Christine Burns MBE talks Suffragettes at special event!
Part of The East End Women’s Museum exciting Autumn roster 🍂
Trans campaigner Christine Burns
This Autumn, The East End Women’s Museum are programming an exciting roster of events to celebrate women’s suffrage – including playing host to icon Christine Burns MBE, tomorrow!
Trans Britain explains how trans activism arose to address extreme marginalisation, why the Gender Recognition Act was important for people’s safety and how it came about. A grasp of this history is vital to understanding the present. https://t.co/aVhU2PttAR pic.twitter.com/cNU7J7pNy1— Christine Burns MBE (@christineburns) April 8, 2018
Come and see Christine talk about the historic links between trans emergence and the fight for universal suffrage spearheaded by Sylvia Pankhurst (and cronies).
Guest speaker at the penultimate event at the Women’s Hall, Christine is playing a part in the public history project created by the Women’s Museum aiming to record, share, and celebrate women’s stories and voices from east London’s history.
Born in east London, Christine has had a long and varied career with decades spent campaigning for equal rights for transgender people.
She will be speaking about this long (and ongoing) struggle, and will also be signing copies of her recent book Trans Britain.
This event is free, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Women’s Hall project, which celebrates the inclusive feminist principles of Sylvia Pankhurst’s East End suffragettes. Count us in.
Fancy it? Find all the info you need about tomorrow's event here.
A little about Trans Britain
This is a book that covers everything you ever wanted to know about trans people but never knew how to politely ask. The book's contributors include the transgender founders of early support and activist groups in the UK. Also in the mix are an actress, a priest, parents, teachers, academics, lobbyists, journalists, filmmakers, broadcasters, PLUS! Long time allies from politics, unions and medicine.
Read an exclusive interview with Christine in our upcoming December issue!
EXTRA: Rejecting The Party Line
Christine's talk was part of a project celebrating the campaigning work of the ELFS Suffragettes (East London Federation of the Suffragettes).
"Certainly women’s emancipation and trans emergence have a lot in common," adds Christine. "We both have a longer history than people give us credit for.
"I don’t know if Sylvia would have got behind the trans movement. She did reject the party line however. She saw the importance of extending the vote to working class women and because of her digs in the East End she was living among women from all sorts of backgrounds.
"I think coming across people who were bending genders at the same time wouldn’t have freaked her out."
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