By Jennifer Patterson
Often pushed to the margins, queer, transgender and gender non-conforming survivors have been organizing in anti-violence work since the birth of the movement. Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement locates them at the center of the anti-violence movement and creates a space for their voices to be heard. Moving beyond dominant narratives and the traditional "violence against women" framework, the book is multi-gendered, multi-racial and multi-layered. This thirty-seven piece collection disrupts the mainstream conversations about sexual violence and connects them to disability justice, sex worker rights, healing justice, racial justice, gender self-determination, queer & trans liberation and prison industrial complex abolition through reflections, personal narrative, and strategies for resistance and healing. Where systems, institutions, families, communities and partners have failed them, this collection lifts them up, honors a multitude of lived experiences and shares the radical work that is being done outside mainstream anti-violence and the non-profit industrial complex.
Contributors: Reina Gossett, River Willow Fagan, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Rousse Arielle, Sandra Dickson, Pam Mack, Samantha Barrick, Sinclair Sexsmith, Emilee Coulter-Thompson, Jen LaBarbera, Anonymous, Scott Merillat, Bushra Rehman, Jennifer Patterson, Sean Shannon, Nitika Raj, Mikaya Heart, Angie River, E.F. Schraeder, Chelsey Clammer, Kari Krome, Michelley Queen of Queens, billie rain, Clay River, Keiko Lane, Chloe Dzubilo, Avory Faucette, Peri Rainbow, Xiomara Castro, Amita Yalgi Swadhin, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Ida Hammer, Caroline Picker, Darnell L. Moore, Giselle Renarde, Sassafras Lowrey, Katherine Scott Nelson.