January 2014 follow-up

FORGE’s January 2014 monthly support and information meeting screened Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman’s film “Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria.”  In the discussion following the film, several books were discussed and we promised to send them out.



A number of books were mentioned at January’s meeting.  Here are their complete references, plus a couple others that are on similar topics.

  • Aleshia Brevard (interviewed in the film Screaming Queens) has her own website at www.aleshiabrevard.com.  Her original memoir was called The Woman I was NOT Born to Be – A Transsexual Journey, and was published by Temple Press in 2001.  She also has a second memoir entitled The Woman I WAS Born to Be, published by Blue Feather Books in 2010.
  • Suzan Cooke, who was also in the film, is a well-known and somewhat controversial trans advocate who hosts her own blog at http://womenborntranssexual.com/about/
  • Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul is Leslie Feinberg’s global history of trans people.  It was published by Beacon Press in 1996.  {Learn more about Leslie @ http://www.transgenderwarrior.org/}
  • Transgender History by Susan Stryker – who produced and was seen in Screaming Queens – was published by Seal Press in 2008.  {Learn more about Susan and the soon to be published TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly @ http://lgbt.arizona.edu/TSQ-main}

There are two other histories that we think might be of interest:

Two attendees mentioned the following books, that might be of interest:



We apologize to attendees at the last meeting who were repeatedly asked invasive questions by another attendee following the meeting.

At FORGE meetings, we repeatedly ask people to introduce themselves and share their pronoun.  We do this partly because FORGE strives very hard to be a safe place for our entire trans*/ SOFFA community, including those who are genderqueer, identify as a gender other than “male” or “female,” and those who are early in or just contemplating their gender or possible transition.  Although we know it may be impossible to remember everyone’s preferred pronoun all the time, particularly when there are several new people at a meeting and/or you yourself are new, please remember to politely ask again if you have forgotten someone’s pronoun (or name) and then treat them respectfully by using that pronoun.

Further questions about the gender someone was assigned at birth and/or their genital status are inappropriate and should not be asked.

We will continue to work to make and keep FORGE space safe for people of all genders.  We trust that you, too, will want to continue to contribute to creating an environment that feels comfortable for you and for others.


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