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Not For Your Orientalist Gaze

“The purpose of this zine is build upon the presence of existing Queer Muslim artists, spaces, and movements. The resources compiled here were found in early 2018. Since then, Queer Muslim communities and spaces have continued to flourish and build; thus, all that exists could not be encapsulated here. The hope is that this work can be useful and validating for those who can “come out” in their communities, as well as for those who are more comfortable “inviting in.” Thank you to the artists and brave interviewees for their presence and grace.” — Rumsha Sajid A PDF version of Not For Your Orientalist Gaze can be found here.

“It Is the Young People Who Will Free Us”: Resisting Militarized Violence, from Honduras to Chicago

By Gaspar Sánchez and Veronica Morris-Moore | In These Times

Gaspar Sánchez and Veronica Morris-Moore are young organizers from Honduras and Chicago, respectively. Gaspar is a leader of the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and a Lenca indigenous LGBT activist. He was mentored by the late Berta Cáceres, the COPINH co-founder who was assassinated on March 2, 2016. Veronica has been on the front lines of youth struggles in the era of Black Lives Matter, from winning a trauma center to helping oust the state’s attorney who played a role in covering up the Chicago police murder of Laquan McDonald.

Roderick Ferguson: Socialism in Black Queer Time In this talk Professor Ferguson engages the history of black queer diasporic formations in the 1970s as part of radical attempts to reimagine and eroticize socialist imaginations. The talk situates these formations within a social and political context in which various modes of difference were being mobilized to illustrate and expand the symbolic flexibility and the “writerly” potentials of socialism – particularly by the politically imaginative work of the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords, the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, the 1978 Socialist-Feminist Conference, the radical queer activist group Gay Liberation Front, and others. The talk uses these formations as the context for arguing that this decade of socialist experimentation was one in which black queer activists and artists were central. More directly, those activists and artists were part of various projects to revise socialism in accordance with an interest in politicizing homoerotic desires and eroticizing anti-racist and socialist…

Gender & Sexuality

Gender and Sexuality: The course focuses on gender and sexuality in Asian America. Issues covered include: history, community politics, transgender issues, political activism, HIV/AIDS and health issues, coming out, relationships and family, transnational perspectives, and cultural politics. The course is a combination of lecture, discussion, and presentations (film/videos, guest speakers, panel discussions). In addition to required attendance and participation in discussions, course requirements include a midterm exam, final research paper, and periodic assignments. Dr. Eric Estuar Reyes University of California Los Angeles

Transgender Identities & Communities

This course examines queer and transgender identities in different cultural contexts. Drawing on historical as well as contemporary studies, the course examines gender and sexual identities from a transnational feminist perspective. Course materials include scholarly essays from a variety of disciplines including history, anthropology, philosophy, literature, legal studies, and film studies. WGS 552 asks students to analyze gender identities, particularly transgender identities, as they intersect with ideas about sexuality, race, labor, and nation. This semester we will study transgender identities by examining how sexual practices and gender identities are intertwined. For instance, what distinguishes a butch lesbian from a female-to-male transsexual? How do names for sexual and gendered practices (from “homosexual” to “tom”) shape how we think about culture, gender, race, sexuality, and nation? How do these factors produce sexed and gendered identities that resonate with national identities and ideologies? Dr. Nan Alamilla Boyd San Francisco State University Syllabus