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.

What Is Fat Activism? An Interview with Dr. Charlotte Cooper

By Dr. Cookie Woolner

Dr. Charlotte Cooper is a British fat activist and para-academic with 30 years experience in this field. She is the author of a new book, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement. In her book, Cooper debunks various assumptions about fat activism, such as that it is about “body positivity” and “self-love,” or merely focused on issues of obesity and health. Through interviews with fat activists and her own experiences, Cooper charts the rich history of fat activism since its emergence in the 1960s amidst many other social movements for justice and equity. She argues that fat activism is a strategy to help fat people live better lives, which can take on any form, from working at the policy level to create anti-discrimination laws to hosting fat clothing swaps, protesting the diet industry, creating embodied performances and community events (more…)

Historic Federal Guidance on Transgender Students

By Transgender Law Center Thanks to the Transgender Law Center for providing insightful commentary on the federal government’s historic guidance on transgender students issued last week on May 13, 2016. Please visit the TLC blog for up to date reports … Continue reading

Alisha Walker: Survived & Punished

By Brit Schulte Alisha Walker was working when she was attacked. Her attacker, Alan Filan, was a regular client who became aggressive, hostile, and demanded unsafe services while under the influence of alcohol. When Alisha refused, he escalated from threats … Continue reading

New Report Centers LGBTQ Experiences of Mass Incarceration

By Andrea Ritchie | Huff Post Queer Voices Five years ago, Beacon Press published Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People, a book which provided a comprehensive examination LGBT people in the criminal legal system. Five years later, the Movement Advancement Project’s … Continue reading

Lioness of Lisabi: A Black Girl Power Story

by Stephanie Shonekan, Art, Music, and Pop Culture, Contributing Editor Reverberations of the assertion that Black Lives Matter have been heard and felt across the nation, on our street corners and in our communities, on college campuses, and in media … Continue reading

State of Emergency, State of Resilience

By Cookie Woolner This past summer, transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox declared a “state of emergency” due to the increasing number of murders of transgender women. By August of 2015, the total number of women killed (21 known cases … Continue reading

Nurturing Resilience: Doula Care

By Jax Lee Gardner We’ve been at this for eighteen hours now. She’s finally pushing; she’s covered in sweat; she’s been vomiting; she’s completely exhausted; and she’s looking to me during each contraction. And I’m right there with her. I’m … Continue reading