#TransJusticeSyllabus

Sociologists for Trans Justice
2017-2018

Compiled by:
Committee for Advancing Trans and Intersex Studies in Academia
(Megan Nanney, Jaclyn Tabor, Anne Marie Champagne, Chris Barcelos,
Emmanuel David, Xan Nowakowski, Vicky Demos, James Dean,
Anima Adjepong, Jacob Sargent, Rhea Hoskin, Kalani Seaver)

Contact Information:
Should you want to contribute to the syllabus or have any questions, please contact the committee chairs, Megan Nanney (mnanney@vt.edu) and Jaclyn Tabor (jaclyntabor@gmail.com). You can also send suggestions to sociologistsfortransjustice@gmail.com.

About the Syllabus:
In society today, we are presented with a paradox of sorts: on one hand, there have been significant social and political advances regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Yet, on the other hand, with increasing visibility and progress, there is also a simultaneous and almost inevitable increase in the backlash targeting the most vulnerable segments of the LGBTQ population–trans and non-binary people. In 2017 alone, the Human Rights Campaign has recorded at least 27 death of trans people in the United States due to fatal violence, making it the most violent year against trans people to date. It is also clear that trans violence and oppression disproportionately affects trans women of color, and that racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia intersect in ways that shorten the lives of trans people (Spade 2015). Additionally, trans people experience social, economic, and political marginalization due to the lack of legal representation, barriers to gender-affirming healthcare, legal name and gender changes, physical spaces, and other seemingly neutral administrative systems that enforce narrow binary categories of gender and force people into them in order to get their basic needs met.

In 2016, Sociologists for Trans Justice (S4TJ) was founded by Drs. Eric Anthony Grollman and Laurel Westbrook to organize for justice for trans and non-binary communities through and within sociology.  One of the chief aims of Sociologists for Trans Justice is to advance public understanding of trans and non-binary issues – in particular, to enter sociological insights into the national conversation about the status of trans and non-binary communities.

To that end, one of the main goals of S4TJ was to publish  #TransJusticeSyllabus, which features suggested sociological readings in transgender studies. This is that document. The #TransJusticeSyllabus, like prior accessible syllabi (e.g., #CharlestonSyllabus, #PulseOrlandoSyllabus, #TransStudiesinHigherEducation, #BlackLivesMatterSyllabus, #StandingRockSyllabus), aims to raise awareness about how the social structures of gender, race, sexuality, and others shape trans people’s lives. You can learn more about this particular initiative at TransJusticeSyllabus.com and follow us on Twitter @TransSyllabus.

We would like to acknowledge those who were able to help inspire, compile, and adapt this syllabus. Thank you to Eric Anthony Grollman, Laurel Westbrook, Anne Marie Champagne, Megan Nanney, Jessica MacNamara, Emmanuel David, Chris Barcelos, Ghassan Moussawi, Z Nicolazzo (whose Trans Studies in Higher Ed syllabus served as inspiration), Frank Leon Roberts, Bernadette Barton, Krysti Ryan, James Dean, Kyle Shupe, Michelangelo Trujillo, Laura Hirshfield, Elizabeth Heager Boyle, Allison Noble, Emmanuel David, Sonny Nordmarken, Elroi Windsor, Jacob Sargent, Tal Peretz, Nikki Sullivan, David Valentine, Susan Stryker, Jeanne Vaccaro, Talia Bettcher, Dean Spade, Elizabeth Reis, Jose Munoz, Helen Leung, A. Finn Enke, Aren Aizura, and the American Sociological Association.

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Trans Justice Syllabus