There is a really important new issue of the journal Social Justice out on Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence.” It includes a great review of Captive Genders by Queer (In)Justice co-author Andrea Ritchie, but the whole issue is worth a read. You can read the issue here.

Also, a bit of an interview I did with Yasmin Nair and Ralowe Ampu is now translated into Spanish, you can read that here.

We are planning to do a few more Captive Genders events this fall in Canada and Southern California. Teaching Captive Genders in a class or reading it in a group this upcoming year is a great way to support the book and help build our collective abolitionist analysis.

Free CeCe, Free Ourselves!

Fearing an even worse outcome, CeCe McDonald took a plea deal yesterday, but the fight is far from over. She will need support (letters, money and more) for her time inside and for her reentry. We must also continue to demand her freedom now as part of our abolitionist struggles.  You can read Reina Gossett’s reflection here and you can get CeCe’s address and other updates on her case here.

Original Plumbing magazine just published Bryn Kelly’s really beautiful review of Captive Genders written though the struggle to free CeCe. You can head the review here.

Also, the journal Postmodern Culture published “Entangled Spheres” another insightful and generous review of Captive Genders by Jian Chen. You can read it here.

AK Press has a new website and for the month of May you can get Captive Genders for 25% off if you order through them. We will be starting our online fundraising drive to get Captive Genders to folks inside for free. Look for that soon.


New article on Queering Prison Abolition

Thanks to all the Ships in the Night people that got us off to a grand start with our goal of  offering as many copies as we can of Captive Genders for free to folks locked up. (more info on that soon)

Eric A. Stanley, Dean Spade, and the authors of the book Queer (In)Justice (read it if you have not yet) wrote a short piece called “Queering Prison Abolition, Now?” for the journal American Quarterly. You can download the PDF  here.

There is also a new book review of Captive Genders at Lambda Literary you can read it here.

Portland, Ships in the Night and Stanford events!

Gender and the Prison Industrial Complex :                                                              Towards a Queer, Trans and Feminist Abolition Politic                                                       PSU Smith Center room 333, Portland, OR                                                                 Friday April, 6, 2012 7:30-9:30 pm, FREE
Eric A. Stanley is the co-editor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex and is the co-director of the films Homotopia and Criminal Queers.
Ralowe T. Ampu currently lives and organizes in an SRO in San Francisco, CA. Along with Gay Shame, she has worked with ACT UP and in solidarity to free the NJ 4.
Dean Spade is an Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law. Among other things, he teaches Law and Social Movements and Critical Perspectives on Transgender Law. He is the founder of the Silvia Rivera Law Project and is a contributor to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex.
Vikki Law is the author of Women’s Prison Resistance and a long time prison support acitivst; in 1996 she helped start Books Through Bars – New York City; in 2000 she began focusing on focusing specifically on women in prison.

Part of the larger Law and Disorder Conference:

Sponsored by Committee to Connect the Dots:

Ships in the Night will benefit us getting copies of CG to folks inside for free!                     @The Oasis, Oakland, CA
Saturday April 7th, 2012
9pm-2am $5 21+
Djs: Durt, CLR Jamz, Motive & RapidFire!
Performance by Maya Songbird

Chicago and Urbana-Champaign events.

We will be doing a few mid west events while Nat will be holding it down with a panel  at the Anarchist Book Fair in San Francisco. In other exciteing news, the first print run of Captive Genders has almost sold out and it is now in its second run!

Captive Genders reading with Eric A. Stanley and Yasmin Nair                                   Friday March 23, 2012 7:30-9 PM                                                                              Women and Children First 5233 N. Clark St in Andersonville Chicago, IL           Here is the fb event page.

Captive Genders reading with Eric A. Stanley and Erica Meiners (with special guest Chris Vargas)                                                                                              Tuesday March 27, 7-9PM                                                                                        Allen Hall’s Main Lounge UIUC (1005 W. Gregory Drive Urbana, IL 61820 | *Free parking in garage across the street.                                                                           Part of the Gendered Barred Colloquium.  Here is the fb event page.

Captive Genders panel with Nat Smith, Jay Donahue and Ralowe Ampu) Saturday March 31, 2012, 5-6PM                                                                                                  In the Cafe at the  Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair at the SF County Fair Building



Two more Bay Area readings, UK launch, and some press

Thanks to everyone that came out to the events in Berkeley, Davis and Santa Cruz. We have a few more readings planned and would love help getting the word out. Also, Eric and Ralowe will be heading back to Portland, OR April 5-6. Then, on April 7, 2012 Ships in the Night will benefit our drive to offer copies of Captive Genders to folks inside for free, so watch out for that.

Captive Genders at San Francisco State University                                                      with Eric A. Stanley, Nat Smith, Ralowe T. Ampu and Toshio Meronek                             Thursday February 23, 2012 4-6 pm  in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center                   Here is the fb page for the event.

Captive Genders at Mills College,                                                                                    with Priya Kandaswamy, Queer Studies, Rebekah Edwards, English, Eric Stanley, Nat Smith, Vanessa Huang, Transforming Justice film (5 mins), Julia C. Oparah and Ralowe Ampu Contributor                                                                                                   Thursday March 1, 2012 7:30-9pm, Mills College Student Union, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA, FREE and open to the public.                                                                  Here is the fb page for the event.

Captive Genders at Housmans Book Shop in London                                                   Speakers include S.Lamble, one of the contributors to the book and a member of the Bent Bars Organising Collective, and Sophie Barton-Hawkins, another Bent Bars Collective member who has been active in organising around issues faced by LGBTQ prisoners.        Wednesday March 4, 2012 7-10pm                                                                                     Here is the fb page for the event.

Also, Captive Genders has been getting lots of press which is a great way to spread the word about prison abolition!

Breaking Out LGBT Inmates” in the East Bay Express by Toshio Meronek

Hate on Me” in The New Inquiry by Kate Redburn

Captivated” in The Good Times by Elizabeth Limbach

The NY radio show, Romantic Friendship, talked with Dean Spade and Eric Stanley about both Captive Genders and Dean’s new book, Normal Life (read it). The show was also co-hosted by CG contributor and amazing organizer, Reina July.


Bay Area readings

Dean Spade & Eric Stanley: on prison abolition and trans politics

Thursday February 9, 2012, 12-130pm

UC Davis, Davis CA, Meeting Room A in the New Student Community Center

Fb event page.


Captive Genders panel with Eric Stanley, Nat Smith, Julia Oparah ( Sudbury), Alexander Lee, Dean Spade, Michelle Potts, Ralowe Ampu

Thursday February 9, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm

UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (room information soon)


Dean Spade & Eric Stanley: on prison abolition and trans politics

Friday February 10, 2012, 2-4pm

UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, Oakes Mural Room

Fb event page.


Captive Genders panel

Thursday February 24, 2012, 4-6pm

San Francisco State University (more info soon)


Captive Genders panel

Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:30-9pm

Mills College, Oakland, CA (more info soon)

Readings in Seattle, Olympia, and Portland

Book reading Sunday January 8, 2012 5-7pm with:                                                        Eric A. Stanley, Lori Saffin, Ralowe T. Ampu and Toshio Meronek                                 Elliott Bay Book Company                                                                                            1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122                                                                                Here is the fb event page.

Panel at the University of Washington, Seattle, Allen Auditorium – UW Campus          Monday January 9, 2012 6-8pm.                                                                                    With Eric Stanley, co-editor of Captive Genders, activist with Gay Shame SF, director of Homotopia and Criminal Queers,Toshio Meronek, activist with Gay Shame SF and Critical Resistance, Ralowe T. Ampu, contributor to Captive Genders, activist with Gay Shame, Gillian Harkins, professor of English at the UW, activist and educator with Transformative Education Behind Bars and Lincoln Rose, former private prison employee who does community work on trans prison issues. Event sponsored by The Q Center                     Here is the fb event page.

Reading in Olympia, WA, Olympia Timberland Library 313 8th Ave. SE, Olympia, WA  Tuesday January 10, 2012  8:30-9:30pm                                                                      With Eric Stanley, Ralowe T. Ampu and Toshio Meronek                                                 Here is the fb event page.

Reading at Red and Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214                       Wed. January 11, 2012 7-9pm                                                                                           Books will be available at the event.                                                                                     Here is the fb event page.

Also, check out Ryan Conrad’s review of Captive Genders in 2bmag here. We also hear that the new Against Equality book that Ryan edited is now available from AK Press.

Photo from the Montreal event.

Captive Genders in Montreal and more.

We are finally back from tour, we had such an amazing time, thanks! We will be doing some more date in Washington and Oregon in January, then the LA area at some point after that so keep a look out. If you are interested in some configuration of us coming to where ever you might live and talking about the book email us and we can try to work it out. I will do a proper email about the tour sometime soon. However, here is a little video with me (Eric) and Angela Davis having a “conversation” about queer politics and abolition. Thanks to re:thinking queer for making it happen.

In other news, some great folks are having a book launch in Montreal on Thursday November 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm. Sadly neither Nat nor I  will be there, but there will be lots of amazing people, check it out and let us know how it goes!

Also, here is the fb page for it.

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Prisoner Correspondence Project, Certain Days, Kersplebedeb Publishing & QPIRG Concordia invite you to the Montreal book launch of:

Captive Genders: trans embodiment and the prison industrial complex

Thursday November 24th, 6:30pm
QPIRG Concordia
1500 de Maisonneuve O. suite 204
metro Guy Concordia

– presentation by a trans guy incarcerated in Joliette (a Montreal area women’s prison) speaking about his experiences in a gender-segregated prison environment
– selected readings from the Captive Genders anthology just published by AK Press
– excerpts from the Prisoner Correspondence Project’s article Imprisoned Pride, featuring the voices of currently incarcerated queer prisoners, speaking to their experiences behind bars
– words from Amazon Contreraz, a jailhouse lawyer, trans activist and prisoner at Corcoran, California

The book will be available for sale at the launch at the discounted price of $15 (usual price is $23.05)

- Whisper translation available (English-French & French-English)
– Venue is wheelchair accessible
– Childcare available on site
– Snacks will be served

About the book:
Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle.



Le Projet de Correspondance avec les Prisonniers, le collectif Certain Days, les publications Kersplebedeb et le GRIP à Concordia
vous invitent au lancement montréalais du livre :

Captive Genders: trans embodiment and the prison industrial complex

Jeudi 24 novembre, 18h30
GRIP à Concordia
1500 de Maisonneuve O. suite 204
métro Guy-Concordia

– une présentation d’un gars trans incarcéré à Joliette (une prison pour femmes de la région de Montréal) qui parle de ses expériences dans un environnement d’isolement genré en prison
– une lecture d’extraits de l’anthologie Captive Genders, parue recémment par AK Press
– des extraits de l’article ‘Fierté Emprisonnée’ du Projet de Correspondance avec les Prisonnier.e.s, incluant les voix de prisonnier.e.s queer présentement incarcéré.e.s qui parlent de leurs expériences derrière les barreaux
– les mots d’Amazon Contreraz, une avocate en prison, activiste trans et prisonnière à Corcoran, Californie

Le livre sera disponible lors du lancement au prix réduit de 15$ (au lieu du prix régulier de 23,05$)

- Traduction chuchotée disponible (Anglais-Français et Français-Anglais)
– Lieu accessible aux chaises roulantes
– Garderie disponible sur place
– Des collations seront servies

Au sujet du livre:
Traités comme des malades, terrorise.e.s et confiné-es, les gens trans, au genre non-conforme et queer ont toujours lutté contre l’énormité du complexe prison-industriel. Dans cette première collection en son genre, Eric A. Stanley et Nat Smith réunissent ensemble des anciens prisonnier-es et des gens détenus, des activistes et des universitaires pour offrir de nouvelles façons de comprendre comment la race, le genre, l’habilité et la sexualité se vivent sous le poids écrasant de la captivité. À travers la politique de l’auto-détermination du genre, cette collection affirme que la liberation trans/queer et l’abolition des prisons doivent grandir ensemble. Des émeutes contre la brutalité policière aux critiques des lois contre les crimes haineux, aux revendications des prisonnier.e.s pour des médicaments contre le VIH, et bien plus, Captive Genders est un défi à nous joindre à la lutte.