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Transgender Marxism -with Jules Joanne Gleeson, Elle O’Rourke and Nat Raha in conversation with Shon Faye [online event]

Wednesday June 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm BST

The first collection of its kind, Transgender Marxism is a provocative and groundbreaking union of transgender studies and Marxist theory.

Housmans is pleased to welcome Jules Joanne Gleeson, Elle O’Rourke and Nat Raha to discuss Transgender Marxism. This event will be chaired by Shon Faye.

Exploring trans lives and movements, this discussion will delve into the experience of surviving as transgender considering the totality of gendered experience under capitalism.

Elle, Joanne, Nat and Shon will explore the pressures, oppression and state persecution faced by trans people living in capitalist societies, how they survive the damage done through their tenuous position in the workplace and the home, and give a powerful response to right-wing scaremongering against ‘gender ideology’.


Jules Joanne Gleeson is a writer, comedian and historian. She has published essays in outlets including Viewpoint MagazineInvert Journal and VICE, and performed internationally at a wide range of communist and queer cultural events.

Elle O’Rourke is a political economist and gender theorist currently researching critical theories of financialisation. She is co-founder of New Socialist, a magazine of left thought and commentary, where she serves as economics co-editor.

Shon Faye was born in Bristol, and is now based in London. After training as a lawyer, she left the law to pursue writing and campaigning, working in the charity sector with Amnesty International and Stonewall. She was an editor-at-large at Dazed, and her writing has been published by the Guardian, the Independent and Vice, among others. Faye recently launched an acclaimed podcast series, Call Me Mother, interviewing trailblazing LGBTQ elders. Her first book The Transgender Issue is published by Penguin in September this year.

Nat Raha is a poet based in Edinburgh, who completed a PhD at the University of Sussex entitled ‘Queer Capital: Marxism in queer theory and post-1950 poetics’. Her current research investigates radical transfeminism, and race in UK poetry and poetics. She has performed her work internationally, and is the author of three collections and numerous pamphlets of poetry. Nat is co-editor of the Radical Transfeminism zine.


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There are three available tickets for this event: if you’d like a copy of the book then choose the book plus entry ticket. If you’d like to support Housmans then please consider buying a solidarity ticket at £3. There’s also a free entry ticket for students, low income and unwaged comrades.


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