3/1/17:Talia Mae Bettcher Public Lecture: The Phenomenology of Illusion

Talia Mae Bettcher Public Lecture: The Phenomenology of Illusion

Wednesday, March 1 at 5 PM6:30 PM EST

UMass Amherst Campus Center Rooms 804-808

The Phenomenology of Illusion: On Gender Transitions and Existential Identity
A Public Lecture by Talia Mae Bettcher
Wednesday, March 1 5:00-6:30 p.m.
UMass Campus Center Rooms 804-808

“’What is gender transition?’ and ‘Why do trans people do it?’ In this talk, I explore these questions from a trans philosophical perspective. I critique both ‘born this way’ and constructionist accounts that centralize the notion of embodiment. Instead, I argue for a broader account that centralizes the notion of empersonment. This requires a new understanding of personhood in terms of interpersonal spatiality (closeness/intimacy and distance). I argue that gender transitions and the affective and cognitive investments that drive them can be seen as arising in resistance to the abusive system of interpersonal spatiality in which persons are constituted.”

Talia Mae Bettcher is a Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles and she currently serves as Chair. Some of her articles include “Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion” (Hypatia 2007), “Trapped in the Wrong Theory: Re-Thinking Trans Oppression and Resistance” (Signs 2014), and “When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach about Sexual Orientation” (Journal of Homosexuality 2014). With Susan Stryker, she co-edited the Transgender Studies Quarterly special double issue “Trans/Feminisms” (2016). She is currently at work on the monograph “Personhood as Intimacy: A Trans Feminist Philosophy” (under contract with Minnesota University Press).

Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst and the UMass Provost’s Office present the third of four lectures in the 2016-2017 Trans* Studies Speaker series. The event is co-sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center, the UMass Department of Communication, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, the Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies Program, and others.

This event is free of charge and open to all.

Accessibility: Both of the Campus Center’s two main entrances on the east and west sides of the building are wheelchair accessible. The building is also accessible via the 2nd floor of the parking garage. These three entrances lead in to the concourse, and there are elevators located at the center of the hall facing the south, opposite the campus store. The event will be on the 8th floor. There will be accessible seating in the front of rooms 804-808. For information about reserved accessible parking, please see http://www.umass.edu/transportation/reserved-accessible-parking. For any additional accessibility requests, please email Sonny by Feb 21 at snordmar@soc.umass.edu.

The fourth and final lecture of the Trans* Studies Speaker series will feature Dr. micha cárdenas on Wednesday, March 22 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Contact UMass Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies for more information:www.umass.edu/wgss.

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11/15/16: the trans* umbrella – reevaluation, deconstruction, and evolution | FREE training (6 CEUs & HIV hours)

download registration form here (pdf) | register online here https://hivdatf.org/upcomingtrainings/

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LOGISTICS:

Title the trans* umbrella – reevaluation, deconstruction, and evolution
Date November 15, 2016
Time registration at 8:00 am. Training from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location St. Anne’s Maternity Home   

155 North Occidental Blvd. LA  90026

Public Transportation 14/37 (Beverly/Reno)

10/48 (Temple/Occidental)

603 (Rampart/Temple)

Parking free parking in lot

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS: https://hivdatf.org/trainings/trans-summit-2/

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

A total of six (6) continuing education credits/contact hours are available for this training.

the HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force is approved by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP): provider #2N-10-141-0418

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. UCLA ISAP is also an approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/II, CADCs-CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs-CSs, and LAADCs (CCAPP, #2N-00-445-1117), CATCs (ACCBC/CAADE, #CP 20 872 C 0819), and CAODCs (CADTP, #151).

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09/07/16: Trans Town Hall (Los Angeles, CA)

download Trans Town Hall Flyer September 7th [pdf]

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Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? parts 2 & 3

Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? Part 2 of 3 from Susan Forrest on Vimeo.

 

Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? Part 3 of 3 from Susan Forrest on Vimeo.

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Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? (video)

Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? Part 1 of 3

Thursday, April 21
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza – Los Angeles LGBT Center
1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, California 90038

Moderated by: Amelia Jones and Leon Mostovoy.

Panelists:

  • Talia Mae Bettcher,
  • Zackary Drucker,
  • Kean O’Brien,
  • Bamby Salcedo,
  • Sabel Samone-Loreca, and
  • Addison Rose Vincent

The relationship between feminism and trans/trans* discourse has been complex and often fraught. Aiming in its most basic forms to redress inequities and oppressions based on perceived gender identity, feminism in most of its second and third wave forms has long been based primarily on a coalition of people recognized to be “women.” Newly visible expressions of gender/sex identification that cross over the binary lines so central to normative culture, but also to feminist challenges, has put enormous pressure on this structure of political engagement. Raging debates over the media—whether social, “new,” or “old”—over the past few years have raised key points of debate about the relationship between feminism and gender/sex formations that defy the very binaries (hetero/homo and male/female) that feminism has staked its energies on interrogating for so long.

It is no longer at all clear what a “woman” is, what kinds of gendered/sexed subjects are being oppressed and in what ways, or how to sustain the feminist project in the face of these newly visible complex gender formations. The very concept of a gendered/sexed self that is determinable through visual, aural, or other cues (whether to be oppressed or liberated) is called into question. On what can feminism be based in an era of complex gender/sex identifications, in particular those now articulated as “trans” or “trans*”?

This panel seeks to debate the relationship of feminist politics, which we take for granted to be essential to any critical discourse of, about, or around gendered/sexed subjects, to trans/trans* identifications, discourses, and expressions—which we also assume to be valid and worthy of understanding and attention, whether coalitional and supportive or critical. Our panelists, who are thinkers, activists, artists, and scholars, will address the relationship between feminism and trans/trans* identifications and theories. Time will be allowed for extended discussion with the audience.

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04/21/16: Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? (Los Angeles)

04/21/16: Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism?

 

7 PM – 9 PM
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza – Los Angeles LGBT Center
1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, California 90038

Moderated by:  Amelia Jones and Leon Mostovoy.
Panelist:  Talia Mae Bettcher, Cassils Heat, Zackary Drucker, @keanobrien, Bamby Salcedo, and MsLady Mocha.
The relationship between feminism and trans/trans* discourse has been complex and often fraught. Aiming in its most basic forms to redress inequities and oppressions based on perceived gender identity, feminism in most of its second and third wave forms has long been based primarily on a coalition of people recognized to be “women.” Newly visible expressions of gender/sex identification that cross over the binary lines so central to normative culture, but also to feminist challenges, has put enormous pressure on this structure of political engagement. Raging debates over the media—whether social, “new,” or “old”—over the past few years have raised key points of debate about the relationship between feminism and gender/sex formations that defy the very binaries (hetero/homo and male/female) that feminism has staked its energies on interrogating for so long.

It is no longer at all clear what a “woman” is, what kinds of gendered/sexed subjects are being oppressed and in what ways, or how to sustain the feminist project in the face of these newly visible complex gender formations. The very concept of a gendered/sexed self that is determinable through visual, aural, or other cues (whether to be oppressed or liberated) is called into question. On what can feminism be based in an era of complex gender/sex identifications, in particular those now articulated as “trans” or “trans*”?

This panel seeks to debate the relationship of feminist politics, which we take for granted to be essential to any critical discourse of, about, or around gendered/sexed subjects, to trans/trans* identifications, discourses, and expressions—which we also assume to be valid and worthy of understanding and attention, whether coalitional and supportive or critical. Our panelists, who are thinkers, activists, artists, and scholars, will address the relationship between feminism and trans/trans* identifications and theories. Time will be allowed for extended discussion with the audience.

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Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council accepting applications

The LA City Human Relations Commission is accepting applications for candidates for its new Transgender Advisory Council.

APPLICATION

Thank you,

 

Shirin Buckman

Executive Director

City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women

200 North Spring St., Room 2111

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 978-1675

shirin.buckman@lacity.org

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Toward a genuinely intersectional trans feminism | new article by Talia Mae Bettcher

Toward a genuinely intersectional trans feminism

Intersexuality, Transgender, and Transsexuality

Talia Mae Bettcher

With all of this commotion about trans activists and feminism colliding, now seems like a perfectly good time to share my new chapter “Intersexuality, Transsexuality, Transgender.”

The title is not my fault. If I had named it, it might be called “Toward a Genuinely Intersectional Trans Feminism.” Think of the chapter like this: What if “Feminist Perspectives on Trans Issues” and “Trapped in the Wrong Theory” had a baby? It’s forthcoming in Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory (eds. Mary Hawkesworth and Lisa Jane Disch, Oxford University Press).

The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory (Forthcoming) Edited by Lisa Disch and Mary Hawkesworth

This essay discusses the complex relations between feminist theory and trans and intersex theory and politics. It charts the emergence of a “beyond-the binary” model of oppression that frames trans and intersex oppression in terms of a hostile binary—a binary that forces out anything in-between the categories male/man and female/woman. This chapter shows how this model has unfortunately resulted in political impasse, particularly in articulating a feminism that sees trans and intersex oppression as intersecting with sexist oppression. The chapter excavates and interrogates the roots of this model in, for example, the responses of Sandy Stone and Kate Bornstein to the transphobic feminism of Janice Raymond, and provides an alternative way of conceptualizing trans and intersex oppression more congenial to an intersectional framework. It proceeds by taking seriously a specific form of transphobic sexual violation, namely, “reality enforcement.”

download article [pdf]

http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com

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04/25/15: South L.A. Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community Forum: Centering Trans* Voices to Lead Change | Foro Comunitario Para la Comunidad Transgénero de Sur L.A.

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St. John’s Well Child and Family Center’s Transgender Health Advisory Board proudly presents the South Los Angeles Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community Forum: Centering Trans* Voices to Lead Change.

This open community forum will generate valuable input to create policy and systemic change for our communities in three areas:

  1. Health
  2. Safety
  3. Education and Employment

Please join us on Saturday, April 25th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM to come together as a community of trans and gender non-conforming folks with the shared goal of taking the steps and discussing strategies to create the change we want to see.

We are working in collaboration with the following community partners: Bienestar South Los Angeles, Gender Justice LA, Minority Aids Project, LGBT Center OC and the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.

Lunch will be provided for all participants.

RSVP: Felix Vargas | fvargas@wellchild.org (213) 514-1080

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La Mesa Directiva del Programa de Salud Transgénero de St. John’s Presenta: Foro Comunitario Para la Comunidad Transgénero de Sur Los Angeles. Centrado en Voces Trans* para liderar el cambio

Sábado, 25 de Abril, 2015

De 10:00am – 1:00pm

808 W. 58th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037

El foro comunitario va a generar una valiosa aportación a la creación de cambio de sistemas y de pólizas para la comunidad Transgénero y Género No Conforme en tres áreas:

  1.  Salud
  2. Seguridad
  3. Educación y el Trabajo

Almuerzo será proporcionado para tod@s los participantes.

Para información: Queen Victoria Ortega | qvortega@wellchild.org (213) 465-5263

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04/10/15: video of Michelle Enfield discussing TashaFaye Johnson’s death & info on her memorial service

a Native American transwoman, a member of our Los Angeles community died this week of AIDS.

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

Michelle Enfield addresses the L.A. Commission on HIV

https://vimeo.com/124638799 | video of Michelle Enfield addressing the Commission on HIV yesterday about the situation surrounding Tashe’s death, and here is the announcement for the memorial service of TasheFaye, about  whom Michelle spoke yesterday at the meeting.

Facebook event page

Today at 6:00pm – 8:00pm

APAIT

1730 W Olympic Blvd, Suite 300, Los Angeles, California 90015

A memorial to celebrate the life of TashaFaye Johnson, who died  on Tuesday evening, April 7, 2015 at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Come celebrate her life! You are welcome to join this memorial service this Friday, April 10 from 6pm-8pm.

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