#RaceAnd The Gender Binary

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The first recorded act of transphobic violence in the modern world was inflicted by a Spanish conquistador in Panama in 1513 on unarmed Indigenous people. Since that attack, parks, cities, and monuments have been built in that conqueror’s honor, while transgender and gender non-conforming people continue to be targeted by the regime of violence that he and others like him brought to our world.

Have you ever wondered why mainstream society reduces the full diversity of humanity to "two genders"? The answer has more to do with white supremacy and colonialism than you might think. This webinar is an introduction to the past and present connections between race, colonialism, and the gender binary. Through a race-explicit lens, participants will learn and discuss:

1. how racial hierarchies have evolved over time through gender violence

2. the stories of transgender and gender non-conforming African/Indigenous people who resisted colonialism and gender binary, beginning at least 400 before the Stonewall riots

3. educating and agitating to dismantle these systems through a Black queer feminist lens

Eliminating transphobia from our world requires examining not only bigotry, but also the political and material interests of wealthy and powerful people. By the end of this webinar, participants will have a better understanding of how the gender binary functions systemically to maintain white, wealthy, cisgender men and women at the top of a hierarchy of people.

Please join us for a lively and engaging discussion that hopefully will equip participants to name and fight this system. This webinar will be facilitated by Malcolm Shanks