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Today’s narratives about trans people tend to feature individuals with stable gender identities that fit neatly into the categories of male or female. Those stories, while important, fail to account for the complex realities of many trans people’s lives. In the past, historians have often focused primarily on people who were easy to classify, but maybe it’s time to admit that history is a lot less stable, binary, and white than we’ve been led to believe.
Join Kit Heyam as they reflect on the process of writing their recent book Before We Were Trans, a global history of gender nonconformity which calls for a new approach to trans history founded on an ethics of community, care and anti-racism. They’ll share the political and personal factors that shaped the book, and talk about why rethinking trans history is essential not just for historians, but for anyone fighting for trans liberation today. They’ll also discuss what it means to write an anti-racist trans history, and share stories of historical gender diversity from West Africa to North America.
This is a 60 minute lecture-based workshop with a time for discussion and questions. The workshop is open to everyone, and will be recorded. We’ll be sending a link to the video out to all ticketholders after the session, so you’ll be able to view the event even if you can’t participate on the day.
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Our workshops are held monthly.