(TODAY) Book Launch: NORMAL LIFE by Dean Spade

at Café Artère, 7000 Avenue du Parc
(south of Jean-Talon, near métro Parc, or take the #80 bus)
“Normal Life should be read, not only by legal scholars and trans activists, but by everyone who is interested in challenging capitalism, colonialism, racism and patriarchy in the 21st century.” —Angela Y. Davis, author & activist
Join us for this special event with author and activist Dean Spade, founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color.
– Please note that this venue is not fully wheelchair accessible. Contact qpirg@ssmu.mcgill.ca for more details.
– Traduction chuchotée disponible vers le français.
– Childcare available on request (contact info@qpirgconcordia.org to reserve by February 16).
Much of the legal advocacy for trans and gender nonconforming people in the US has reflected the civil rights and “equality” strategies of mainstream gay and lesbian organizations—agitating for legal reforms. This approach assumes that the state and its legal, policing, and social services apparatus are neutral and benevolent. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law raises revelatory critiques of the current strategies pivoting solely on a legal rights framework, but also points to examples of an organized grassroots trans movement that is demanding the most essential of legal reforms in addition to making more comprehensive interventions into dangerous systems of repression—and the administrative violence that ultimately determines our life chances. Setting forth a politic that goes beyond the quest for mere legal inclusion, Normal Life is an urgent call for justice and trans liberation, and the radical transformations it will require.
An attorney, educator, and trans activist Dean Spade has taught classes on sexual orientation, gender identity, poverty and law at the City University of New York (CUNY), Seattle University, Columbia University, and Harvard University. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a collective that provides free legal services and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice.
This event is co-presented by QPIRG Concordia & QPIRG McGill.
Co-sponsored by RadLaw, Queer McGill, the Concordia Co-op Bookstore, Solidarity Across Borders and No One Is Illegal-Montreal.
www.qpirgconcordia.org / 514-848-7585 / info@qpirgconcordia.org
www.qpirgmcgill.org / 514-398-7432 / qpirg@ssmu.mcgill.ca