During the last 15 years, my activism tended to focus on LGBTQ issues in the greater NYC area. I firmly believe that we, as LGBTQ people, especially those facing multiple oppressions, must have a safe place to live and build community. Part of that incorporates my own immigrant and working-class family and queer kinship networks. As a lesbian, agender parent to gender non-conforming children and as a mentor to young LGBTQ people, I work hard to educate mainstream society about how we must make space for difference and address parental abandonment, hostile public spaces, and institutional discrimination. At the moment, some of the organizations that I would like everyone to support are the Ali Fourney Center, Planned Parenthood, FIERCE, Callen-Lorde, and No Disrespect. Online, please support The Feminist Wire.
In the past five years, I began to be much more involved with expressly anti-racist and cross-movement organizing, which is why I support Black Lives Matter, especially as the movement demands action on behalf of cis women and trans people, and any activism that interrogates white privilege and white power. As a result, much of my pedagogy and feminist scholar-activism aims to eliminate white supremacy, legacies of colonialism, and contemporary forms of imperialism.
It is paramount for me to be a visible and vocal member of the LGBTQ community in the classroom and in the academy, especially as I focus on improving life for transgender and non-binary academics. As part of Sociologists for Trans Justice, I am spearheading a national survey on transgender and intersex graduate students of all disciplines. With two other graduate students and an assistant professor, I constructed a survey instrument which covers school life, scholarship, and health to advance transgender and intersex scholars and issues in higher education.