The last few weeks have been particularly exhilarating for those of us work on trans liberation and gender self determination.
After I attended Janet Mock’s book release for Redefining Release I watched my friend’s work get the attention and platform it deserves while also witnessing her shut down Piers Morgan and give him some generous and much needed schooling on how trans lives matter!
But that was just the beginning. Following Janet’s release of her now New York Times bestselling book, many of us held a huge Valentine’s Day protest at New York State Department Of Health Manhattan headquarters. Needless to say it was an incredible success thanks to the support of community members, Trans Justice of the Audre Lorde Project, Make the Road, Trans Women of Color Coalition and Trans Latinas! Hundreds of people including NYS Senator Brad Hoylman joined the already thousands of people calling on Governor Coumo and Commissioner Shah to repeal the medicaid regulation that denies trans and gender non conforming people healthcare. If you weren’t able to make it you can still take action by visiting our healthcare campaign page here.
The following week CeCe McDonald paid NYC a visit with fellow MN activist Rai’vyn Cross. CeCe joined SRLP’s Alisha Williams and Laverne Cox on Democracy Now! for a show that so many of us put work into. You can watch that episode below!
And at the end of that very long day Dean Spade, Cece and I filmed our follow up to the No One Is Disposable conversation hosted by Barnard College Center for Research on Women. Stay tuned for the release of that video.
With the movement for gender self determination and trans liberation garnering much deserved attention and a seemingly wider platform I believe its vital for all of us to uphold the lives who helped create this moment but may never be seen in mainstream media. For me this means centering the many members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Prisoner Advisory Committee who sustain our work.
That’s what I value most about how I’ve center my life in this moment & movement for trans liberation: no one is disposable, in fact all of us are crucial to making trans liberation and gender self determination as irresistible and fabulous as it can be! With that in mind I invite you to celebrate and support this work at SRLP’s Small Works For Big Change party and art auction on March 8th featuring the work of artists in the Prison Advisory Committee as well as many many more. Check out details here, it’s by far my favorite art party.
Hope to see you there!