Gender & Sexuality

Stephanie has been deeply involved in trans liberation organizing since she founded the first and only trans organization at the University of Illinois in 2013. She has played important roles in national trans organizing for several years, and is known for her incisive critiques of the co-optation of lesbian culture and identity by TERFs, and her unapologetic existence as a non-medicalized femme trans woman. Stephanie offers sessions on lesbian history, trans liberation, and living her truth as a trans woman. 



Being a femme sometimes feels like having a big, pink target on your back. Add being a trans woman, and genderqueer, and hold on to your parasol! #UnapologeticFemme is a way of living, centered around expressing the joy, freedom, fierceness, and power possessed by femmes everywhere. In a 60-minute lecture, Stephanie takes on transmisogyny, femme erasure, street harassment, and the realities of Living While Femme, and how you can start living as or in solidarity with #UnapologeticFemmes everywhere.

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Whatever Happened to Lesbians?

It’s often said that “lesbian” is a dying identity: non-heterosexual women have started identifying in other ways, and we lesbians have had a troubling history with the trans community. In many ways, it seems like we’ve lost queer politics in lesbian spaces. A journey through history and the roots of the divide between the lesbian and trans community, this lecture seeks to debunk the notion that transness and lesbianness are at odds, and explore the radical potentialities of new lesbian spaces!

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We Will Outlive Them

"We will outlive them!" A rallying cry, rooted in the defiance and resistance of Jews facing certain death in the ghettos of Nazi-occupied Poland. This clear message of the refusal to give up in the face of oppression and genocide can have wide application across the struggles for queer and trans liberation, where themes of defiance and resistance are near omnipresent. This talk explores resistance through a truly intersectional lens, asks what marginalized communities can learn from each other's stories of defiance, and inspires new forms of collaborative survival through learning from our past.