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Gender & Sexuality

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Sample Syllabi and Curricula on Gender and Violence


Gender and Lynching

General Commentary

We’re missing the big picture on mass shootings, Huffington Post, August 25th, 2015

The gender of death: How (many) women die in jail, Women in and Beyond the Global, August 5th, 2015

Donald Trump and the Central Park Five, The New Yorker, June 23, 2014

Girls (see also Youth)

Incarcerated Women and Girls Face Abuse, Neglect in Criminal Justice System, New Pittsburgh Courier, July 22nd, 2015

The disturbing pipeline to prison for thousands of girls in the U.S. starts with sexual abuse, Quartz, July 12th, 2015

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected, African American Policy Forum, 2015

This is How Black Girls End up in the School to Prison Pipeline, Dani McClain for The Nation, February 5th, 2015

Police Say Tasering 8-year old Native American girl was ‘justified’ – CounterCurrent News, December 9th, 2014

Crime and Incarceration Among Girls and Young Women in Illinois and Chicago, by Mariame Kaba for Project NIA

Black Girls Disproportionately Confined, Monique Morris for America’s Wire


Utah Judge Removed Himself from Lesbian Foster Mothers’ Case, Los Angeles Times, November 16th, 2015

Instead of Protecting Incarcerated LGBTQ People from Violence, Prisons Put Them in Solitary, Bitch Media, November 2nd, 2015

Coming Out of Concrete Closets: A Report on Black & Pink’s National LGBTQ Prisoner Survey, Black and Pink, October, 2015  – archived – read the full report – pdf download – see also coverage from Feministing, Mic.Com,

New book shares stories of transgender women serving time in men’s prisons, San Jose Inside, October 21st, 2015

From Streets to Cells, Harrowing Violence Inflicted on LGBT Prisoners, Common Dreams, October 21st, 2015 (archived)

What Racial, Disability, and LGBT Justice Have in Common, PBS News Hour, October 12th, 2015

Michigan Teen Arrested for Grindr Hookup: Homophobia and Why We Shouldn’t Criminalize Queer Youth, Center for Sexual Justice, September 29th, 2015

Juvenile Justice Reform Must Address the Unique Needs of LGBTQ Girls, August 27th, 2015

#SayHerName: Shade Schuler is the 13th Trans Woman Murdered This Year in the U.S. Auto Straddle, August 12th, 2015

Gender-based violence against trans women claims more lives, National Center for Transgender Equality, August 12th, 2015

Trans Liberation Doesn’t Come from a Military Uniform, Truth-Out, August 3rd, 2015

Beyond the Hate Frame: An Interview, Political Research Associates. July 27th, 2015 (archived)

Rev. Sekou on Today’s Civil Rights Leaders: ‘I Take My Orders from Queer Women,’ TruthOut, July 24th, 2015

‘Walking while trans’: How transgender women of color are profiled, Vox, July 21st, 2015

Why Are There So Many LGBT Youth in Prison? Attn:, July 17th, 2015

Gay Activists Zero in on Police Encounters as Next Step in Rights Fight, DNA-info, June 29th, 2015

Trans Oral History Project: Miss Major on Stonewall, Transhistory (youtube), June 27th, 2015

LGBT Voices for BlackLivesMatter by Nadine Smith, Huffington Post, June 11th, 2015

Transformative Justice Law Project Holds Open House by Gretchen Hammond, Windy City Times, March 11th, 2015no prisons

There is no such thing as prison reform: interview with Cece McDonald, by Andrea Abi-Karam, January 13th, 2015

Black LGBT Faith Leaders on Why Black Lives Matter, December 17th, 2014 (archived)

CeCe McDonald Discusses Police and Prisons with Dean Spade and Reina Gossett, by James Michael Nichols, July 20th, 2014

No One is Disposable: Everyday Practices of Prison Abolition, video featuring Dean Spade and Reina Gossett, February 7th, 2014

Feminists We Love: Andrea J Ritchie, by Tanisha Ford for The Feminist Wire, January 24th, 2014

Their Laws Will Never Make Us Safer by Dean Spade – introduction to Against Equality/Prisons Will Not Protect You, 2013

Queering the Carceral: Intersecting Queer/Trans Studies and Critical Prison Studies, a review essay by Elias Walker Vitulli, GLQ 19.1 (2012)

Women’s Rights, Gay Rights, and anti-Muslim Racism in Europe, review essay by Jin Haritaworn, European Journal of Women’s Studies 19 (2012)

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Men and Masculinity

I Refuse to have ‘The Talk’ with my Black Son, Politico, December 1st, 2015

In Age of Black Lives Matter, 3 Young Black Men Share Their Fears – and Their Hopes, NPR, August 6th, 2015

Six dads on what Black fatherhood means in the age of BlackLivesMatter, Zeba Blay for The Huffington Post, June 18th, 2015

Donald Trump and the Central Park Five, The New Yorker, June 23, 2014


Aya De Leon on How to Talk to Small Children About Racism, Mutha Magazine, July 28th, 2015 (archived)

U.S. Maternal Death Rate Now Highest in the Western World, AddictingInfo, June 8th, 2015

This Mourning on Mother’s Day, Huffington Post, May 7th, 2015

How Do Mothers of Slain, Unarmed Black Daughters Grieve? Huffington Post, December 30th, 2014

In Labor, In Chains: the Outrageous Shackling of Pregnant Inmates, New York Times, July 26th, 2014

Prison Moms, The Huffington Post, June 11th, 2010

Prisoners of a Hard Life: Women and their Children (comic), Real Cost of Prisons Project, 2005

Reproductive Justice

Reproductive Justice Hour – Coffee House Mixer program on RJ Issues (ongoing)

State Level Attacks on Sexual and Reproductive Health Continue, But There’s Also Some Good News, Rewire, April 16th, 2016

Why it Matters that Both Civilian Victims of the Planned Parenthood Shooting were People of Color, Reappropriate, November 29th, 2015 (archived)

What Happens When You’re Pregnant in Prison, Elle, November 17th, 2015

How Asian American women became the target of anti-abortion activism, Washington Post, November 4th, 2015

Asian and Pacific Islander Women Won’t Be Silent on Reproductive Justice, Feministing, October 22nd, 2015

Three days after cutting Planned Parenthood’s funding, Texas raids clinics, Jezebel, October 22nd, 2015

Alone in Alabama: Dispatches from a Woman Jailed for her Son’s Stillbirth, The Guardian, October 7th, 2015

Alabama Case Illustrates Difficulties Women Behind Bars Face When Seeking Abortion, TruthOut, August 9th, 2015

Despite anti-shackling law, pregnant prisoners say practice persists, Al-Jazeera America, March 3rd, 2015

Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners: Shadow Report to the U.N. Committee on Torture, University of Chicago International Human Rights Clinic, September, 2014

‘No Mas Bebes’ Casts Light on Medical Sterilizations, KCET, July 15, 2015

Women legislators turn the tables and introduce bills regulating men’s reproductive health, Daily Kos, March 12th, 2012

The Shackling of Pregnant Women and Girls in U.S. Prisons, Jails, and Youth Detention Centers, ACLU Briefing Paper, undated

Sexual Violence

First Chinese memorial commemorating the suffering of ‘comfort women’ opens in Nanjing, The Shanghaiist, December 2nd, 2015 (archived)

Rapists in Blue: Sexual Assault by Police, CounterPunch, November 12th, 2015

Sexual assault investigations at MSU: a broken system and the efforts to fix it, Michigan Public Radio, November 9th, 2015

The Terror of Being Least Cared For: Why Serial Rapist Daniel Holtzclaw Might Get Away With It, For Harriet, November 9th, 2015 –> read more about Daniel Holtzclaw here

Rikers Island Almost Never Reports Sexual Abuse Complaints, Huffington Post, October 20th, 2015

Fraternities Hire Trent Lott to Lobby for Limiting Campus Sexual Assault Investigations, Huffington Post, October 14th, 2015

In Harm’s Way: Seeking Medical Care, Female Rikers Inmates Say They Faced Sexual Abuse, The Intercept, September 10th, 2015

Peeling Back the Curtain on Prison Rape, Wyatt Evans radio show, August 16th, 2015

Straight Outta Rape Culture, Huffington Post, August 5th, 2015

Black Trans Inmate Ashley Diamond Alleges New Sexual Assault, Huffington Post, July 29th, 2015 (archived)

What ‘Orange is the New Black’ Tells Us About Sexual Abuse in Women’s Prisons and How to Stop it, TruthOut, July 27th, 2015

The disturbing pipeline to prison for thousands of girls in the U.S. starts with sexual abuse, Quartz, July 12th, 2015

Black Girl Dangerous’ BBHMM Defense and Rape Apologia, Orchestrated Pulse, July 6th, 2015

What if we treated other consent situations like society treats sexual consent? Women’s Rights News, June 24th, 2015

How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog, RH Reality Check, June 22nd, 2015 (archived)

Prisons that withhold menstrual pads humiliate women and deny basic rights, The Guardian, June 12th, 2015 (archived)

DOJ: At Least 50 Reported Sexual Abuse Cases in the Workplace Everyday, Fusion, June 18th, 2015

For Black Women, Sexual Harassment and Police Brutality Go Hand in Hand, Huffington Post, June 8th, 2015

Disturbing sex abuse alleged at Border Patrol, 10-News/CBS, May 4th, 2015

Rape Culture: Would Prison Abolition Help Women? by Josh Kitto for Transformation (blog), February 24th, 2015

Donald Trump and the Central Park Five, The New Yorker, June 23, 2014

America’s Expensive Sex Offenders, Salon, April 17th, 2012

Maze of Injustice: the Failure to Protect Native Women from Sexual Violence, from Amnesty International

Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-2009, adapted by Mariame Kaba for Project NIA

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Women of Color  (see also Native Peoples)

#SayHerName – ongoing news coverage

Why are so many black women dying of AIDS? New York Times, December 12th, 2015

Black Women’s Votes Matter, Huffington Post, November 12th, 2015

The gun crisis we aren’t talking about: Black women are under attack, Salon, October 21st, 2015

No, NY Times, enslaved African women could not be the mistresses of those who claimed to own them, The Daily Kos, August 17th, 2015

Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Police Brutality in the Latino Community? Cosmopolitan, July 31st, 2015

Just a reminder: No one fights harder to save black lives than black women, The Grio, July 31st, 2015

Why Do I Feel So Vulnerable? Thoughts on Police Brutality Against Black Women, Huffington Post, July 17th, 2015

From McKinney to HB2: How Texas Lawmakers and Law Enforcement Disregard Women’s Lives, Dani McClain in The Nation, June 11th, 2015

For Black Women, Sexual Harassment and Police Brutality Go Hand in Hand, Huffington Post, June 8th, 2015

Silence on Black Female Victims Weakens Fight Against Police Brutality, by Kali Nicole Gross, April 19th, 2015

Striking Image Flips Narrative of Black Women and Police Brutality, Lily Workneh discusses artwork by Markus Prime

Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected, African American Policy Forum, 2015

These 15 Black Women Were Killed During Police Encounters. Their Lives Matter, Too.  Huffington Post, February 13th, 2015

Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls, Huffington Post, December 11th, 2014

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, Alicia Garza, The Feminist Wire, October 7th, 2014

The Changing Racial Dynamics of Women’s Incarceration – Marc Mauer for The Sentencing Project, February 2013

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Black and Pink – support and advocacy for LGBTQ prisoners

Community United Against Violence (CUAV) – addresses violence within and against queer communities

Incite! – Women of Color Against Violence

National Black Women’s Justice Institute

Queer Migration Research Network – project by Karma Chavez and Eithne Luibheid, highlights scholarship at intersections of women’s studies, queer studies, and migration studies.

Streetwise and Safe – focuses on encounters between LGBTQQ youth of color and police in New York City


Cece McDonald – see also Huffington Post archive of articles by or about CeCe McDonald

Andrea Ritchie – you can also follow Andrea Ritchie on Twitter

Dean Spade – you can also follow Dean Spade on Twitter

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