Victoria Thomas | Transformative Justice: A Revolutionary Praxis for Reducing Anti-Trans Sentiment

PFL 2023-2024, President's Faculty Lectures, Education + Research, Equity + Justice, 2024, Make a Difference for B.C., Engage in Global Challenges

The exploitation of transgender and nonbinary individuals by media systems is a strategic method of oppression. 

This lecture will illuminate the unique oppression Black trans women face, highlight the severe consequences of anti-trans rhetoric and legislation for these individuals, and provide a path to sustained solidarity with gender-nonconforming individuals via transformative justice. 

As a praxis, transformative justice occurs via the collective action of everyday people rather than government intervention to break cycles of violence and build alternatives to current systems of oppression. 

Thank you to all who joined me on February 13th, 2024, as I considered how transformative justice provides a reservoir of hope for Black trans women and discussed how to heal, change, and revolutionize our responses to racism and transphobia. 

-Dr. Victoria E. Thomas

Tue, 13 Feb 2024

This was a hybrid event, with the in-person lecture held at SFU Vancouver.

The President's Faculty Lectures

The President’s Faculty Lectures shine a light on the research excellence at Simon Fraser University. Hosted by SFU President Joy Johnson, these free public lectures celebrate cutting-edge research and researchers that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.

The theme of this year’s lectures is Making a Difference for B.C. Approaching this theme from a variety of disciplines, each short lecture will be followed by a conversation with Joy Johnson and an audience Q&A session.  

Save the date for more upcoming President's Faculty Lectures!

  • March 12, 2024: Wenona Hall – Associate Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies
  • April 30, 2024: Bohdan Nosyk - Professor, St. Paul's Hospital CANFAR Chair in HIV/AIDS Research, Faculty of Health Sciences

Victoria Thomas

Dr. Victoria E. Thomas is an assistant professor of Media, Communication, and Public Engagement in the School of Communication. She examines representations of Black transgender and gender nonconforming identities in our contemporary moment of anti-trans legislation and media hypervisibility of sexual orientation and gender identity politics. Her first book project, Trans Inclusive Television: Black Television Culture and the Politics of Gender Nonconforming Identities, analyzes representations of Black transgender and gender nonconforming individuals in U.S. cable and streaming television programs.


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