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Genders & Sexualities

The liberation of our genders, our sexualities and our visions for justice are often severely constricted by the massive projects of male supremacy and heterosexism. Intellectual and activist resistance toward a gender just world in which all genders and sexualities emerge in vibrant, affirming community fuel critical movements for justice around the globe.

Sex Work, Leadership and Trans Self-Determination

By Jaime Grant, Contributing Editor, Genders and Sexuality

Editor’s note: Desiree Alliance’s decision to boycott the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia prompted the writing of this piece. Desiree Alliance is a coalition of sex workers, health professionals, social scientists, professional sex educators, and their supporting networks working together for an improved understanding of the sex industry and its human, social, and political impacts. Read their boycott letter here.

To support trans leaders around the world in their research and advocacy efforts, the Global Trans Research and Advocacy Project (GTRAP) has been drawing on the landmark study of transgender discrimination in the US, Injustice at Every Turn:  A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) for the last two years. GTRAP has shared the grassroots research methods and findings of NTDS with activists from all over the world, including trans people in Cuba, Honduras, Georgia, Armenia, China, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, and Uganda. Many new projects are growing out of these vibrant exchanges.

In every setting, the issue of employment and the wholesale exclusion of transgender people from legal workplaces and formal, legitimate economies is a front and center human rights issue. In the US Survey, respondents lived the harsh realities of workforce rejection, facing near-universal harassment in ‘legitimate’ workplaces, widespread job termination solely based on their gender identity, and consequentially high levels of participation in underground or ‘informal’ economies such as busking, drug sales and sex work. (more…)

An Incomplete Rainbow

Repost from The Chronicle of Higher Education. When I came out, at 16, in those fashion-challenged late 70s when tweedy jackets and pinky rings had to do hard labor in signifying lesbian identity, my (liberal) mother sent me to a … Continue reading

What’s a Family?

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By Jaime Grant, Contributing Editor, Genders and Sexualities As recently as a generation ago, conventional wisdom held that LGBTQ people had no family. The story told was this: cast out of our families of origin, social pariahs “incapable” of creating … Continue reading

Gay Rights and the Justice Department

Repost from The New York Times. The Justice Department adjusts its own policies and programs, bringing advances for gay couples and American justice. Read more at The New York Times.

Pratibha Parmar Brings Alice Walker’s Art to Life

Repost from Women in the World. Samina Ali interviews Pratibha Parmar, who most recently directed Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, celebrating the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Parmar speaks about retelling Walker’s words. Read more at … Continue reading

Gender and Facebook: Author/Researcher Weighs In

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By Jaime Grant, Contributing Editor, Gender and Sexualities Just in time for Valentine’s day, Facebook unrolled 56 gender descriptors for people who don’t identify as male or female to choose from in constructing their Facebook profile.  The social networking giant … Continue reading

In Jaipur, New Feminists Are Born

Repost from the New York Times. Part of a series entitled “India Ink,” Rachira Gupta covers her travels with Gloria Steinem throughout India where they are talking about their new book, As If Women Matter. In this particular article, Gupta and … Continue reading

Thinking Beyond Pink and Blue

Repost from Buzzfeed. This article covers the release of author and photographer Susan Kuklin’s book, Beyond Magenta, which profiles six transgender young adults.