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CIGS reading group - Weds 16th March, 4.00-5.30pm

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We're delighted to invite you to our next reading group, which will be held on Weds 16th March (4 - 5.30pm) on Zoom (see link at the bottom of the page). For this session, we will be reading Shon Faye's  The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice (Allen Lane, 2021). Below is the blurb from the publisher's webpage:

"Trans people in Britain today have become a culture war 'issue'. Despite making up less than one per cent of the country's population, they are the subjects of a toxic and increasingly polarized 'debate' which generates reliable controversy for newspapers and talk shows. This media frenzy conceals a simple fact: that we are having the wrong conversation, a conversation in which trans people themselves are reduced to a talking point and denied a meaningful voice.

In this powerful new book, Shon Faye reclaims the idea of the 'transgender issue' to uncover the reality of what it means to be trans in a transphobic society. In doing so, she provides a compelling, wide-ranging analysis of trans lives from youth to old age, exploring work, family, housing, healthcare, the prison system and trans participation in the LGBTQ+ and feminist communities, in contemporary Britain and beyond.

The Transgender Issue is a landmark work that signals the beginning of a new, healthier conversation about trans life. It is a manifesto for change, and a call for justice and solidarity between all marginalized people and minorities. Trans liberation, as Faye sees it, goes to the root of what our society is and what it could be; it offers the possibility of a more just, free and joyful world for all of us."

There is no need to register and all are welcome. You can join the meeting using the link below:

Topic: CIGS reading group (The Transgender Issue)
Time: Mar 16, 2022 04:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 860 4205 8534
Passcode: u3GFx$

Please be aware that here at CIGS, we do not consider the right of trans people to exist and self-identify to be a point that is up for debate. In order to create and maintain a safe and respectful environment for our trans friends and colleagues, any attempt to demean or discredit their lives and existence will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the meeting. We are looking forward to having a lively discussion about this landmark book.