The Struggle for Trans Liberation
Perspectives on a Marxist Approach

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017

Despite winning important victories in recent years, and despite marked changes in social attitudes, transgender people continue to be highly vulnerable to discrimination and violence. In 2016, according to the Human Rights Campaign, advocates tracked at least 22 deaths of transgender people in the U.S. due to fatal violence, the most ever recorded. This violence, which is under-recorded, disproportionately affects trans women of color. With Donald Trump in office, the hard-fought gains that have been won are coming under increased attack at the state and national level. Transgender people have been integral to the fight for sexual liberation, but their involvement and contribution to the struggle has often been under-recognised. This talk will analyze the nature of transgender oppression, and what it will take to achieve a society without transphobia, where people are free to choose their gender expression without fear of social stigma, discrimination, or violence.

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