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WGSS Statement on Solidarity with #BLM

The Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Washington State University is in steadfast solidarity with all those who are protesting the state-sanctioned killings of Black lives in the U.S. and globally. Even at the time of drafting this statement, the incidents of violence against, and murders of Black people (including unhighlighted cases of Black women, Black trans people, and Black folks with disabilities) continue to rise. We join in protest to call for justice for the lives of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Layleen Polanco, Rayshad Brooks and all others, whose premature deaths are a direct consequence of white supremacy and a blatantly racist disregard for Black life by the police. We further call attention to Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s definition of racism as premature death and condemn it as unacceptable. » More …

National Period Day Rally

October 19, 2019

Large group of students outside holding signs at a rally.

On October 19, and with support from the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, members of WSU’s PERIOD chapter traveled to Seattle, Washington, to participate in the rally for National Period Day. This rally was one of many hosted throughout the US, and participants united to bring awareness to period poverty and demand the end of the tampon tax. » More …

Statement on de-recognition of transgender people

In October of 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed efforts to revert to outdated or retrograde definitions of gender, specifically aiming to re-define trans people out of existence. WGSS publicly protested the move first through posting a statement on its website. WGSS faculty also read the statement at the 2018 InQueery Symposium, Queer (Trans)formations: Envisioning the Future of Queer Theory and Politics, on Monday, October 29, in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center. This was followed by keynote speaker C. Riley Snorton’s presentation, “Thinking Race, Rethinking Sex: Towards a New Trans History.”
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