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Being Street: The Evidence of Trans Experience
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 04:00pm
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The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies invites you to attend a virtual lecture

pdfBeing Street: The Evidence of Trans Experience

presented by

Dr. Jules Gill-Peterson
Associate Professor

Department of English
Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Registration required here

Abstract: This talk interrogates the idealizing separation of, and desired succession from, bodies of subjugating knowledge to vernacular trans lived experience as more truthful historical evidence. Focusing on figural and ephemeral poor trans women of color in the 1960s whose lives transpired primarily on the street, who did sex work, and who formed social bonds to address violence as well as transition DIY, I argue that the authoritative archives of transsexual medicine, social services and the police, and the political reclamation of trans people telling their own stories all participate in the construction of trans women of color’s “experience,” rather than the former serving as its occlusion and the latter its salvation.

Being Street The Evidence of Trans Experience