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Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of the transgender community. She started the first trans homeless shelter in the South and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable healthcare for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at, chairs the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group, is the jurisdictional representative to the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), serves on the national steering body for UCHAPS and is the Executive Director of the Transgender Foundation of America.

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    Thank you. TERFs make me want to scream. And I am a cis queer woman. I went to Georgetown University and took a couple Women’s & Gender Studies classes. Supposedly the department is quite good and I liked my classes a lot. But apparently one of the professors in the department is on the board of MichFest. I encountered her on a panel talk fundraiser to start a women-only space in D.C. She was/is on the board of the would-be organization, which I think fell through. Anyway, it’s funny how she somehow managed to turn this panel talk into an opportunity to complain about how she has received death threats via email over the festival’s exclusion of trans women. And she said something about how it’s important to have women-only spaces that are for WBW. Now she made it sound reasonable and made it sound like who are these violent fuckers threatening her… But I had read Julia Serano’s book and I just thought, what the fuck? Why is this TERF teaching gender studies at my university in a supposedly excellent department? And she better not be trying to start a WBW-only space in DC. That would so not fly here. I would protest it. I would not put up with my beautiful, sweet queer trans lady friends being excluded from a space just because they were assigned male at birth. These are the most vulnerable members of our community, especially the TWOC. Fuck no! I do believe in spaces that exclude trans men as men, but I haven’t even seen a lot of women-only spaces like that here. We always include trans women at women-only events here, at least any event I am interested in.

    Anyway, you can’t moan about a marginalized group oppressing their oppressor. She literally is their oppressor because she as a board member is condoning violence, threats, and harassment against trans women. She is supporting hate crimes. It’s so fucked up. And she only had to deal with emails (that’s not acceptable either and is fucked up, but we all know the internet is rife with death threats). To be threatened to your face, that’s a whole different level. If you are condoning that then no I do not feel sorry for you receiving death threats via email although I do not condone it.

    This prof’s name is Bonnie Morris, btw. Please do not seek her out to send her violent threats. But I just wanted to put her name there so ppl can look out for her trying to open more TERF spaces and what not.


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