International Trans Women of Color Gathering, Call for Participation!
Please share widely and with anyone you think will want to attend!
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International Trans Women of Color Network Gathering
@ Allied Media Conference 2014, Detroit, MI, June 19th, 2014
Call for Participation/Submissions
We know that trans women of color are magical, powerful, skilled and wise, yet there is still no international network joining us together to address the struggles we face. This network gathering seeks to change that. We are looking for people and organizations willing to…
– lead workshops and skillshares
– give short talks
– facilitate discussions
– lead visionary exercises
…to work towards building an international network of trans women of color! This will include discussions online and in your home town in the months leading up to the gathering where people can work towards a shared vision and goals statement for the network for participants to agree on.
We encourage submissions that are media-focused such as:
– Blogging Against Borders
– Social Media to Connect Us
– Theatre of the Oppressed
– Fashion Politics and Wearable Electronics
– Community Building through Performance
…although we welcome submissions of any topic relating to Trans Women of Color!
The format and content is being left purposefully open, since we want the content to be driven by the people who can attend. More than anything, this network gathering is about creating space for us to build bridges and make connections. The organizers do not want it to be just about what we are interested in. However, we do think that having a day to centre the people who need it the most is a great way to start. This means, we want proposals about ways of using media and technology in campaigns about sex work, violence, incarceration / prison abolition, health services, employment, immigration, rural experiences, disability, decolonization and more. The organizers of this network gathering are committed to creating accessible space by fundraising for travel costs, ASL interpretation and language translations as people indicate they are needed. This network gathering will have a safety team and safety plan to demonstrate, in a visionary way, the world we want to see. The emotional and physical safety of participants will be a central concern in our organizing.
Ways to submit: Apply through this Google form by Sunday, April 13th.
Please indicate if you need support for travel funding or if you work with an organization that can fund your travel. We will be fundraising and will be able to provide some travel support, but we are not sure how much yet. We are also looking for people interested in joining the coordinator team and helping to raise funds.
More about the International Trans Women of Color Network Gathering @ Allied Media Conference 2014, Detroit, MI, June 19, 2014
This network gathering will seek to connect diverse and dispersed trans women of colour so that we can begin to build the bridges, networks, and resources necessary to transform our communities using media and technology. Our network gathering will focus on sharing wisdom and skills between the Trans Women of Colour already living/working/existing on the front lines through a combination of workshops, skill shares, and networking activities. We hope that all of the people involved will walk away with not only the knowledge and connections needed to make change in their own communities, but with an international network of Trans Women of Colour that will aid us all in creating real and lasting change.
Trans Women of Colour exist at an intersection of oppression that has resulted in our high levels of poverty, unemployment, incarceration, death (Black and/or Latina trans women make the majority of names on the global Trans Day of Remembrance list), among other serious problems too numerous to name.
While we have intentionally chosen to use ‘Trans Women of Colour’ this Network Gathering is inclusive of non-binary trans feminine people of colour as well, which includes, but isn’t limited to, people of colour who identify as bakla, hijra, fa’fafine, third gender, genderqueer, provided that they/we understand that this gathering will focus on and centre the most vulnerable in our community — Black, Indigenous, and/or Latina trans women, binary or not, sex workers, incarcerated people, disabled people, immigrants.
If you or your organization can provide support for this effort and would like to be added to our list of supporters, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting People and Organizations
Gender Justice Los Angeles
Janet Mock, #GirlsLikeUs
micha cárdenas, Local Autonomy Networks
UC Santa Cruz, Cantú Center
And many more to come!
Lexi Adsit is an activist, scholar, and femme goddess. She recently completed her BA in Women & Gender Studies at San Francisco State University. Founded and Chaired the Queer Yo Mind Conference at San Francisco State University for 2 years. She has presented her academic work on Trans Women of Color at various conferences.
b. binaohan is the transpinay editor of biyuti publishing, dialectrix of ill repute and infamy. keeper of the secret archives. mysterious as the dark side of the moon.
micha cárdenas is an artivist, hacktivist, poet, performer, student, educator, mixed-race trans femme latina who works at the intersection of movement, technology and politics. http://michacardenas.org
Luna Merbruja is a magical gurl college dropout, badass bruja, xingona. Poet, performer, and author of Trauma Queen.
Sam Maria Andazola was born and raised on the US/Mexico border, and was taught to always put familia and comunidad first.