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Event: The Fully Functional Cabaret

The Fully Functional Cabaret

When: April 8, 2013. 8:00pm

WhereThe Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street).

The Fully Functional Cabaret, a thundrous, campy, beautiful love letter to trans womanhood written and produced by and starring an all-trans-woman cast; a peepshow into our hearts and voices.

Collaborative, full-length, community theater facilitated by Annie Danger with Star Amerasu, Ryka Aoki, Annie Danger, Red Durkin, Bryn Kelly, and Shawna Virago. This beautiful piece of community theater is brought to you by the minds that produced The Fresh Meat Festival, It’s That Easy! With Terry VanWeen!, The San Francisco Trans Film Fest, In Search of Geishaghost, The Gay Ole Opry, Red Durkin Is an Incredibly Funny Transsexual, and more.

The Fully Functional is a modern Vaudevillian cabaret; a full-length, theatrical production replete with musical numbers, deep audience participation, camp, terror, redemption, and more Reveals than you can shake a non-gender-specific stick at. Generated by an all-trans-woman cast, the content of this show takes the audience well past the skin-deep secrets and straight to the bone-deep truths of these six incredible, trans women. How do we get there? With riotous humor, T-ticket rides, song and dance, and wide-open hearts. Remember: in the end, Everybody’s Benjamin is Hairy…


Event: Jeanne Vaccaro on Brian Weil’s Video Art

Brian Weil Gallery Talk with

Penn GSWS PostDoc Jeanne Vaccaro

When: Wednesday Feb. 27, 6:30 pm

Where: Institute of Contemporary Art (118 S. 36th St.)

Cost: FREE!

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Brian Weil’s prescient video project, Susan, unflinchingly follows its subject through the clinical and emotional processes of her gender transformation. Join Jeanne Vaccaro, Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Sexuality Studies (2012-2014) in a discussion on transgender aesthetics and representational politics within the Weil installation.

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Jeanne Vaccaro received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University and B.A. in Women’s Studies at Smith College. She works at the intersections of feminist art historical practice, affect, and queer theory. Her book project, “Handmade: the Everyday Feelings and Textures of Transgender Embodiment,” is an interdisciplinary study of transgender performance art and visual culture. In 2010 she edited “The Transbiological Body,” a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory on transgender and queer reproductive ecologies. “Felt Matters,” her essay about the handcrafted politics of Emmett Ramdstad’s fiber artworks, will be published in The Transgender Studies Reader II (2012, Routledge).

Image: Brian Weil, Transvestite Safe-sex Outreach Worker, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, (Description: transvestite, roadside with purse, Series: AIDS), 1987, gelatin silver print, 31.3 x 31.3 inches. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: On extended loan from Kenneth C. Weil.

Event: THE COLLECTION: short fiction from the transgender vanguard

THE COLLECTION: short fiction from the transgender vanguard

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Kelly Writer’s House, 3805 Locust Walk

THE COLLECTION is the first compilation of literary fiction featuring transgender protagonists.  While transgender authors have long participated in thriving arts communities, never before has a single volume sought to gather literary fiction along this theme.  “The writers chosen for THE COLLECTION represent some of the best trans work that is being done in North America within this genre,” said co-editor Tom Léger, “and putting them all together in one place is an unprecedented step forward as a unified movement.”  Among the authors are Carter Sickels (“The Evening Hour” Bloomsbury USA 2012), Ryka Aoki (“Seasonal Velocities” Trans-Genre Press 2012), Everett Maroon (“Bumbling Into Body Hair” Booktrope 2012), Susan Jane Bigelow (“Broken” Candlemark & Gleam 2011), Casey Plett (McSweeney’s), and Katherine Scott Nelson (“Have You Seen Me” CCLAP 2011, Lambda Literary Finalist).  After an international search lasting 16 months, a total of 28 authors from the US and Canada were chosen to contribute fiction to THE COLLECTION.  Their work represents not only an array of gender identities, but also narrative styles.

Topside Press, founded in 2011, is a new independent press with the intent of publishing authentic transgender narratives.  Visit www.topsidepress.com.

Event: Health & Wellness Education Prog for Trans Women


Every Tuesday, January 29-March 5
Philadelphia AIDS Consortium (112 N. Broad St.), 5th Floor Conference Room
This free six-week class will give Transgender women a basic education in various health topics, all aimed at increasing their overall health and wellness. The topics discussed have been pinpointed as the most pertinent health topics for Transgender women. This training will provide a strong platform from which they can begin to make healthy choices for themselves in the future. This program is for Transgender women ONLY. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Contact Deepa Kamarsu or Yoshi Yamasaki for more information.

Event: Dean Spade on “Critical Trans Politics, Violence and Law”

I am SUPER excited to announce that Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, will be speaking next week on “Critical Trans Politics, Violence and Law”. Spade’s activist, academic, and community organizing work has been enormously influential in anti-racist, feminist, queer, trans, economic justice, and prison abolition social justice movements.

When: January 31, 5-6:30 pm

Where: Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Cost: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC–tell community members, friends, partners, family, activists, artists, and all those working for broad-scale grassroots radical social change


Is changing the law the best way to make things better for marginalized groups? Has anti-discrimination law effectively addressed racism, sexism, and ableism over the last decades? How do we account for stagnating wages, a growing wealth gap, drastic expansions of criminalization and immigration enforcement in the national story that we’ve all become equal under the law in recent decades? Dean uses critical race theory, women of color feminism, and other intellectual traditions to analyze the role of law reform in contemporary queer and trans politics. He examines the poverty, violence, criminalization and immigration enforcement facing trans populations, and questions the utility of anti-discrimination law and hate crimes laws for addressing these harms. He proposes that a critical trans politics is emerging that rejects law reform as a goal and engages tactically with legal work as it attempts to dismantle apparatuses of racialized-gendered violence like prisons and borders and build alternative structures that meaningfully address contemporary conditions of poverty and violence.

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Dean Spade is Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law. Spade has taught classes on sexual orientation, gender identity, poverty and law at the City University of New York (CUNY), Seattle University, Columbia University, and Harvard University. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a collective that provides free legal services and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. Spade is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law (South End Press, 2011).

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For more info, go here.

Event: Captive Genders: Teach-In on Abolitionist Imaginings & Transgender Activism

Captive Genders: Teach-In on Abolitionist Imaginings and Transgender Activism


Tuesday, February 5, 2013 – 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Penn Women’s Center, 3643 Locust Walk

Join us for an afternoon of documentary films profiling activists Kiyoshi Kuromyia and Marsha P. Johnson followed by a teach-in with activists Reina and Che Gossett about prison abolition and legacies of transgender activism.

NB: Films will be screened from 1:30-3:00 pm; teach-in/discussion 3-4:30 pm. 

Reina Gossett lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and believes creativity & imagination are vital in movements for self determination.  She is a trans activist & artist, working as membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and blogging at thespiritwas.tumblr.com.  Reina’s work has been featured in Barnard College’s The Scholar & Feminist Online, as well as Captive Genders: Trans Embodiement & The Prison Industrial Complex, Post Post Script Press and Randy Magazine.

Che Gossett is a member of ACT UP Philadelphia, on the steering committee of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, a board member with the Sex Worker Outreach Project and has been involved in queer and/or trans and gender nonconforming decriminalization, decarceration and prison industrial complex abolitionist organizing. Che is currently working on a biography of queer AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya.