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.


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


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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.”

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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.


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


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


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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04/18/15: 1er. Dia Internacional de Sobrevivientes Transgenero

¡Saludos a tod@s! (English below)

De parte del LA LGBT Center, CHIRLA, CARECEN, y Bienestar, estamos emocionados en anunciar un evento enfocado en sanar, empoderar, crear comunidad, marchar, y celebrar.

Que:  1er Día Internacional de Sobrevivientes Transgénero

Cuando:  18 de abril, 1-6pm

Donde:  Programa en CARECEN (2845 W 7th St), marcha a MacArthur Park, donde habrá música y comida gratis en el parque.

Quien:  ¡Tod@s son bienvenid@s! Comunidad transgénero, aliados, familias y amistades.

Organizado por: LA LGBT Center, CHIRLA, CARECEN, y Bienestar

Tabling: Tendremos una feria de recursos. Cualquier organización que provee servicios a sobrevivientes trans (la mayoría de nosotros) están bienvenidos en tener una mesa en el evento. Esto puedo incluir: salud y bienestar, asistencia con vivienda, jóvenes, u otros tipos de apoyo. Las horas serán de 12:30pm (set-up) y 3:30pm (take down). Es preferible que l@s que estén dando información hablen Español y provean información en Español.   Por favor manden un correo electrónico a cargyros@lalgbtcenter.org antes de el 3 de abril para asegurar su lugar.

Marcha: Estaremos marchando de CARECEN a MacArthur Park empezando a las 4pm y necesitamos que organizaciones y aliados se unan a marchar. ¡Marchamos contra la violencia y celebrando la vida!  Si su organización puede unirse a la marcha, por favor mándenos un correo con el número de personas que marcharan. Si pueden proveer recursos y marchar, seria ideal!

La audiencia principal para este evento es la comunidad trans Latin@ inmigrante, sus familias y amistades. Entonces la mayoría del evento será en Español. Para los que no hablan español, también están bienvenid@s! Una sonrisa es universal 🙂

El volante esta adjunto a este correo. Por favor ayúdenos en correr la voz. ¡Muchas gracias!

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04/18/15: 1st International Day of Transgender Survivors

Hello All!

On behalf of the LGBT Center, CHIRLA, CARECEN, and BIENESTAR, we are excited to announce an amazing upcoming event focused on healing, empowerment, community, and celebration.

What:   The First International Day of Transgender Survivors

When:  April 18th, 1 – 6pm

Where:   Program at CARACEN (2845 W 7th St), procession to MacArthur Park, followed by music and (free) food in the park



Tabling:  We will have a resource fair. Any organizations that provide services to trans survivors/victims (which is most of us) are welcome to have a table at the event.  This may include: immigration, health and wellness, housing assistance, or other support. Tabling hours will be 12:30 set up – 3:30pm take down.  Please email cargyros@lalgbtcenter.org by April 3 to secure a tabling spot. It is preferred that those tabling speak Spanish and provide info in Spanish.

March: We will be marching from CARECEN to MacArthur Park at 4pm and we need organizations and allies to join us! We march against violence and celebrating life! If your organization can join the march, please let us know via email how many folks can join. If you can table at the resource fair AND march, that would be great!

The primary audience for the event is the trans Latin@ community and family and friends.  Therefore the event will be primarily in Spanish.  For those who don’t speak Spanish well, you are welcome!  A smile is universal 🙂


In Peace and Solidarity –

Mariana and the organizing team

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03/20 /15 “spring into love” #translivesmatter demonstration in Los Angeles VIDEO

03/20 /15 “spring into love” #translivesmatter demonstration in Los Angeles

Spring Into Love #translivesmatter demonstration from Susan Forrest on Vimeo.

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please support Biyuti Press (run by and for trans women of color)

Biyuti Press is run by and for trans women of color. It is the only press of its kind. Please support!

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02/06/15: Katya De La Riva service & vigil

10438572_10153009950541119_8199852017722621734_nHere is info for the services for Katya De La Riva

The Vigil will be Friday Feb 6th, 2015 from 5:30 PM –  8:00 PM
Funeraria Latino Americana
355  W Cerritos Ave
Anaheim, CA 92805

The Mass will be Saturday Feb 7th,2015 @ 12 Noon
Iglesia  St Norbert
300 E Taft Ave
Orange, CA 92865

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