Trans Politics Conference

The Center for Lesbian and Gay
Studies (CLAGS) presents “Trans
Politics, Social Change, and Justice”
to be held May 6-7, 2005 in New York
City. This conference will provide a venue
to strengthen activist and research
networks, incite dialogues, share research,
and create resources central to creating
social change for trans people. The
conference will take place at the Graduate
Center of the City University of New York,
where CLAGS is housed, at 365 Fifth
Avenue (between 34th and 35th streets),
New York, NY.
During two days, conference participants
will take part in plenary sessions,
breakout groups, and roundtables about
trans activism and public policy research
on local, state-wide, national, and international
levels. Activists and researchers will
have the opportunity to further develop
their ongoing work and to create new
dialogues with trans and non-trans allies.
We encourage the participation of
trans people in the broadest possible sense
of the word “trans.” The conference’s
educational goal is to go beyond simple
lessons about tolerance and gender
diversity and engage participants in an
advanced discussion of the experiences
and political interests of different trans
constituencies, including, but not limited to trans, butch lesbians, drag queens, bi-gendered,
two-spirited, drag kings, femme queens, A.G.s,
genderqueer, non-gendered,
andro, crossdressers, and
gender-bender peoples. While
intersex issues are distinct from
transgender issues, alliances
between intersex and
transgender activists strengthen
all of our work, and the
conference will focus on
multiple aspects and effects of
binary gender frameworks.
The conference’s practical goal is to create
new interactions and foster ongoing collaborations
among grassroots activists, community organizers,
researchers, attorneys, LGBT community members,
and members of allied communities and organizations.
We will encourage workshops and
roundtables that will promote collaborative work
and active discussions.
The conference is made possible by the
generous support of the Gill Foundation, The Open
Society Institute, and the Winslow Street Fund.
For more details and for registration information, visit