This statement was issued by Queers for Economic Justice in response to misunderstandings about who organized the TRANScending Exclusion event.
On November 30, 2011, The Rivers of Honey Community held a forum to discuss transmisogyny, transphobia, and gender discrimination within the queer/trans community and, in particular, addressing some of the recent policy changes within Rivers of Honey, a queer (and formely trans) women of color performance collective housed at WOW Theater.
Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ) proudly endorses the work of the Rivers of Honey Community and its response to the policy changes at Rivers of Honey, and QEJ affirms its support for the transgender community and inclusive definitions of gender identity. Transphobia and transmisogyny masked as “self-defined spaces” have no place in a movement for queer and trans liberation and have nothing to do with justice or remedying past oppression.
QEJ, would like, however, to clarify that the forum held on November 30th was hosted by QEJ but was organized by a broad coalition of invested community members and was not an official QEJ event. The ideas and discussions held during the forum were not endorsed by nor generated by Queers for Economic Justice, and the recording of the event was not done by QEJ. Community members interested in the discussion during the event or wishing further information should direct their attention to www.riversofhoneycommunity.com