Miss Major 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 a leader for transgender women of color and gender nonconforming persons. She is an elder, and referred to as “Mama” by many in the LGBTQ+ community.
Her 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 has aided to support marginalized transgender youth, especially those who are disproportionately incarcerated. She is a prison abolitionist and a self-proclaimed feminist.
Miss Major is the long-time executive director of the San Francisco-based Transgender Gender-Variant Intersex Justice Project, which advocates for transgender women of color who are incarcerated, homeless, or in need. She is also the recipient of the Social Justice Sabbatical Award and the Bobbie Jean Baker Memorial Award.
Please join WUD Distinguished Lecture Series, the LGBT Campus Center, and the Multicultural Student Center for An Evening with Miss Major Griffin Gracy on Tuesday, October 24th. The doors to Shannon Hall will open at 7:00pm. The 45-minute lecture is to begin at 7:30pm, followed by a brief Q&A. Sign language interpreters will be provided. If you need another accomodation to attend this event, please contact Megan Spletzer at firstname.lastname@example.org. All accomodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.
This event is part of a celebration of the 25th birthday of the LGBT Campus Center, presented with the LGBT Campus Center and Multicultural Student Center.