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Gender Realities and the Peace/Progressive Movement 6/14/15

Green Party of SuffolkGender Realities and the Peace/Progressive Movement:
A talk for Suffolk Green Party by Cynthya Rossi and John Schindler
Great South Bay Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 11 Collins Rd., Sayville NY 11782
Sunday, June 14 2015 @ 1:30 pm

In the earlier days of the civil rights movement, women were often ignored, overlooked or left out, and gay people- even those planning parts of the movement- were often totally cut out.  Understanding of gender in general, and in the progressive/peace movement in particular, has evolved to include not just women and men, but to also include LGB (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual) people, transgender people, and intersex people, including the expansion of womens’ issues and community to include transgender and intersex women.  Part of this understanding includes being aware of issues facing LGBT and intersex people, and being aware of what L, G, B, T and intersex mean.

LGBT and intersex people have been involved in the peace and progressive/civil rights movement all along.  This means including people of all genders in the current peace/progressive/civil liberties movement.  Additionally, the discussion will touch upon the willingness to reach out on issues of gender discrimination and violence, including assaults on gender rights, and actual violence against gender-nonconforming people.

This talk will include: 

  • What gender and sexual minorities are, untangling sex, sexuality and gender
  • What are these gender/sexuality categories/labels, and what do they mean?
  • The historical and current roles LGBTI and gender-nonconforming people have played and still play in peace/progressive/civil-rights movements
  • Challenges/obstacles facing LGBTI, gender-nonconforming people, and allies
  • What you might not have heard of about government/medical/psychiatric/legal programs which have been directed against LGBTI people
  • What is a hate crime and how does it affect LGBTI/gender-nonconforming people and allies?
  • Peaceful and positive activism as a response to challenges/obstacles/assaults on gender and sexual freedom
  • Why peace/progressive/civil-rights movements and groups get further when they’re inclusive of gender/sexual minorities
  • What this means to peace/progressive/civil-rights groups
  • How people can get involved on these issues

If you have any questions, or for further information, please email Cynthya Rossi at thesacredsideshow@gmail.com.

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