Date: Sunday 17 June, 2012, 4pm – 6pm
(doors Open at 4pm, for a 4.15 start)
Venue: The Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7XW
The Bent Bars Project is pleased to welcome activist, author and scholar Dean Spade to London to discuss his new book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law. Join us for the UK launch of Normal Life and participate in a discussion about the politics of trans struggles in the US and UK.
About Normal Life
Much of the legal advocacy for trans and gender nonconforming people in the US has reflected the civil rights and “equality” strategies of mainstream gay and lesbian organizations—agitating for legal reforms. This approach assumes that the state and its legal, policing, and social services apparatus are neutral and benevolent.
Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law critiques current strategies that pivot solely on a legal rights framework, but also points to examples of an organized grassroots trans movement that is demanding the most essential of legal reforms in addition to making more comprehensive interventions into dangerous systems of repression. Setting forth a politic that goes beyond the quest for mere legal inclusion, Normal Life is an urgent call for justice and trans liberation, and the radical transformations it will require.
“Normal Life should be read, not only by legal scholars and trans activists, but by everyone who is interested in challenging capitalism, colonialism, racism and patriarchy in the 21st century.”
—Angela Y. Davis
About Dean Spade
Dean Spade is a lawyer, educator and activist who has taught classes on sexual orientation, gender identity, poverty and law at the City University of New York (CUNY), Seattle University, Columbia
University, and Harvard University. In 2002, Dean founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a collective that provides free legal services for trans people and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice.
This event is free and all are welcome. A limited number of books will be available for sale at the event.
Venue details, accessibility info and directions
The Feminist Library is 5 minutes walk/wheel from Lambeth North tube station, 7 minutes from either Waterloo or Elephant & Castle tube and rail stations, and along many bus routes, including 1, 63, 68, 155, 168, 171, 188, 363, 468, 172 and 453.
Map available here.
The event is wheelchair accessible, but the accessible entrance is through a side door and there is a bell to ring to operate the lift. We will have volunteers on hand to assist with directions and the use
of the lift. If you face accessibility barriers, please get in touch, so we can support your attendance.
For more info, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0207 631 6017