Trap Door: In Conversation with Miss Major and CeCe McDonald

Panel Discussion | April 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center (Room 220)

 KERBY LYNCH, PhD Student at Berkeley; Eric Stanley, Assistant Professor at Berkeley; CeCe Mcdonald, Abolitionist; Miss Major, Trans Elder

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

When: April 9, 2019
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Multicultural Community Center at UC Berkeley
(2495 Bancroft Way, Suite #220 Berkeley, California 94720)
*ADA Accessible

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Join us for a conversation on the anthology "Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility" (MIT 2017)!

This conversation is a follow up from the 2018 Lecture titled “The Black Trans* Matrix” where Juliana Huxtable delivered a Keynote about the “trap door” of Trans*Visibility. Jasmine Infiniti also spoke about the power of cultural production and nightlife to bring about radical community. In this panel, we will discuss the contemporary moment in which “gender mainstreaming” erases the fundamental struggle against growing regimes of confinement and exploitation of Trans*bodies. Hearing from two Icons and Abolitionist, the conversation will center on the urgency of contesting the carceral state in our everyday lives starting within the realm of representation. We invite community members, artist, radical queers, abolitionist and organizers to engage in a thought provoking dialogue amongst the panelist.

featuring :
Miss Major is a veteran of the infamous Stonewall Riots, former sex worker, and survivor of Attica State Prison, transgender elder and activist Miss Major has fought for over 40 years to create visibility and equity for trans women of color. Miss Major has built a global legacy of activism that is rooted in her own experiences, and will continue to pave the way for transgender women of color, particularly those who have survived incarceration and police brutality.

CeCe McDonald is a transgender activist and revered icon of the LGBTQ community. She captured international recognition in 2011 after surviving a white supremacist and transphobic attack, later receiving a second-degree manslaughter conviction and serving 19 months in prison simply for defending herself.

Moderated By:
Kerby Lynch: PhD student in Geography, UC Berkeley
Eric Stanley, Assistant Professor, Gender & Women's Studies, UC Berkeley

Accessibility information:
The venue is in a building that is up 5 steps. There is an ADA compliant ramp built into the stairs and there is also elevator access to the room through the campus bookstore and the Basement floor (entrance on Bancroft).

There are two (binary gendered) bathrooms fairly close to the room, there are grab bars in each (with no added impediments, like furniture). There are no sharp containers in either, that we could find. However, there are gender-neutral bathrooms accessible via elevator on the fourth floor.

*As it’s a public building at a university the space is not scent-free/ lower-scent. They, like most public spaces, use industrial cleaners. However, we do encourage people to come scent-free.

*Inside the room there are a variety of moveable seats, included padded benches and folding chairs.

*If ASL interpretation is requested, please email by April 1.

*For disability related accommodations, please see with as much notice as possible.

Sponsored By:
Townsend Center for the Humanities, Haas Institute’s LGBTQ Citizenship Cluster, Center for Race and Gender, The Big C Initiative, Queer/Trans* Advocacy Project of the Graduate Assembly, Zawadi: Black LGBT Community at CAL, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

Free and Open to the Public
Seating based on first-come, first-serve. This event will be full, please attempt to come early.

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