Sylvia Rivera kicking ass on stage after some radfems & transphobes tried to refuse her the right to speak at the 1973 Christopher Street Liberation Day rally. Said radfems then had their own march in part protesting trans participation in Pride. A precursor to today’s Dyke March.
40 years later in the very same park trans women are still fighting for space within Pride as this year’s Dyke March fiasco demonstrated. I’m feeling challenged and troubled by the narrative that trans women’s response to transphobia must take the “form of serious, calm, point by point analyses of why radfems are wrong” as Stephen Ira pointed out.
What strikes me about this video is that she isn’t trying to be calm and collected after being attacked. She’s not internalizing the notion that fighting transphobia has to take on the oppressive notion of “respectability.”
These conversations have left me wondering: has the non profit industrial complex and professionalized activism gentrified our political activity?
So within all of that, I say: nothing but love and power to trans women creating space for ourselves in queer community! Special shout out to Voz who inspired this post!
I really appreciate your practice of pointing out historical precedent in the process of movement making, especially because radfems pretend that politically outspoken trans women are some new, millenial invention, when of course they know that trans women have been speaking for years. They present a really dangerously ahistorical vision of the world, is I guess what I’m trying to say.
If anyone isn’t following Reina, you should fix that right now!
(I’m glad I said something helpful.)
Kinda angry at myself and the world that I didn’t know anything about this until now.
OMG, thank you for this video. I’m literally crying tears of rage and joy. Bookmarking and saving it and anything else I can. Because listen to Sylvia talk about the same damn things we’re still talking about. 40 damn years on. About how women’s groups didn’t give a shit that she was raped (as she says in the video), about how cisgay activists didn’t give a shit about trans* people. It’s like nothing has changed. Including how we’re supposed to not be angry, how if we are, we’re to be shut down and seen as dangerous and unhinged. Unfuck that shit. Thank you for your rage and your power, Sylvia. Thank you so much.
Awesome. Does anyone have a transcript for people who need it?
this always hits me so hard. i encourage everyone to take a moment to watch this if/when you have the emotional energy to do so!
so much love for this woman.