SUMMIT Leadership

LeaderStories: Trans Activism and the History of Revolutionary Leadership
A Salon with Reina Gossett


Thursday, November 12, 2015
7-9 p.m.
Frannie Graves Auditorium, Campbell Hall

Reception to follow event.


Reina GossettReina Gossett is an activist, writer, and artist and the 2014-2016 Activist-In-Residence at Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women. As the membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project from 2010 to 2014, Gossett worked to lift the voice and power of trans and gender nonconforming people. Prior to joining the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, she worked at Queers for Economic Justice where she directed the Welfare Organizing Projected and produced A Fabulous Attitude, a research study documenting low-income LGBT New Yorkers surviving inequality and thriving despite enormous obstacles.

Prior to her work at Queers for Economic Justice, Gossett was awarded the George Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship by the Open Society Foundation to work with LGBT people navigating criminalization. During her fellowship, she partnered with Critical Resistance to curtailing the prison industrial complex by organizing low income LGBTGNC New Yorkers in a campaign that successfully stopped NYC’s Department of Corrections from building a $375 million new jail in the Bronx.

Reina is a 2009 Stonewall Community Foundation Honoree as well as a filmmaker collaborating with Sasha Wortzel to write, direct and produce STAR People Are Beautiful People, a film detailing the lives of Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. Visit Gossett’s personal blog to learn more about her and her work, reinagossett.com.