Imagine More Than Marriage Graphic

Imagine More Than Marriage

When we think about promoting the well-being of queer people, can we imagine more than legalizing same sex marriage?

SSQL held a series of discussions, in print, online, and in person, as a response to the Stanford Symposium on Marriage Equality that was held on October 10-12 at the Stanford Law School. Some written materials were distributed in print at the symposium, and have been compiled with online articles at a Tumblr page SSQL set up. The name of our project, “Imagine More Than Marriage”, was inspired by a sticker seen on Stanford’s campus, across the street from Stanford’s LGBT-CRC.

Compilation includes:

  • A remastered “Imagine More Than Marriage” graphic. We instructions from the designer of the original graphic to share this graphic everywhere, so please proliferate it widely!
  • An article featuring a variety of perspectives on marriage equality and the marriage equality movement.
  • A BuzzFeed Community article (also posted to Stanford STATIC) on some LGBTQ issues that LGBTQ activism needs to prioritize.
  • An infographic summarizing what an LGBTQ movement emphasizing transformative justice would look like. This was adapted from a more complete table outlining ways to center queer youth in political activism.
  • list of some organizations that promote transformative queer justice, along with comparisons of the budgets of these organizations with the budget of Human Rights Campaign (whose president, Chad Griffin, spoke at the opening plenary of the symposium).
  • A statement of SSQL’s position on the symposium.
  • list of some further readings on issues that are “more than marriage”
Poster for Trans Awareness Week 2013

Trans* Awareness Week 2013

There are so many trans people who have contributed so much to our society over the years, but they have always been less likely to be given credit for their own accomplishments.  Even the Stonewall riots so important to LGBT history in the US, have been misrepresented to give the credit to cis gay men when that credit belongs to trans women, drag queens, homeless queer youth and more.  (By the way, if you come on Tuesday evening you may get to meet Miss Major who was part of those riots, and you will get to find out some of the work she has been doing since then.)  So, come on Wednesday to hear the renowned Janet Mock speak about transgender inclusivity in social justice movements.

from, by SSQL member Quirk Goodman.

Flier for Julia Serano Talk

What We Think of Blue and Pink: A Discussion with Julia Serano

Julia Serano is a writer, biologist, spoken-word poet, activist. She has a lot to say about social conceptions of gender, and how “blue is for boys and pink is for girls” works out to affect everyone in different ways. Her book “Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Feminity” is a combination of history, personal experiences, biology and psychology. This talk is meant to be accessible to everyone, whatever your background in feminism or social justice.


Poster for Beyond the Binaries

Why Should I Care About Trans* Awareness Week?

One of the most important ideas that inspires Beyond Binaries is the notion that trans* experience/perspectives are not ancillary to our education but actually central. By dedicating a week to trans* experiences we are taking what is normally thought of as a ‘minority’ subject position and universalizing it. We are attempting to show you that we all – regardless of our gender identity – have so much to learn from trans* experience.

from, by SSQL member Alok Vaid-Menon ’13.

Poster for Intersections Week 2011

Intersections Week 2011

Intersections Week 2011 explores the relationship between LGBTQ identities and racial identities.

MONDAY 11.14
“Should Be, Could Be, But Is”
Film screening and meet and greet with the director, Nayoung Woo. Lunch will be provided.
Putting the “Out” in Outsourced
Black Community Services Center – 7:30 PM
Meet Ms. Aneesh Sheth, the first South Asian trans woman on TV, LGBTQ youth activist, actor, singer, and director.
LGBT Rural Advocacy
Arrillaga Dining – 12 PM
Learn from advocates from the Proyecto Poderoso project, a partnership of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the California Rural Legal Association. Lunch provided.
Remember Me in Red
El Centro Chicano – 7 PM
This award-winning short film tackles the aftermath of tragedy in a transgender Latina community. Meet writer/director Hector Ceballos and star Mariana Marroquin. Food provided.
CASA: Lunch for Frosh and Transfers
A weekly lunch and advising session for freshman and transfers.
South Asian and Queer Women: Fire
Women’s Community Center – 7 PM
Watch Deepa Mehta’s acclaimed “Fire”, which features the the story of two South Asian women in love.  Snacks provided.
Queer + Indigenous Identity
This lunchtime event features a panel focused on diverse experiences with queer and indigenous identity followed by a question and answer session and discussion. All are welcome.
Body Image + Race + Queer Identity
Join us for a panel on how body image issues intersect with race, sexuality, gender, and other identities.  Panelists will share their stories and audience discussion will follow.
Spoken Word Workshop: Personal Narratives
Take a break from studying in this evening writing workshop, where we’ll write and share stories about growing up and struggling with our multiple identities.
FRIDAY 11.18
Real Talk
Discuss personal experiences with intersectional identities in this safe and open space. Lunch provided.
Open Heart, Open Mic
CoHo – 7 PM
Speak and hear truth at this open forum for poetry, thoughts, song, and reflection.