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The Impact of Eugenic Legacies on Queer & Trans Communities
For more than a century we have witnessed the ongoing pathologizing, criminalization, and experimentation of Queer & Trans bodies. Movement leaders Isa Noyola of MIJENTE, Kenyon Farrow of Partners for Dignity & Rights, and Sebastian Margaret of the Disability Project—with Susan Raffo of Healing History Project as moderator—will speak about the consequences of this eugenic history and challenge the institutions and ideologies that have perpetuated violence to this day, including public health institutions, and prisons.
Susan Raffo is a writer, cultural worker and bodyworker (craniosacral therapy, Global Somatics, massage, NARM, and more). She believes in the culture change approach to how bodies heal: supporting the slow shifting or integrating of deeply held, often generational and historical patterns that show up as pain, anxiety, stress, and disconnectedness. Locally, Raffo is part of REP, a Black-led community-based crisis response model rooted in relationships and solidarity, supported by technology and training, that is grounded in the belief that we have the ability to love and protect one another without giving our agency to systems built to destroy, consume or commodify us and Healing Histories Project, building popular education tools to address collective safety and wellness, including work focused on the histories of eugenics and the medical industrial complex. Author of Queerly Classed (1997) and Restricted Access (1999), Raffo now writes through her website. She lives on traditional Dakota homelands, Mnisota Makoce (Minneapolis, MN). You can most easily find her at www.susanraffo.com.
Kenyon Farrow is a writer, activist and public health expert. He is the Managing Director of Advocacy and Organizing with PrEP4All, a national organization advocating for improving access and use of biomedical HIV prevention. He is also a contributing editor to TheBody.com, and has an essay in the upcoming anthology “Abolition for the People,” edited by Colin Kaepernick. He lives in Cleveland Heights, OH.
Sebastian is an anti-ableism and disability community educator, capacity builder and strategist. A 2019 Soros Justice Fellow they work at The Disability Project @ The Transgender Law Center. As a disabled gender-non conforming, Trans parent who is as queer as the day is long; they are grateful to have been raised in Yorkshire (UK), deeply enriched by white working- class racial justice values while coming of age in the pushback to Thatcher’s Britain.
Isa Noyola is deputy director at Mijente, a political, digital, and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing and movement building. Launched in 2015, Mijente seeks to strengthen and increase the participation of Latinx people in the broader movements for racial, economic, climate and gender justice. Isa also works extensively for the release of transgender women from ICE detention and an end to all deportations and mass incarceration.She is apart of the advisory boards of Familia:TQLM, BreakOUT, El/La para Translatinas, and the International Trans Fund. Isa identifies as a translatina activist and cultural organizer and is passionate about abolishing oppressive systems that criminalize trans and queer immigrant communities of color.