Pinkwashing and Mainstreaming: A Talk by Dean Spade

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2018 - Tuesday, Sep 04, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Berkeley Law, Room 110
Location is ADA accessible

Law Students for Justice in Palestine presents:

Pinkwashing and Mainstreaming: A Talk by Dean Spade

Due to the efforts of vibrant social movements, attitudes have been changing about queer and trans people’s lives. Reform efforts aimed at increasing justice and survival for queer and trans people have become more visible. At the same time, mainstream institutions and governments have started to promote themselves as gay- or trans-friendly in order to get good PR, especially when they want to appear progressive to cover up harmful and violent practices. This process, called “pinkwashing,” raises questions for social movement activists about how we evaluate, understand, and respond to the reforms that emerge as our issues gain attention. How can we tell what will work to improve lives and what will just be lip service or good public relations for existing systems? Dean will share some critical approaches being used by activists confronting these challenging questions.

Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002,  he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a nonprofit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex and/or gender nonconforming, and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice.

He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law (Duke University Press, 2015). In 2015, he released “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back,” an hour-long documentary that follows a local queer community controversy and examines the concept of pinkwashing.


Co-sponsored by: The National Lawyers’ Guild, the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, and the Center for Race & Gender


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