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from Chanelle and Savannah:
A group of so-called “radical feminists” are coming to Toronto July 5-7, including those who have denied that 2-Spirit women, trans women and sex workers are real women, even claiming that we are at fault for male violence we have experienced and who have themselves harassed, bullied and abused members of our communities. However, on July 2 a fierce, beautiful and badass group of us are standing up for women’s solidarity and speaking back.
These radical feminist events are concerning to many women whose lives may be affected by the politics put forward– including the authors of this piece. One of us, Chanelle, is a feminist writer and sex worker rights activist with Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, while the other, Savannah, is a feminist writer and trans activist. One of us is cis and the other is trans. We stand together in our concerns about supposedly feminist politics that denies sex-working women their own voice, denies 2-spirit and trans women their womanhood, and constantly reduces feminism to purely reactionary politics.
The fact is that sex working, 2-Spirit and trans women’s communities are strong feminist leaders, thinkers and community architects, skilled at surviving and subverting sexism–including racist and colonial-sexism–and on July 2 we are bringing our communities together to define our own lives, our own boundaries and to envision/remember feminisms that do better for all of us. We’ll be gathering community leaders such as legendary artist and activist Mirha-Soleil Ross, community leader Monica Forrester (2-Spirit trans women and sex workers who created many of the first programs and services for trans people in Toronto) as well LA-based artist and activist micha cárdenas, beloved powerhouse Kim Katrin Crosby and the amazing Eagle Woman Singerz for art performance, an innovative anti-violence workshop, film and discussion.
Trans, 2-Spirit or cis, sex working or not, we know that women are strongest when we stand together!
presented by Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project
RECLAIMING REVOLUTION: SEX WORKING, 2 SPIRITED, TRANS* FEMINISTS RISE UP!
Tuesday July 2 | 519 Community Centre | Free
5-6:30PM MOVEMENTS THAT KEEP US SAFE: AN ANTI-VIOLENCE SKILLSHARE w/ micha cárdenas. ***This workshop is intended for 2 spirited people of all genders, trans* women and sex working women***
7-7:30 PM LEAVING EVIDENCE: A COMMUNITY ARCHIVING PROJECT. Queer and Trans young people from The People Project will conduct short video interviews about how you identify & what feminism looks like to YOU!
Anonymity is available. OPEN TO ALL
7:30 PM PERFORMANCES, FILM AND PANEL
OPEN TO ALL
-Eagle Woman Singerz
-Mirha-Soleil Ross performing an excerpt from her acclaimed play “Yapping Out Loud: Contagious Thoughts From An Unrepentant Whore”
Kim Katrin Crosby
-Short film on “Ho Feminism” (captioned)
-Closing Performance by… to be announced!
ASL interpretation for panel and performances | Wheelchair accessible | ttc tokens available to Maggie’s lounge members | watch online! check our facebook or website for livestreaming details