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One way to continue the conversation is to bring together 4-6 people in your home or coffeehouse or bar to discuss these ideas and questions. Part of building strong and unified movements is sharing analysis and growing our relationships.
An example of discussion questions:
Reflecting on the Body as a Frontline, Suzanne Pharr of National Council of Elders, Stephanie Guilloud of Project South, Ms. Sharyn Grayson of House of GG, and Que Bell of The Knights and Orchid Society offered some critical directions for grounding and building our movement.
1) Why is it a political act to respect pronouns and genderidentities?
2) What does it mean to liberate our gender and our bodies on multiple frontlines (labor, climate, poverty, prisons and police, etc.)
3) What are ways you and your community and/or organization can support trans people and create more inclusive spaces?
We’re in a moment of powerful, radical changeSuzanne Pharr, National Council of Elders
Trans defiance has occurred throughout historyMs. Sharyn Grayson, House of GG
We’re going back to get our peopleQuentin Bell, TKO Society
All folks who transgress gender and do not conform to the norm contribute to our movements’ creativity and imagination of what our world should be, not the world we were born with.Stephanie Guilloud, Project South Co-Director
Resources and Information
What is Gender Ideology? Recent article in Slate
“Over the past two decades, this umbrella term “genderideology” has served as a rallying cry for social conservatives in Europe and Latin America. Conservative activists have weaponized “gender ideology” to mobilize against abortion liberalization in Spain, criticize same-sex marriage in France,stymie an anti-bullying initiative in Australia, and even muster opposition to a proposed peace deal in Colombia between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces.”
The Combahee River Collective Statement Written in 1977 by a collective of Black feminists who had been meeting for several years, the statement is a fundamental document that presents clear arguments for intersectional politics and action.
“The most general statement of our politics at the present time would be that we are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression, and see as our particular task the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking. The synthesis of these oppressions creates the conditions of our lives. As Black women we see Black feminism as the logical political movement to combat the manifold and simultaneous oppressions that all women of color face.”
Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics by Cathy Cohen, 1997 Article by Black lesbian feminist published in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies – Argues for transformational politics through cultivating a more nuanced understanding of power and destabilizing the dichotomies of identity & behavior. If the demonization of queers follows the same ideology that demonizes Black families, she argues that “movement building should be rooted not in our shared history and identity but in our shared relationship to power.” She also argues that queer politics should include the destabilization of sexual categories, not the destruction nor the re-enforcement of categories.
My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely By Kate Bornstein, 1998 (update to be published this year) – Super accessible, strong analysis, and great exercises for workshops or exploring the intersections of gender, race, class, ability, etc. Excellent glossary – Bornstein makes clear distinctions between assignment, sex, sexuality, and gender. Her writings consistently argue for gender liberation for all people, beyond the rights to individual expression or freedom.
TRANSGENDER WARRIORS: Making History From Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman – By Leslie Feinberg, 1997 – Illustrated with many never-before-published historical images and contemporary photographs, Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression—from ancient Syria to the contemporary United States—and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.
Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy – By Andrea Smith author of “Not an Indian Tradition: The Sexual Colonization of Native Peoples”
- MAJOR! – Amazon
- Happy Birthday, Marsha
- Other great writers & resources on gender, sexuality, andliberation
- Suzanne Pharr – Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism
- Audre Lorde – EVERYTHING
- Gloria Anzaldua – Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
- Lisa Duggan – The End of Marriage: The War over the Future of State Sponsored Love
- Haunani Kay Trask, Eric Rofes, Judith Butler, Jacqui Alexander, Kenyon Farrow, James Baldwin
Quick research on herbs for transgender folks mentioned on the chat box: