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CeCe McDonald & Reina Gossett
On Prisons, Representation, and Trans Politics at the Edges of Institutionalization

In celebration of the release of the second expanded edition of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, this panel will bring together Reina Gossett and CeCe McDonald to highlight the linkages between institutions, racialized force, and unfreedom. Further, we will collectively think about the uses and limits of the emergent field of “trans studies,” mainstream representations, and the futures of prison abolition.


Copies of Captive Genders will be available for purchase at the event, and a book signing will follow the panel.

CeCe McDonald is a Black transgender woman and LGBTQ activist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She came to national attention in June 2012 for defending herself from a racist and transphobic attack, resulting in her own imprisonment in a men’s correctional facility. CeCe has been speaking nationwide since her release and has received a variety of LGBTQ-focused accolades from worldwide organizations.

Reina Gossett is a activist, writer, and artist and the 2014-2016 Activist-In-Residence at Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women. As the membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project from 2010 to 2014, Reina worked to lift the voice and power of trans and gender non conforming people and took part in the successful campaign to end healthcare discrimination to low income trans and gender non conforming New Yorkers.

Moderated by Eric A Stanley, an editor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex and an an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UC Riverside.

Sponsored by UCR LGBT Resource Center, Asterisk*, UCR Women’s Resource Center, UC Riverside Media and Cultural Studies Department,Department of Ethnic Studies, UCR Center for Ideas and Society, UCR Queer Studies, Office of Diversity, Excellence and Equity, Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, UC Riverside, and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

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