Two months ago, a sold out crowd gathered in San Francisco to see the third annual Girl Talk performance showcase addressing issues between trans and cis women in queer community. Video of the entire show is available below.
Tara Hardy underscored the need for this event when she recalled the realization that "All of my dreams of writing about being a trans ally turned out to be written about being a partner to a trans man and being an ally to trans men. In other words, cis women think we've done our homework when we work towards making our communities, our events, our bars, and our beds safer for trans men - we haven't."
There's a joke going around that events, community spaces, and resources labeled "women and trans" have an unwritten addendum: "(but not both)." The reality is that there are few queer spaces specifically for trans women and cis women. Having a community event like Girl Talk has proven to be invaluable.
I remember the first year it happened, when I kicked myself for being 600 miles away and unable to make it. When it was available, I listened to the entire mp3 audio recording of the show, which was almost two hours long. This year, I had the opportunity to perform in the show, and I was determined to make it as available as possible to those who couldn't make it. My partner, Ronan, did the filming and I edited it with help from my lover/protege, Rose Pedals. Now all two hours of it is up on YouTube. And you can see it right here.