Coming Home to Ourselves and Each Other: Honoring our Transgender, Nonbinary, Queer, and Crip BIPOC Ancestors Past, Present, and Future

Shayda Kafai and Dr. Pau Abustan
Coming Home to Ourselves and Each Other
Thu, May 25, 6:00 PM
Hybrid: MCC Lounge and Zoom

During this interactive virtual dialogue, Shayda and Pau will share how we found home with ourselves and our transgender, nonbinary, queer, and crip BIPOC communities past, present, and future. We discuss how we co-create disability justice worlds where all can expand into their authentic selves in rooted and interdependent relation with others. By naming who we are, we honor our collective past, present, and future ancestral magic we carry with us. To conclude our conversation, we will invite participants to name who and what brings them hope for thriving futures of collective care and sustainability.
ASL interpretation will be provided, and CART enabled for Zoom attendees.
After the event, we will be raffling off copies of the Sins Invalid Disability Justice A-Z Coloring Book, and Shayda Kafai’s book, “Crip Kinships.”

Speaker Bios:

Shayda Kafai (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Gender & Women's Studies in the Ethnic and Women's Studies Department at California State Polytechnic in Pomona, CA. As a queer, disabled, MAD Iranian femme, she commits to practicing the many ways we can reclaim our bodyminds from systems of oppression. To support this work as an educator-scholar, Shayda applies disability justice and collective care practices in the spaces she cultivates. She is the author of Crip Kinships: The Disability Justice and Art Activism of Sins Invalid (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2021). 

Dr. Pau Abustan (they/siya) centers queer critical race feminist disability justice worldmaking found within youth learning, popular culture animated storytelling, and coalitional activisms. Pau is a queer crip Pilipinx scholar-activist-educator Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.  

Co-sponsors: Commission on Disability Equity, RCSGD, DSP

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