our gay brothers and sisters.  The pigs are not helping the people who are being robbed on the streets and being murdered.  How can they when theyre to busy trying to bust a homosexual over the head.  Or theyre to busy trying to catch someone hustling so they can arrest t hem.  But they do give us an alternative.  All we have to do is commit sodomy with them and they’ll forget they were saw us.  Until next time that is.  So again we ask you, do you want pig power or gay power?  This is up to each and every one of you.

 

If you want gay power then youre going to have to fight for it.  And youre going to have to fight until you win.  Because (striked through) once you start youre not going to be able to stop because if you do youll lose everything.  You wont just lose this fight, but all the other fights all over the country.  All our brothers and sisters all over the world will return to their closets in shame.  So if you want to fight for your rights, then fight till the end.

 

We would also like to say that all we fought for at Weinstein Hall was lost when we left upon request of the pigs.  Chalk one up for the pigs, for they truly are carrying there victory flag.  And realize the next demonstration is going to be harder, because they now know that we scare easily.

 

You people run if you want to, but we’re tired of running.  We intend to fight for our rights until we get them.

 

                                    Street Transvestites

                                    For Gay Power

 

[images of trans symbols on bottom)

 

February 9, 2013

In typical anti-authoritative fashion I ignored the weather man’s warnings last night.  As soon as I got outside the blizzard swept me up into a technicolor otherland.  

October 23, 2012

Pay It No Mind - The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

This beautiful documentary is now entirely online! Please PAY IT SOME MIND!

September 8, 2012
A New Queer Agenda with Lisa Duggan, Kenyon Farrow, Amber Hollibaugh, and Richard Kim

NYC area friends! please join me & other contributors wednesday September 19th to help launch The Scholar & Feminist Online“A New Queer Agenda! I am super excited about the piece I wrote with my sibling Che Gossett and friend AJ Lewis called  Reclaiming Our Lineage: Organized Queer, Gender-Nonconforming, and Transgender Resistance to Police Violence.  And the issue is filled with so many other brilliant writers, activists and educators!

details below! photos by the illustrious Syd London!

A New Queer Agenda

Lisa Duggan, Kenyon Farrow, Amber Hollibaugh, and Richard Kim

August 13, 2012
Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prison Penpal Postcards have arrived! Designed by Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prisoner Advisory Committee member Giovanni Germanotti. 
Please come out on Thursday, August 16th to learn about Sylvia Rivera Law Projects’s detention work & join in on the postcard project party! 
6:30-8:30pm at SRLP. Light refreshments & metrocards provided. All are welcome! 147 W 24th St., 5th Floor. Building has elevator.
(photo by Gabriel Foster)


Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prison Penpal Postcards have arrived! Designed by Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prisoner Advisory Committee member Giovanni Germanotti.

Please come out on Thursday, August 16th to learn about Sylvia Rivera Law Projects’s detention work & join in on the postcard project party!

6:30-8:30pm at SRLP. Light refreshments & metrocards provided. All are welcome! 147 W 24th St., 5th Floor. Building has elevator.

(photo by Gabriel Foster)

July 31, 2012
Ten Posts for Sylvia Rivera’s Ten Year Memorial

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!

reina

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.

links:

SYLVIA RIVERA 10 YEAR MEMORIAL


 SYLVIA GOES TO COLLEGE & STAR TAKES OVER NYU

 

SYLVIA RIVERA & NYPD REFLECT ON STONEWALL REBELLION

 

STAR PEOPLE ARE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

 

RAPPING WITH MARSHA P JOHNSON

 

STAR TREK: SYLVIA & STAR HOUSE LEAVE THE LOWER EAST SIDE

 

YOU GOTTA KEEP FIGHTING GIRLIE CAUSE ITS NOT TIME TO CROSS THE RIVER JORDAN!

 

MARKET THIS

 

SYLVIA RIVERA, JULIA MURRAY & RANDY WICKER LOOKING FABULOUS AT UPLIFT LIGHTING


TEN POSTS FOR SYLVIA RIVERA’S TEN YEAR MEMORIAL


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. )

July 29, 2012
DSM-V To Rename Gender Identity Disorder ‘Gender Dysphoria

can we please examine the internalized ableism within our celebration of trans “not being crazy” or “not being a mental illness?” 

"we aren’t crazy" has accompanied so many other movement’s shifting towards abliest and neoliberal and neuronormal domination. having a mental illness identification is not the same as consent to the medical industrial complex’s pathologizing mental illness. finally many poor trans people and trans people of color have used GID diagnosis to leverage access to care, (even though the ADA doesnt cover GID). many many trans people identify with having GID and name it as a disability, many of these folks are incarcerated. is it possible our privilege stops us from even considering folks identifying with GID might know what they/we are talking about? so i say: yes to mental illness identification, no to medical industrial complex and pathologization. 

July 16, 2012
come celebrate my birthday with me this Thursday at SRLP’s (iced) Coffee Talk!
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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 FloorNew York, NYBuilding has elevator Trains: C/M/R/N/F/1

These events are FREE.  Light refreshments and Metrocards provided. 
To RSVP or get more information, please contact gabriel at 212.337.8550 ext 309 or gabrielfoster@srlp.org

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. 


To RSVP or get more information, please contact gabriel at
212.337.8550 ext 309 or gabrielfoster@srlp.org

July 3, 2012
Postmodern Culture published “Entangled Spheres” Jian Chen's insightful & generous review of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment & The Prison Industrial Complex!