Gender Issues in Social Movements 3/3/10 7p Bay Shore

John Schindler and Cynthya BrianKate  spoke about “Sex & Gender Minorities Within The Progressive Movement” for the March 2010 the Babylon Green Party gathering.

John Schindler and Cynthya BrianKate

On Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 7pm, the Babylon Green Party Gathering will feature will feature Cynthya BrianKate and John Schindler speaking about “Sex & Gender Minorities Within The Progressive Movement.” For the March 2010 gathering, the Babylon Green Party will meet at Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk, 28 Brentwood Road, Bay Shore, Long Island, NY 11706. Since the regular gathering place of Pisces Café has closed, the gatherings are taking place at different venues until a new permanent gathering place can be arranged. For directions to the Babylon Green Party Gathering, call 631-422-4702 or email Children are welcome. All gatherings are free of charge, and open to the public.

Social Media Release:

From Bayard Rustin in the Civil Rights Movement to Leslie Feinberg in the Socialist Movement, the truth is that sex and gender minorities have always been a part of progressive movements. From historical revision to hate-crimes, some fabulous Queer folks have been taken away from us all. But besides setting the record “straight”, our compelling realities create teachable moments. In order to create a better world for all, we have to be able to learn from each other. And part of that is getting past fear of the unfamiliar. Come join two LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual. Transgender. Intersex) activists who are Intergender for a talk on getting to know our neighbors and bridging the gap.

Cynthya BrianKate is a femme transgender-identified hormonally intersex educator, activist, writer and artist based on the East end of Long Island . In addition to being a Green Party member s/he is a board member of Organisation Intersex International (OII)’s Long Island chapter, Exquisite Corpse performance group and Long Island Reclaiming, and is an events coordinator for Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR).

BrianKate has been speaking, writing and doing activism since 2000 on topics including gender, transgender, sexuality, transgender, intersex, feminism, racial justice, disability rights, anti-violence/hate-crime issues and pagan spirituality. S/he has spoken at several Long Island colleges, both of LI’s LGBT youth centers, the I-CIN science fiction convention and the “Sex Lies and Feminism” womens’ studies conference.

BrianKate has many publication credits, including essays and audio published by OII, the lead essay in the book , the lead essay in the book Finding the Real Me: true Stories of Sex and Gender Diversity and an interview in Raven Kaldera’s book Hermaphrodeities: the Transgender spirituality Workbook. S/he can be reached by email at

John Schindler

John Schindler

John Schindler is a hormonally intersex drag queen who writes and performs under the name Testika Filch Milquetoast. S/he has been involved in politics since age 10, was part of the Smithtown Democratic Youth Coalition, helped found the North Brookhaven branch of Long Island Progressive Coalition, worked with Steve Englebright and interned for Congressman Hockbrueckner.

Schindler is a board member of Organisation Intersex International (OII) Long Island and the Exquisite Corpse performance group and is an event coordinator for Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR) events. S/he speaks, writers, does activism and drag shock theater around issues including but not limited to politics, grassroots organizing, peace activism, gender, sexuality, transgender, intersex, feminism, economic justice, social justices and anti-violence/hate-crime issues. Schindler can be reached by email at

Babylon Green Party Gatherings are held on the first Wednesday of every month:

  • The April 7, 2010 Gathering will feature the poetry of Charles Bukowski read by Jeff Arthur.

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  • Nonviolence/Peace;
  • Grassroots Democracy;
  • Social and Economic Justice; and
  • Ecological Wisdom.

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