Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Multicultural Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Location is ADA accessible

Kerby Lynch, PhD Student at Berkeley; Eric Stanley, Assistant Professor at Berkeley; CeCe Mcdonald, Abolitionist; Miss Major, Trans Elder

Join us for a conversation on the anthology “Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility” (MIT 2017)!
This conversation is a follow up from the 2018 Lecture titled “The Black Trans* Matrix” where Juliana Huxtable delivered a Keynote about the “trap door” of Trans*Visibility. Jasmine Infiniti also spoke about the power of cultural production and nightlife to bring about radical community. In this panel, we will discuss the contemporary moment in which “gender mainstreaming” erases the fundamental struggle against growing regimes of confinement and exploitation of Trans*bodies. Hearing from two Icons and Abolitionist, the conversation will center on the urgency of contesting the carceral state in our everyday lives starting within the realm of representation. We invite community members, artist, radical queers, abolitionist and organizers to engage in a thought provoking dialogue amongst the panelist.

Miss Major is a veteran of the infamous Stonewall Riots, former sex worker, and survivor of Attica State Prison, transgender elder and activist Miss Major has fought for over 40 years to create visibility and equity for trans women of color. Miss Major has built a global legacy of activism that is rooted in her own experiences, and will continue to pave the way for transgender women of color, particularly those who have survived incarceration and police brutality.

CeCe McDonald is a transgender activist and revered icon of the LGBTQ community. She captured international recognition in 2011 after surviving a white supremacist and transphobic attack, later receiving a second-degree manslaughter conviction and serving 19 months in prison simply for defending herself.

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