Visiting Scholar: Reina Gossett on Trans Feminine BIPOC History, Resistance, and Prison Abolition
Date: 7:00pm PDT March 17, 2016 Location: Templeton Campus Center
Templeton Campus Center
The Queer Student Union, in collaboration with the Campus Activity Board, Office of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement, Ray Warren Symposium, and the Finance Committee are honored to present an evening with activist, artist, historian, writer, and educator Reina Gossett!!
Reina is an exciting presence to have on campus; she is the 2014-2016 Activist-In-Residence at Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women, the previous membership director of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and has been involved in both Queers for Economic Justice and Critical Resistance (among a few names). Reina has been invited to and invovled in a profound number of insitutions, conferences, protests, video-series, and publications.She is currently directing and producing a much-anticipated film called Happy Birthday Marsha! “detailing the lives of Sylvia Rivera (and) Marsha P Johnson in the hours leading up to the Stonewall Riots of 1969”. Her work is at the forefront of critical discussions on Black feminism, transgender justice, state violence, prison abolition, and so much more.
This lecture will center on trans, gender nonconforming, and queer feminine people of color’s legacy in the queer movement as we know it today and why prison abolition is galvanized by that (and a much-longer) history.
Accesibility: this show is FREE to all LC students and the Portland-community. The space is wheelchair accessible, not-scent free, and one bathroom will be made gender neutral directly outside the Council Chambers.