My hilarious and brilliant friend Reina Gossett (who is also a contributor to Captive Genders) along with Sasha Wortzel are working on a new film called “Happy Birthday Marsha”. If you can, please help support this project!
The inaugural issues of the journal TSQ:Transgender Studies Quarterly was just launched in which I have a short keyword for “Gender Self-determination.” My piece is available to download as a pdf here. I was also recently a part of a roundtable for Public Books on the show Orange is the New Black. My contribution “Abolition and Trans Resistance” thinks about the political possibilities of our moment while still wanting more than only representational change. Finally, Toshio Meronek and I wrote “Unintended and Anti-Social Consequences of Social Media Use” for truthout about social media and the catastrophic consequences for the Bay Area.
The lovely Chris Vargas and I are headed to Arizona for three days and three screenings.
April 3, 2014 Prescott College, Prescott, AZ
April 4, 2014 5pm Marston Exploration Theater 781 East Terrace Road, Tempe, Arizona 85287
April 5, 2014 6pm Gender & Women’s Studies Department at University of Arizona, room #100
National trans* prison activists, advocates, and researchers will share their perspective on the social and structural challenges that the law, police, and prisons pose on the lives of transgender, gender variant, and gender non-conforming people in the U.S.
Moderated by Dean Spade, Seattle University Professor of Law, Founder of Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Carolyn Henry, Transgender Activist, Los Angeles
Janetta Johnson, Trans Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project, San Francisco
Eric Stanley, editor of Captive Genders
Alisha Williams, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, New York City
Sponsored by: Pride Foundation, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Justice in a Diverse Society Learning Community, SGSU, GenderGalaxy, Triangle Club, Wismer Center for Gender and Diversity, Department of Criminal Justice and Center for the Study of Crime and Justice, College of Arts and Sciences.
Exciting gathering of amazing people. I’ll be moderating the panel, “Abolishing the NPIC.” How about we do that, and think of new ways to ensure all our needs are met!
The schedule for the conference is no up here.
Wu Tsang, Chris Vargas and I had a conversation about Homotopia, Criminal Queers, Wildness and our affective, political and filmic relationship to the epic Born in Flames for a special dossier in the journal Women and Performance guest edited by Craig Willse and Dean Spade. You can read “Queer Love Economies: Making trans/feminist Film in Precarious Times” here and look out for all the other great pieces in the issue.
Chris Vargas and I will be screening Criminal Queers at Outfest in LA on July 13, 2013. The screening is at at 7:15pm at REDCAT. More info can be found here. Also, I am a part of a fundraising effort to help Patreese (one of the NJ4) transition out of prison and back home. If you can donate please do so, and if not help us spread the word far and wide. Here is the link to the online campaign.
Below is a video from the “Imagining Queer Justice: Prison Abolition and LGBT Hate Crime Legislation” symposium that Margot Weiss put together this Spring at Wesleyan University. I got to share some space with Ryan Conrad, Reina Gossett and a very generous audience. My talk was going to be “The Queer Commons: Armed Struggle, Trans Resistance and Prison Abolition” however things changed as they do.
Chris Vargas and I will screening (a new cut of) Criminal Queers twice at the end of April, I’m also doing a few Captive Genders events along the way, check it out if you like, and let your people know.
April 24, 7pm Captive Genders at Northeastern Law School
April 25, 7pm Criminal Queers will screen and Q and A at The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
April 26, 4:15pm “Queering Prison Abolition” with Eric A. Stanley, Reina Gossett and Ryan Conrad at Wesleyan University
April 27, 7pm Criminal Queers screening and Q and A at West Chester University Sykes Student Center, West Chester PA.
All events are FREE and open to everyone.
I am doing a talk on March 26, 2013 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada then Toshio Meronek and I will be doing an event on March 29 in Montreal around Captive Genders. After some teaching and rest back home, Chris Vargas and I will be heading out for a few screenings of Criminal Queers on the east coast in late April, more info about that soon.