Dean Spade - Romantic Notions: Gay Soldiers, Cops, and Spouses

February 19, 2013


Romantic Notions: Gay Soldiers, Cops, and Spouses
February 19, 2013
Location: Halpern Centre 126, SFU Burnaby
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

An interactive Skype event with author, activist & Seattle University Law Professor, Dean Spade, and local respondents.

The last forty years of queer and trans politics has seen a drastic shift. Much of 1960's and 70's queer and trans activism had complex and explicit ties to anti-war and anti-police movements, as well as to feminist disruptions of traditional gender roles including militarized masculinities. Today, a highly visible, corporate-funded gay and lesbian rights agenda declares that the key demands of queer and trans politics are to be offered entry into legal marriage and the military. Anti-colonial, feminist and anti-racist queer and trans activists and scholars contest this, and argue that the alignment of this pro-military, pro-marriage gay and lesbian rights politics with the global war on terror and the explosive growth of racialized criminalization and imprisonment are no coincidence. In this talk, Dean Spade will discuss the complex terrain of contemporary queer and trans politics, examining the racialized-gendered roles of soldier and spouse being offered in the name of "equality" and "human rights."

Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law and is currently a fellow in the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex and/or gender non-conforming and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law.

This event is brought to you by SFPIRG, the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, SFU Women's Centre and Out on Campus.

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