Black Trans Intimacies: On Building Futures in the Present

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Join us for the second installment of the “Radical Kinship Series,” curated and hosted by CRG’s Arts and Humanities Initiative Research Scholar, Alán Pelaez Lopez. In this roundtable, trans and nonbinary artists and scholars come together to discuss the ways in which intimacy is rendered and re-imagined in our contemporary moment, and how intimacy serves as a world-building tool. Dora Santana of John Jay College, SA Smythe of UCLA and Micky Bradford of the Transgender Law Center will share their craft(s) and speak of their work as a form of intimacy with the world and against patriarchy and anti-Blackness. This event aims to ask: what kind of intimacies do we need today for all Black trans and nonbinary people to be free tomorrow? And, as Dora Santana’s “Mais Viva!: Reassembling Transness, Blackness, and Feminism” (2019) asks, “How do we imagine possibilities of livable lives, of freedom, well-being, and transformative change, as we resist death?

Co-sponsored by African American Studies, Gender Equity Resource Center, Othering & Belonging Institute’s Diversity and Health Disparities Cluster, and Othering & Belonging Institute’s LGBTQ Citizenship Cluster.

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