Award Winners 2005

2005 Sylvia Rivera Award Winner
Sally Hines received the 2005 Sylvia
Rivera Award in Transgender
Studies for her article, “’I am a
Feminist but…’: Transgender Men,
Women and Feminism,” which was
published in Different Wavelengths:
Studies of the Contemporary Women’s
Movement (2005). The article
examines the relationship between
gender diversity and feminist theory
and activism, and argues for stronger
links between feminism and
transgender politics. Hines is a
Research Fellow in the School of
Sociology and Social Policy at the
University of Leeds, UK. For her Ph.D.
she conducted a qualitative study that
explored transgender practices of
identity, intimacy and care. She has
published a number of journal articles
and book chapters on transgender
practices of identity and intimacy, and
is currently revising her thesis for the
publication of a research monograph
entitled “(Trans)Forming Gender:
Transgender Practices of Identity,
Intimacy and Care.” Hines’s current
research examines the impact of
recent UK legislation – the “Gender
Recognition Act” (2004) – upon
transgender practices of identity and
The Sylvia Rivera Award in
Transgender Studies, which honors the
memory of the transgender activist, is
given for the best book or article to
appear in transgender studies each
year, and is adjudicated by the CLAGS
Fellowship Committee. u
2005 Passing-the-Torch
Award Winner
Gayatri Gopinath was selected as
CLAGS’s 2004-2005 Passing-the-
Torch winner. This prize, which
recognizes the promising LGTBQ work
of an emerging academic or
independent scholar, was given for
Gopinath’s work in the areas of South
Asian diasporic cultural politics and
literature; gender, colonialism and
nationalism; and race, sexuality and
migration. Gopinath received her B.A.
in Latin American Studies from
Wesleyan University, has completed
graduate work in English at Columbia
University, and currently teaches as
Associate Professor in the Women and
Gender Studies Program at the
University of California Davis campus.
She has published “Local Sites/Global
Contexts: The Transnational
Trajectories of Deepa Melita’s Fire” in
Queer Globalization/ Local
Homosexualities: Citizenship, Sexualities,
and the Afterlife of Colonialism, and has published, with Duke University Press, Impossible Subjects: Queer Diasporas and South
Asian Public Cultures. Gopinath was also the recipient of the 2001-2002 Honorable
Mention for the CLAGS Fellowship.