This Year's Trans Week

The Eighth Annual

Trans/gender Awareness Week at Yale

November 2-16, 2010

Sponsored by the Office of LGBTQ Resources, the Yale LGBT Co-op, and the Intercultural Affairs Council

With questions, please contact us.  To learn more about previous Trans Weeks, see here.

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Trans/gender Awareness Week at Yale


Trans 101 Workshop

Tuesday, November 2, 9pm

Dwight Hall Library, 67 High St. 

Never heard the word "trans" before?  Wondering what it's short for?  Looking for a crash course on gender identity and expression?  Come join the Peer Liaisons for the Office of LGBTQ Resources for their weekly discussion series as they team up with the coordinators of Trans/gender Awareness Week at Yale for a basic workshop on transgender and gender non-conforming identities.  Allies more than welcome!

*Part of the Weekly Peer Liaison discussion series aimed at first-year Yale students*

Co-sponsored by the Peer Liaisons from the Office of LGBTQ Resources


Sylvia Rivera Law Project Gender, Identity, and the Law

Wednesday, November 3, 7pm

Afro-American Cultural Center Game Room, 211 Park St.

Gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice.  Transgender, transsexual, intersex and other gender non-conforming people face persistent and severe discrimination in employment, education, health care, social and legal services, criminal justice and many other realms.  Simultaneously, all low-income people, and particularly those in communities of color, are suffering from the severe cutbacks to anti-poverty programs, increasing militarization of the police, and rising rates of incarceration.  Low income people and people of color who experience gender identity discrimination are particularly vulnerable in this climate.  Join us as the SRLP conducts an introductory workshop on gender, identity, and the law.

Co-sponsored by the Afro-American Cultural Center and the Women Faculty Forum.

Under Our Skin Opening Reception

a photo project by Ric Hernandez and Mariana Arjona-Soberón

Thursday, November  4, 7-9pm (on display until Nov. 16)

On display until November 16

Afro-American Cultural Center Gallery, 211 Park St.

All people have an experience of gender, in terms of what it is, what we consider our gender to be, and an experience of gender dissonance between what society tells us we should be and what we feel we are.  Even when individuals are “gender-conforming,” we all have an idea of what we see as the best way to represent ourselves in the world that may not fit the generic mold we were given.  Under Our Skin examines how we ourselves deal with this, through how we dress, act and present ourselves in the every day world.  Come check out the first ever photography exhibit commissioned as part of Trans Week and carried out beautifully by Ric, Mariana, and their participants, all of whom come from within the Yale student body.

Co-sponsored by the Afro-American Cultural Center and the Sudler Fund.


Headline Event:

Kimberly Peirce, director of the Oscar winning film Boys Don't Cry

         Master’s Tea

                  Friday, November 5, 4pm

                  Silliman College Master's House

         Stop-Loss screening

                  Friday, November 5, 7pm

                  Silliflicks Movie Theater (Silliman College)

         Boys Don't Cry screening

                  Saturday, November 6, 7pm

                  Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall St.

         Q&A and Reception

                  Saturday, November 6, 9pm

                  Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall St.

Trans/gender Awareness Week at Yale is honored to present Kimberly Peirce, director of the Oscar-winning film Boys Don't Cry, for a Silliman Master's Tea as well as screenings of both of her films, Boys Don't Cry and Stop-Loss.

Boys Don't Cry is based on the true story of Brandon Teena, a transgender man played by Hilary Swank in an Oscar-winning performance, who begins dating a local young woman after moving to the small town of Falls City, Nebraska.  One of the most controversial and talked-about films of 1999, Boys Don't Cry is a powerful testament about hope, fear, and the courage it takes to be yourself.

Stop-Loss is a critically-acclaimed depiction of an Iraq War veteran who returns from a completed tour of duty only to find that he has arbitrarily been ordered back to duty.  Another film delving deeply into issues of gender and masculinity, Stop-Loss stars Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Abbie Cornish, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Co-sponsored by Silliman College, the Film Studies Program, Films at the Whitney, the Yale School of Drama, the Yale College Dean's Office, the Yale University Office of the President, and the Office of the Associate Dean for the Arts.

Anti-Violence Project  Sexualization and Anti-Trans Violence

Sunday, November 7, 4:30pm

Women's Center, 198 Elm St.

The New York City Anti-Violence Project was founded in 1980 in reaction to neighborhood incidents of anti-LGBT violence and the failure of the criminal legal system to respond.  AVP is dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities through counseling, advocacy, organizing, and public education.  For this year's Trans/gender Awareness Week, please join us as the AVP conducts a unique workshop on sexualization and anti-trans violence.

Co-sponsored by the Yale SHARE Center, Fierce Advocates, and the Women Faculty Forum.


Julia Serano  Putting the Feminine Back Into Feminism

Monday, November 8, 5pm talk / 6:30pm dinner

WLH 309, 100 Wall St. (talk) and Davenport dining hall (dinner*) 

As a feminist, biologist and femme-identified trans woman, Julia has a unique perspective on feminine gender expression.  In this talk, she moves beyond questions of “nature vs. nurture,” and challenges the popular tendency in our culture to denigrate and sexualize feminine gender expression.  In addition to critiquing both sexist and certain feminist interpretations of femininity, Julia offers new potential directions for femme politics and activism.

*If you are not on the meal plan but would like to attend the dinner, please email to see if there are still seats available.*

Co-sponsored by the Bruce L. Cohen '83 Fund, the Women's Center, Davenport College, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and Pi Beta Phi Sorority.


Femininitea and Pronoun Workshop with JAC Stringer

Tuesday, November 9, 5pm Femininitea / 9pm Pronoun Workshop

Women’s Center, 198 Elm St. 

A punky genderqueer with a fabulous aura, JAC Stringer is a leading activist in the GID reform movement, a strong advocate for sexual assault awareness, and an active advocate for comprehensive sex education.  He has founded and lead several queer activist movements, education projects, and organizations, including The GenderQueer Coalition, GenderBloc, and the Midwest Trans and Queer Wellness Initiative.  As a performer, JAC has done genderbending dance, drag, spoken word, and performance art both as a solo performer and as a member of a professional drag troupe, The Black Mondays.  Come join us to hear JAC talk about his life, his work, and his experiences as part of the Femininitea and to participate in his uniquely designed workshop about proper pronoun usage and respect!

Co-sponsored by the Bruce L. Cohen '83 Fund and the Women's Center, with help in kind provided by Jonathan Edwards College.


YPU Debate with Jennifer Levi

Resolved: Institute Gender-Based Affirmative Action

Wednesday, November 10, 7:30pm

LC 102, 63 High St.

Join Trans Week at the November 10th YPU Debate, as Jennifer Levi, the Director of the Transgender Rights Project at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders of Boston, argues that, while gender is fixed and generally impervious to change, legal frameworks should be designed to disregard gender except to the extent that they are needed to redress historical sex discrimination.

Co-sponsored by the Yale Political Union.


Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible

a one-man show by Peterson Toscano

Thursday, November 11, 7pm

Joseph Slifka Center Chapel, 80 Wall St.

In this one-person play, theatrical performance activist Peterson Toscano unearths transgender Bible characters those people who do not fit in the gender binary and who, in transgressing and transcending gender, find themselves at the center of some of the Bible's most important stories.  Drawing on inspiration from interviews with transgender and genderqueer individuals, Toscano weaves their experiences into the stories of transgender and gender-variant people from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

Co-sponsored by the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale and the Yale University Chaplain's Office.


Susan Stryker  Christine in the Cutting Room: Christine Jorgensen's Transsexual Celebrity and Cinematic Embodiment

Friday, November 12, 5pm                                   

HGS 211, 320 York St.

Most people who have heard of Christine Jorgensen know her as a transsexual celebrity from the 1950s; fewer are aware that she was also a photographer, filmmaker, and editor.  Dr. Stryker’s talk revolves around a remark Jorgensen made to journalist Mike Wallace--that she "used to work on one side of the camera because she didn't know how to appear on the other side"--to explore her movement from one kind of "cutting room" to another. In this talk, Dr. Stryker will situate the emergence of transsexuality at the intersection of two distinct "technologies of gender," one having to do with somatic transformation, and the other with the production and circulation of visual images. 

Co-sponsored by the Bruce L. Cohen '83 Fund, the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities, the LGBTQ Affinity Group, Yale GALA, and Timothy Dwight College.


Drag Ball (student ID required)

Saturday, November 13, 11pm-2am

Student performances at 11:45pm

The Cavity, 216 Dwight St.

It's that time of year again!  Come join us at the WYBC house for our annual Drag Ball  a night of dancing, drag, and dramatic performances.  A photographer from Q, Yale's new LGBTQ student magazine, will be present to take pictures of those who desire them.  Student performances will take place at 11:45pm.  If you are interested in performing, please contact Yoshi at  Drag attire highly encouraged! 

Sponsored by the LGBT Co-op, the Bad Romantics, and WYBC


Emi Koyama  Transgender "Inclusion," or Demilitarizing the Borderlands of the Binary Gender System

Monday, November 15, 5pm

HGS 211, 320 York St. 

Emi Koyama is a multi-issue social justice activist and author synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics.  Her talk is a critique of the “inclusion” model of transgender activism, which promotes individuals’ rights to self-define who they are while leaving the larger structure of the binary gender system mostly intact, only creating room for minor “exceptions.”  As the title suggests, the talk also introduces the concept of borderlands, which Gloria Anzaldúa describes as a “vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary” in her book Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. In her talk, Emi will draw on this parallel view of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and the borderlands created by the boundaries of race, gender and sexuality.

Co-sponsored by the Bruce L. Cohen '83 Fund, the Ethnicity, Race & Migration Department, MEChA, and Timothy Dwight College.


F to eMbody: a reconstruction of gender

to be followed by a DRAMATalkback with the performers, Athens Boys Choir and Katastrophe

Tuesday, November 16, 7pm

Cresent Underground Theater (Morse College)

Katastrophe is a genre-busting, emo-hop MC, whose stunning lyrical skills merge with beats that slide from slick to raw to solid to eccentric.  Athens Boys Choir is a gender-deviant, multi-media, spoken-word / homo-hop extravaganza.  F to eMbody is their collaborative effort to bring Trans art and visibility to new audiences.

Co-sponsored by Theater Studies, the Yale Dramat, and Morse College.

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