Films in Person
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Fine Arts Library Presents Screening of New LGBTQ Documentary, 11/16 Films in Person — Major What: Screening of “Major!” produced and directed by Annalise Ophelian for “Films in Person” series at the Fine Arts Library hosted by Matt Richardson. This event is free and open to the public. When: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 16. Where: Fine Arts Library (DFA 3.200), The University of Texas at Austin. Background: The Fine Arts Library presents a screening of a new documentary about a transgender rights activist and mentor in LGBTQ communities across the nation. “Major!” explores the life of Major Griffin-Gracy, who fought for justice of transgender women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major’s life as “Mama” and mentor to many transgender people is informed by her experiences incarcerated in the male prison unit of Clinton Correctional Facility, as sex trade worker and veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion, as a survivor of eye cancer and kidney transplant surgery, and as a defender of HIV victims’ rights. Major currently serves as the Executive Director for the Transgender GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project, an organization that advocates for transgender persons who have been disproportionately affected by the judicial system and targeted by law enforcement. Associate Professor Matt Richardson will provide an introduction to the film, and follow with a Q&A. Richardson is an Associate Professor in English and the Department of African and African American Studies, and a faculty member of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies & Emphasis in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of California-Berkeley, and an MFA from Bennington College. He has published articles in various academic journals such as “GLQ, Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of the NSRC,” “The Journal of Women’s History” and “Black Camera.” His latest book is entitled, “The Queer Limit of Black Memory,” published by Ohio State University Press in 2013. The event is free and open to the public, and special event prepaid parking for the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building can be purchased at the Parking & Transportation Services website. “Films in Person”recognizes UT faculty members who have worked with the the Fine Arts Library’s media coordinator to curate unique and outstanding films such as “Major!” This film will be available for video streaming from the UT Libraries Online Catalog.