Feminist Activist Forum
A Transgender and Intersex Learning Exchange:
Feminism and Gender & Sex Diversity.
12- 6.30pm, Saturday 12th July, Lambeth Women's Project, 166a Stockwell Road, London SW9 9TQ. Nearest Tube: Brixton.
FAF are presenting a learning exchange on trans and intersex issues and their relationship to feminism. The relationship between feminism and transgender in particular has not been a smooth one in the history of feminist activism. This learning exchange is geared toward people who may be unsure of the importance or relevance of transgender to feminism, particularly from an intergenerational perspective.
This event has been organised by a collective of trans and non-trans feminists, and trans-people will be actively involved in the running of the day, including speaking at and facilitating sessions.
We want this to be a safe space for people from all backgrounds/feminist perspectives to come together, ask questions, exchange ideas, make mistakes, learn, create, and build alliances.
12.15 Welcome to FAF and Safer Spaces Guidelines
12.30 PANEL: Everything you ever wanted to know about transgender issues but were afraid to ask
Speakers: Debbie, Col (film-maker), and Helen G (f-word blogger). Chair: Sophie.
An introduction to 'transgender' issues and the opportunity to listen to trans men and women's stories and experiences. This session will incorporate a Q&A session, where questions can be posed anonymously as well as openly, and a screening of the short-film 'The Jar'.
Chance to have a natter and check out the artwork and resources.
2.15 PANEL: Second Wave Feminists talk out loud about transgender
Radical feminists have long known the benefits of organising autonomously from men in their grassroots activism. Facilitated by Gail (The Feminist Library), this panel sees Second Wave Feminists share their different experiences and ideas about women-only space and the question of transgender recognition. Speakers include Carol (a socialist-radical feminist).
3.45 WORKSHOP: Sex Diversity: The spectrum of sex beyond 'male' and 'female'
It is often taken for granted that there are only two sexes: male and female. This workshop, with Marcus and Daniel (a former biologist), explores the diversity of sexed experience. Come and learn about the spectrum of sexes and place yourself somewhere along the continuum.
5.15 DISCUSSION: Beyond the Binary: What are the feminist implications?
This session will ask: how have trans-gendered and gender variant people influenced feminism? What is feminism's relationship to binary structures- such as man/woman - - and how are binaries related to other hierarchical power structures in society? What are the links between trans-liberation struggles and the demands of the Women's Liberation Movement? Opportunities for creative responses and manifesto writing aplenty. Facilitated by diy activists Debi, Kris and Sherry.
6.30 Film Screening tbc
Please get in touch if you want to be involved- as a speaker, facilitator, film-maker, artist or if you wanna contribute something for our new trans-zine! If you are press please contact us for guidelines of the day (as part of FAF's safer spaces policy and the requests of some participants). This event is free and open to feminists of all genders. Lunch will be provided - food/money donations welcome.
Our venue is accessible by wheelchair but the toilet is not adapted and space is quite tight. We are endeavoring to find future spaces in London that are free/very cheap and fully accessible. If you have ideas please get in touch! Please contact us if you have creche needs or any other accessibility questions.