“Out in the Night” Film Screening + Discussion

New Jersey Four illustration

I’m proud to be moderating a post-screening discussion with filmmaker blair dorosh-walther, Patreese Johnson (one of the New Jersey 4), and members from Hearts on a Wire (a collective of trans and gender variant people inside and outside of Pennsylvania prisons).

Leeway Foundation and Bread & Roses Community Fund present Out in the Night, a documentary that tells the story of the New Jersey 4 – four young African American women who fought back against a violent attack by a stranger on a New York City street. As a result of their self-defense, the women are convicted in the courts and ridiculed by media. The film reveals how race, gender identity and sexuality are used to criminalize these women of color.

The film screening will be preceded by a trailer for the upcoming documentary FREE CeCe, about CeCe McDonald, a trans African American woman who survived a violent, racist, and transphobic attack, and served time in a men’s prison in Minnesota.

When:  Out in the Night will screen at 5:30pm on Tuesday, April 21

Where:  Drexel University’s URBN Center (3501 Market Street).

More information:  http://www.leeway.org/events/film_screening_out_in_the_night/

Gender Reel Film Festival: Trans Men of Color Panel Discussion

Gender Reel Fest logo


I will be discussing the short film Shirts vs. Skins with Christian Axavier Lovehall, Jayden Sampson, and Leo Watts.

This event starts with the film screening, followed by a panel discussion with audience participation.

Shirts vs. Skins looks at what happens when a small, mundane moment of basketball turns into a revealing crossroad that could reveal a number of secrets for the films main character, Dale Michaels, a trans man of color.

Audience members are welcome to also share their thoughts and feedback in what Gender Reel hopes will be an educational and empowering discussion about the struggles and joys trans men of color experience.

Please arrive a few minutes early to find a seat, and consider attending other films at Gender Reel that weekend. Click the link below to view our full Philadelphia schedule.

Gender Reel website

When: Saturday, October 4, 2014. 6:15–7:50 pm

Where: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Ticket fees:

  • $10.00 (Day pass)
  • $20.00 (All festival pass)
  • $15.00 (Student & Seniors).
  • No one is turned away from attending Gender Reel, even if you cannot afford a ticket.

Swarthmore Symposium: Black Politics in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Brown v BOE symposium, Swarthmore 2014


I will be discussing black politics in the post-civil rights era with Professors Niambi Carter, Christina Greer, and Imani Perry, as part of the symposium Thus Far: Commemorating 60 Years of Brown v. Board of Education.

Free and open to the public. See the flyer below for all of the details!


When: September 12, 2014. 3:30–5:30 pm

Where: Swarthmore College, LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre

Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference

Philadelphia Trans Health Conference 2014 logo

I will be tabling for the Leeway Foundation at this year’s Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. The mission of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) is to educate and empower trans individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change.  We strive to create an accessible and respectful environment that is inclusive of diverse gender-identities and expressions as well as inclusive of diverse opinions and ideas.

When: Friday June 13, 2014. 2–4 pm

Conference website