Decolonizing + Decriminalizing Trans Genres Symposium

Marsha P. on the Pier by Syrus Marcus Ware

‘Marsha P. on the Pier’ by Syrus Marcus Ware

UWinnipeg’s Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies present a one day symposium entitled Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres. The symposium centers Black and Indigenous Trans and Two Spirit writers, artists, scholars and activists.  Recognizing the intersections of racism, police violence, colonialism, and the criminalization of Trans of Colour Lives, particularly in the area of sex work, this Symposium foregrounds these intersections in Trans experience and representation. Confirmed speakers include Ceyenne Doroshow, Imani Henry, Andrea Jenkins, Yasmeen Persad, Dr. C. Riley Snorton, Syrus Marcus Ware and Saylesh Wesley. This is free and open to the public.

According to conference organizer and U of W assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Trish Salah: “Trans people of colour, Indigenous Trans and Two Spirit people have always been leaders in our communities—that has been obscured by racism, colonization, the criminalization of Black life and of sex work, but it is not new. What seems new is the visibility of Trans Women of colour in the context of an uprising against White Supremacy, Transphobia, Anti-Blackness and other interlocking forms of oppression. This event is an attempt to foreground the ongoing labour, knowledge and brilliance of Black and Indigenous Trans and Two Spirit cultural workers.”

Developing out of last May’s Writing Trans GenresEmergent Literatures and Criticism conference, this symposium will feature two panels composed of Indigenous, Black and Trans of Color and two-spirit activists, artists, and writers as well as a reading.

Saturday February 28, 2015
1 pm – 9 pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall,
3rd floor of the Centennial Hall,
515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Treaty One Territory.

There will also be a reception with a vegetarian and gluten free meal.
Children are welcome and child minders will be available. While pre-registration is not required, if you require childcare, please email:

Watch for updates on Facebook and on twitter #DDTG. To request whisper translation into French please contact us by email by February 20 at and/or This event is wheelchair accessible and translation to ASL will be provided.


Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

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