Trans(Gender) Justice Teach-in 2020

The Rise of a Trans Abolitionist Vision

The Trans(Gender) Justice Teach-in is dedicated to centering trans, nonbinary, and intersex knowledge, experiences, and liberation.

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Please note, closed captioning is available for this video; however, due to a technical difficulty, the ASL interpretation that was available during the live session was not recorded.

On November 10, 2020, the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity and the University of Minnesota Duluth's Sexuality & Gender Equity Initiatives hosted the 4th annual Trans(Gender) Justice Teach-in. This year's panel brought together T/GQ/Enby folks doing abolition work and organizing around/against state-sanctioned violence. In conversation our panelists and moderator, we highlighted efforts in the Midwest and emphasize the connections between both queer/trans justice and abolitionist organizing.


(L-R): Justin Toliver, Dominique Morgan, Qui Alexander, and Ar'Tesha Saballos
(L-R): Justin Toliver, Dominique Morgan, Qui Alexander, and Ar'Tesha Saballos

Justin Toliver

Justin Toliver (they/them) is a Black, Queer, and Gender Non-Conforming facilitator, trainer, and educator currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life at the University Minnesota - Twin Cities. Justin completed their Bachelors of Science from Central Michigan University and received their Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. Justin is also a community organizer, abolitionist, and creative based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Justin deeply believes in the power of community and approaches all aspects of their work from a human centered, imagination driven, and Black Queer Feminist lens.

Dominique Morgan

Dominique Morgan (she/her) is an award-winning artist, activist, and TEDx speaker. As the Executive Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States. She works daily to dismantle the systems that perpetuate violence on LGBTQ/GNC people and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Partnering her lived experience of being impacted by mass incarceration (including 18 months in solitary confinement), with a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and background in public health, she continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and transformative youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and its impact on our communities. Ms. Morgan is a 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award recipient, NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient, and 2020 JM Kaplan Innovation Prize recipient. She is currently completing her capstone project for studies in the Georgetown University - System Involved LGBTQ Youth Scholar Program.

Qui Alexander

Qui Alexander (they/them) is a queer, trans, Black Puerto Rican scholar, educator, organizer, and consultant based in Minneapolis. They are currently a PhD candidate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota. Their work and scholarship centers queer Black feminist thought, transformative justice, abolition and healing justice. Believing the personal is political, their work strives to focus on personal liberation and healing to make movement work more sustainable.

Ar'Tesha Saballos

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