Spring Sussex Centre for Gender Studies panel event on April 13th at 2pm in the Moot room, Freeman building: ‘Critical Perspectives on the Transgender Tipping Point’.
– Nat Raha is a poet and queer / trans activist. Her poetry includes two collections and a handful of pamphlets, including ‘[of sirens / body & faultlines]’ (2015) and countersonnets (2013). She has performed her work internationally and is part of the collective organising Queer Caff. She co-organised the Radical Transfeminism mini-conference in London (June 2015).
– Juliet Jacques is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Guardian, London Review of Books, Sight & Sound, Granta and many other publications. Her memoir, Trans, came out with Verso in 2015. She is currently doing a Creative & Critical Writing PhD at the University of Sussex.
– Sabah Choudrey is a Trans Youth Worker with Gendered Intelligence. They write and speak about being trans, Pakistani and Muslim, and about the intersections of gender, race and queerness. They are a University of Sussex graduate in Psychology, and is about to start a Masters in Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute, West London.
– Munroe Bergdorf is a DJ, model, activist and advocate for the transgender community. She has worked with numerous brands, appearing in fashion and makeup campaigns. She recently appeared in a viral video for The BBC called ‘Things not to say to a trans person’ which amassed over 3 million hits, and starred in a short documentary for CNN called ‘My transgender life’, talking about the mental effects of transitioning within today’s society.
– Additional panellist TBC
In May 2014, Time Magazine published a cover story entitled ‘The Transgender Tipping Point’ which argued that the social movement around trans rights had gained so much momentum that it was poised to challenge our deeply held cultural beliefs. This idea was celebrated in much of the Western media, with UK feminist journalist Laurie Penny arguing that ‘the lines of gender are being redrawn’ and that trans people were ‘everywhere’ in popular culture.
However, critics argued that the statistics in fact say otherwise, with a lack of social and political protections, high rates of harassment and discrimination and a greater risk of homelessness, suicide and HIV infection among trans communities. There are also intersectional issues around the types of trans people who are able to enjoy increased visibility and rights and those who are left behind: and although Time Magazine featured Laverne Cox, a trans woman of colour, as its cover star it is often this very demographic who are the most marginalised.
This afternoon event will attempt to centre the voices of trans and non-binary people of colour, especially women, in a critical discussion of the idea of the ‘transgender tipping point’, formulated around the following indicative questions:
– Can we identify a ‘transgender tipping point’ in the current context and how can this be framed historically?
– Who is located at the forefront of this movement and who is on the margins, and how are these positions mediated by other social categories such as race and class?
– What role is played by the media in trans visibility and in representing the struggle for trans rights, and what are some its positives and negatives?
If you would like to attend please email Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get an idea of numbers for refreshments, which will be provided. This event is free to attend.
Supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/doctoralschool/internal/funding/rli