- October 7, 2015
- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply "Mama" to many in her community. If history is held within us, embodied in our loves and losses, then Miss Major is a living library, a resource for generations to come to more fully understand the rich heritage of the Queer Rights movement that is so often whitewashed and rendered invisible.
Miss Major's personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men's jails and prisons. Miss Major was until recently the executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), advocating for trans women of color in and outside of prison.
Hear Miss Major in conversation with documentary film maker Annalise Ophelian, director of MAJOR!, as she talks about her life of struggle, service, and activism.
Miss Major is a 73-year-old Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. She is a mother, father, grandmother and grandfather to family both blood and chosen, and an icon in the struggle for transgender civil rights.
Annalise Ophelian is a white, queer-identified ciswoman, psychologist, consultant, and documentary filmmaker whose work includes Diagnosing Difference (2009). She is currently producing and directing a documentary about Miss Major Griffin-Gracy entitled MAJOR!, set to be realeased in 2016.