Trans Rights FAQ

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General FAQ:

  • What does it mean to be transgender? Transgender people identify with a gender that does not correspond with the sex assigned to them at birth. On the other hand, cisgender people do identify with the sex assigned to them at birth.
  • What is the difference between sex and gender? Sex is divided into three categories, male, female, and intersex, based on the individual’s reproductive organ(s) at birth. Gender refers to the characteristics, attributes, behaviors and appearances that are socially or culturally situated on a spectrum between “male/masculine” and “female/feminine.”
  • What is the gender binary? The gender binary is the classification of gender into two distinct, opposing categories of male and female. Gender fluidity steps away from this rigidity and allows the individual to identify with a gender which either varies over time, even day to day, or does not fit into one of the two categories.

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International Women’s Day

Yesterday was International Women’s Day

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“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” – Gloria Steinem, Feminist, Journalist and Social and Political Activist

        Every year, on March 8th, International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide. But What Exactly is it?

International Women’s Day is a global day honoring the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The celebration has evolved over the course of a century and is now marked by an annual strike, entitled ‘A Day Without Women’, in which women are encouraged to take a day off work, avoid shopping, and to wear red in order to demonstrate the vital role women play in both the domestic and global economy.poing_feministe_0
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Day 36 of Trump’s Administration

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Press Secretary Sean Spicer at the White House

Day 36 Last Friday the President’s criticism of the media reached its peak. He took to Twitter to blast the New York Times and CNN, stating that “FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn’t tell the truth. A great danger to our country.” He then escalated his assault on the media by banning reporters from the NYT, CNN, and other news organizations from attending Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Friday press briefing. This decision demonstrates the administration’s use of presidential authority to undermine those who may check Trump’s decisions, while awarding sources it deems “friendly.” Dan Baquet, executive director of the NYT, expressed his dismay over the decision, saying “free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.” Ironically, it was Mr. Spicer who two months ago advocated for open access for the media, saying that it is “what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship” and who now seems to follow the President’s directives.

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Day 35: Schemers in the Capitol

Schemers in the Capitol

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This past Thursday, February 23, Day 35 of the Trump administration, was less a day of legislation and political action, and more a day of Machiavellian scheming in smoke-filled backrooms. To begin with, the FBI refused to deny or publicly dismiss claims that Trump’s associates were in contact with Russian officials during the election. This followed accusations over the past few months of the Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russian government to influence the election in return for the easement of sanctions once the Trump campaign won the election. There were also reports that Paul Manafort, one of Trump’s campaign managers during his run for the presidency, was blackmailed by a Ukrainian parliamentarian during the campaign. Manafort was noted for his work as a political advisor to the Yanukovych administration from 2004 to 2010 in Ukraine and close ties to the current Russian politburo before coming to work for the Trump campaign, and his dismissal during the campaign came as a surprise to many observers. Read more

Middle East Now festival

Middle East Now is back in Florence from April 4 to April 9 2017, with 44 films and a full program of events, special projects, talks and meetings. Cinema wise, Syria, the highlight of this edition, will be portrayed through multiple documentaries, short films, installations and talks, starting with the opening film-documentary “Last Men in Aleppo” by Feras Feyyad and Steen Johannessen, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the last Sundance Film Festival. The film programme also includes beautiful stories by female directors. To name a few: the Lebanese dark comedy “Solitaire” by Sophie Boutros, from Tunisia the beautiful feature film “Foreign Body” by Raja Amari, co-starring the great actress Hiam Abbass, and many more.

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Today Is International Women’s Day!

 

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“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” – Gloria Steinem, Feminist, Journalist and Social and Political Activist

 

 Every year, on March 8th, International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide. But what exactly is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is a global day honoring  the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The celebration has evolved over the course of a century and is now marked by an annual strike, entitled ‘A Day Without Women’, in which women are encouraged to take a day off work, avoid shopping, and to wear red in order to demonstrate the vital role women play in both the domestic and global economy.

 

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How do I get involved?

There are three things you can do to get involved starting today:

  1. Head down to Piazza Santissima Annunziata at 6:00pm today to join Florence’s own ‘A Day Without Women’ March. The parade  will arrive in Piazza Santo Spirito where a “feminist aperitivo” will conclude the day.
  2. Make a pledge to take action for gender parity at: www.internationalwomensday.com/BeBold
  3. Enjoy or even sport some yellow mimosa flowers to show your support

Happy International Women’s day!

Ellyn Toscano Presents Villa La Pietra’s ReSignifications Project in Palermo

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On Stage from left Palermo Deputy Mayor for Culture Andrea Cusumano, University of Palermo Professor Alessandra Di Maio, Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando, Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka, Ellyn Toscano and Awam Amkpa

Ellyn Toscano, NYU Florence Executive Director and Founder and Director of La Pietra Dialogues, participated in the colloquium Archipelago Nero with Nobel Prize winning writer Wole Soyinka and NYU Professor Awam Amkpa in Palermo over the weekend. As guests of the Mayor of Palermo and University of Palermo Professor Alessandra Di Maio, Toscano and Amkpa spoke about the ground breaking ‘ReSignifications: Imagining the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories‘ multi-media art exhibition and artistic dialogue, held in Florence at Villa La Pietra and The Bardini Museum in 2015.

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What Is It That Makes Us Who We Are?

Join us for Dialogues by Anthony Appiah, Deborah Willis and Jack Halberstam challenging our assumptions about identity and the consequences of these for society and politics.

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Events:

March 13 6:00pm Mistaken Identities: Culture, Color, Country, Creed – Anthony Appiah

March 14 6:00pm Posing Beauty – Deborah Willis

March 15 6:00pm Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Guide to Gender Variance – Jack Halberstam

 

RSVP at lapietra.dialogues@nyu.edu.

 

Footage Credits:

The Dallas Morning News – Video of Black Lives Matter Protest and Police Shooting in Dallas
The Tree of Life, Dir. Terrence Malik
Vox – Donald Trump’s Refugee Ban, Explained
Vice – World’s Largest Pilgrimage: Hajj Documentary
ABC News – Inside Controversial President of the Philippines’ Bloody Drug War
BBC News – Mo Asumang: Confronting Racism Face to Face
BBC News – Donald Trump Swearing-in Ceremony

Jack Halberstam and Our Upcoming Dialogue: Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Guide to Gender Variance

jackBorn in 1961, Jack Halberstam, formerly known as Judith Halberstam, is Visiting Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature at University of Southern California (USC). As the author of The Queer Art of Failure and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal, Halberstam is well known for his Queer philosophy and works in the areas of queer theory, gender studies, feminist theory, popular and visual culture, and Gothic literature and the horror film, with an emphasis on subculture. Halberstam’s is currently conducting several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human, and the environment.

On March 15, Halberstam will give a talk with La Pietra Dialogues on the topics of trans and gender variance, where students will have an opportunity to learn more about the current status and future developments of transgender rights, transgender visibility, and transgender recognition. All students are highly encouraged to join our dialogue!