"Moderator: Jeanne Córdova is a pioneer founder of the lesbian movement in Southern California. Activist, Publisher & Author-- Currently, co-founder of LEX – The Lesbian Exploratorium – a cultural guerilla group, which created L.A. ’s history & culture exhibit, “GenderPlay”. She recently keynoted the Butch Voices conference with a speech entitled, “Keeping our Feminism, While Exploring our Masculinities". Her writing appears in many anthologies including the Lambda Literary Award winning Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, Lesbian Nuns Breaking the Silence, and the trail-blazing anthology, Dagger: on Butch Women. She’s now completing her third book, When We Were Outlaws: Love & Revolution in the 70’s. Speakers: Jennifer DeClue is a first year doctoral student in the American Studies and Ethnicity Program at the University of Southern California. She graduated with honors from CSU Los Angeles with a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Upon graduation she was awarded Special Recognition in Graduate Studies. The focus of her Interdisciplinary Study was race, gender and media in popular culture. Jennifer received an Honorable Mention from the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship 2009. Jennifer’s thesis “She’s My Boyfriend: Black Female Masculinity in the Media” has been nominated for the Western Association Graduate Schools Thesis Award. “She’s My Boyfriend” examines representations of queer black female masculinity in three sites of popular culture: the documentary The Aggressives, the short film Pariah and HBO’s drama series The Wire. This project examines the effect mainstream media has on representations of black women’s queer genders and sexualities. Jennifer has presented her work on The Aggressives and The Wire at national and regional conferences. This fall she will present her work on Pariah at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Jennifer’s essay “Queer Mother of Color” appears in the Moving Image Review section of issue 3 of GLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her review of Daniel Peddle’s The Aggressives will be published in Columbia’s Souls Journal later in 2009. Alexis Rivera, a proud queer trans-identified woman, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Alexis has been involved in the Transgender community for the past 12 years. She has participated as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV/AIDS; was on the founding board of the Female-to-Male Alliance of Los Angeles; and, for the past 5 years, chaired the Transgender Service Provider Network. Alexis is an Alpha member of the League of Trans Unified Sisters (LOTUS). And she has participated and graduated from the HIV Prevention Leadership Internship with The Center of Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. She recently has moved to San Francisco to join TLC. Due to her many affiliations, Alexis has received several awards, including: the Trailblazer Award; the Latino Caucus on HIV Prevention Leadership Award; the Spirit Award; and was named Miss Quest, 2002. In describing her commitment and passion for her community, she states, “My activism is rooted from love.” Lauren Steely is an environmental geologist who cleans up contaminated groundwater with fancy technology, a job she can best describe as both glamorous and filthy. Her engagement with trans issues and feminism began in 2002 with several collections of poetry and essays, including* Beauty in Dissonance, **A Dyck Manifesto, Zero to Sixty, *and *Get Used to It, *which she has read at events such as UCLA's Outcry!, and LadyFest SF. Most recently, she was pleased to present a piece discussing her own history with queer feminism at *GirlTalk: A Trans and Cis Woman* *Dialogue* during SF Pride 2009. From 2003 - 2006 she engaged heavily with the issues of women-only spaces and intentional community through Camp Trans and the MWMF Artist Outreach campaign. She has also been a part of several Los Angeles projects including Trans/Giving and the League of Trans-Unified Sisters. Beck Wehrle is a graduate student at California State University Northridge studying lizard biology. Before recently moving to the Los Angeles area, he was active in trans and queer communities in Davis and Sacramento. Hosts: Dr. Talia Mae Bettcher Dr. C. Jacob Hale (BettcherForrest)
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