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Trans + Gender Nonconforming People and the Prison Industrial Complex

Join RISE and Trans/Gender Group for a student-led discussion this Friday, in honor of Trans Day of Remembrance. Trans and gender nonconforming people are disproportionately imprisoned and policed. How do prisons and policing affect trans people? What are the forces and cycles that draw trans people into the prison industrial complex? How does trans liberation intersect with prison abolition?

All are welcome!

Date: Fri 11.20
Time: 3pm
Place: 190 High Street

TRANSforming Institutions Symposium at Russell House

tg-symbolThree scholars are discussing their work on trangender studies, rights, and health, including Susan Stryker, one of the directors of “Screaming Queens“. Part of this week’s Trans Symposium:

“Incarcerating Gender: Doing Time under the Freeze Frame Policy
Paisley Currah
Associate Professor of Political Science
Brooklyn College of The City University of New York

The Transgender Demographic Imaginary in U.S. Public Health
Ben Singer
Ph.D. Candidate in English
Rutgers University

Susan Stryker (respondent)
Associate Professor of Gender Studies
Indiana University

There will be a reception afterwards.

Date: Friday, Oct. 2
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Place: Russell House, 318 High St.

Film showing: “Screaming Queens”

screaming queenWatch “Screaming Queens”, part of this week’s Trans Symposium:

Screaming Queens“, a film by Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman, depicts the Compton’s Cafeteria riots in 1966, when a group of transgender women, gay clientele, and neighborhood activists decided to fight back against police harassment.

See more information on the movie here.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 1
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Shanklin 107

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Third Root Workshops

We are told by Lex Horan ’10 that there will be two events tomorrow about healthcare:

“Jacoby Ballard and Romina Rodriguez-Crosta, practitioners from Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn, are coming to Wesleyan to facilitate two workshops. Stop by the Science Center this Wednesday for either or both workshops!

Access to Healthcare = Access to Health, Wellbeing, and Justice (4:15, Exley 137)
The national dialogue concerning healthcare concerns access to emergency care, but not actually maintaining good health in an ongoing, holistic, daily way. Additionally, the holistic care that does exist is expensive and out of touch with local communities and does not address systems of oppression that hold this care out of reach for specific groups of people. In this popular education workshop (based on the principles and pedagogy of Paulo Freire), Third Root cooperative members will discuss their model of providing accessible, empowering, and collaborative healthcare to communities in the Flatbush neighborhood.

Empowered Trans Healthcare (8:00, Woodhead Lounge)
Holistic care here we come! This is a workshop for trans and gender non-conforming folks and allies who want to know how to better care for trans bodies as we go through surgeries, hormones, and other treatments. Doctors tell trans people that we are at risk for osteoporosis, high blood pressure, liver disease, and possibly cancer, but they don’t actually tell us what we can do about it! We will discuss herbs, foods, and concrete methods of how to use them (oils, tinctures, teas, etc) to care for trans bodies at various points of medical and social transition.

These events are sponsored by the Adelphic Educational Fund, WesWell, Campus Progress, Open House, and April [Awareness Month?]”

What: Healthcare workshops
When: 4:15 and 8:00
Where: Exley 137 and Woodhead Lounge, respectively

Check out thirdroot.org for more about the organization.

Trans/Gender Group Meeting

Cris Kontopidis ’10 sends in some info about a Trans/Gender Group meeting:

Trans/Gender group attempts to create a respectful support space for those who identify as trans, gender-nonconforming, and questioning; as well as incorporates allies and engages in activism in our community. If you’re interested, please come to our meetings or email us at ckontopidis@wes or cawkwardrich@wes. We always welcome new members and feedback!!!

note: to make a safer space for our first meeting, it’s going to be for anyone who identifies as trans, questioning, or any gender nonconforming identity. the following meeting the week after will be a more organizational meeting open to all.

When: Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Queer Resource Center at 190 High st. (upstairs)

All-Inclusive & All-Awesome Women and Trans Music Collective

Aliza Simons ’09 says:

Play an instrument? Like putting on shows? Want to jam? Want to be awesome? Want to help us come up with a better name?

Come to the first ever meeting of the women and trans music collective. We want to make more spaces to play music on campus happen, more musical skill sharing, more of everything musical. While this is a collective focused on trans & female & gender non-conforming identified folks you don’t need to identify as any of these identities to come. Heck, you don’t even need to play an instrument. You should just come.

email asimons@wes or emeyer01@wes with questions/critiques/comments.

When: Thursday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 PM
Where: Senior Fauver lounge
Why: Because you love music

Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.

The CT TransAdvocacy Coalition, Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford and many of our allies and community will be remembering those individuals who are brutally murdered simply because they did not conform to societies standards of what a “real man or woman” looks or acts like.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008
     5:15 PM Gathering at First Presbyterian Church, 136 Capitol Ave, Hartford
Vigil Walk from First Presbyterian Church to the State Capitol
     5:30 PM Rally at the State Capitol
     7:00 PM Transgender Day of Remembrance Program at Metropolitan Community Church, 155 Wyllys Street, Hartford

My dear friend Tessa, who is a fellow Connecticut resident, activist, and all-around good human being asked me to help spread the word about this event in Hartford next Thursday. Although this Day of Remembrance event does not take place on or especially close to Wesleyan’s campus, I post it here because I feel that it will be of interest to the community. The contents of this post were adapted from her diary at MyLeftNutmeg.

Tomorrow: Organizing workshop, queer/trans talk

Organizing Workshop with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is a collective non-profit centered on gender, racial, social and economic justice. Led by collective member Gael Guevara, this workshop is an opportunity for conversation and skill-building for organizing at Wesleyan and beyond, and for exploration of ideas like community, accountability, leadership, identity, and what it means to be an “activist.”

Date: Tuesday, April 1
Time: 4:15 PM
Location: Daniel Family Commons

Resistance and Cooptation in Trans and Queer Political Struggles
Led by Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and a lawyer, social justice activist, and radical thinker. His work is grounded in grassroots and collective models of organizing, empowerment, and social justice. He’s currently teaching a class at Harvard on social movements and the law. Come listen to a talk and participate in discussion about important issues facing queer and trans social movements today.

Includes free dinner from Typhoon.

Date: Tuesday, April 1
Time: 6:15 PM
Location: Daniel Family Commons