Archive | March, 2012

Resisting Amnesia had a huge influence on my understanding of historicizing processes and my writing about STAR and Sylvia Rivera. So I was sad to learn on the same day both that Adrienne Rich passed away and that she helped edit & is thanked in the acknowledgement section of infamous The Transsexual Empire: The Making […]

I first encountered Ralph Lemon’s collaborative performance with 102 year old Walter Carter (above) How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? in the fall of the 2010 at Brooklyn Academy of Music.  It was a part lecture and part dance piece about “how you watch something disappear” and the […]

SUPERPARADISE come all thru, boy or girl its all up to you! See how happy you’ll be when you do the sex change with me! –Romy Haag “Super Paradise!” Romy Haag is a performer and former partner of David Bowie.  to learn more about her influence on David Bowie’s work check this website (TW some […]

As Black women we find any type of biological determinism a particularly dangerous and reactionary basis upon which to build a politic. We must also question whether Lesbian separatism is an adequate and progressive political analysis and strategy, even for those who practice it, since it so completely denies any but the sexual sources of […]

“Where the fuck am I ?? AND HOW DO I GET TO DETROIT?!” -Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip, “Black people were the first people to have thought!” (photo: Richard Pryor as the Wiz, from The Wiz)

Tupac was recorded giving a deposition while in Clinton Correctional Facility, when the family of a cop who got killed sued him, saying his music made young black people attack police. Q: I heard you say you also got a lot of unfavorable mail…? Tupac: Yeah, like this.  I got a lot of mail from […]

Ten Posts for Sylvia Rivera's Ten Year Memorial

Ten Posts for Sylvia Rivera’s Ten Year Memorial

The spirit was gone from her bodyForever had always been insideThat shell had always been intertwinedAnd now were disintwinedIt’s hard to understand — I am pursued by questions of historical process, of historical responsibility, questions of historical consciousness & ignorance & what these have to do with power. links: SYLVIA RIVERA 10 YEAR MEMORIAL  SYLVIA […]

Occupy Humor & Grief as Transformative Practices

Occupy Humor & Grief as Transformative Practices

to celebrate Captive Genders going into 2nd printing I am reposting my piece from about humor, magic & grief as prison abolitionist & transformative processes from the AK Press blog. Eric Stanley: …Reina if you could talk about some about the radical trans/queer organizing of today or of past historical moments you find inspiration in? […]