His most recent film, “It Gets Messy in Here,” is a 32-minute short that examines the lives of transgender men and masculine identified women of color and their bathroom experiences.
Kai is a PhD candidate in the department of American Studies and Ethnicity at The University of Southern California. He is currently writing a dissertation that will serve as one historical/ethnographic account of Black LGBT lives in Los Angeles.
To read his Everyday Feminism articles, click here.
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His presentations include:
- Film Screening and Q&A Session on “It Gets Messy in Here”: “It Gets Messy in Here” is a short documentary film (32 minutes) that explored the racialized and gendered experiences of gender non-conforming lesbians and transgender men of color while navigating the public restroom. Through in-depth interviews you get honesty, humor, self-reflection, and public accountability. This film highlights the intersections of race and gender specifically, expanding conversations around transgender masculinities and race within the context of the United States. Read a film review here and watch the trailer here.
- Spoken Word Performances and Writing Workshops
- Black LGBT History and Knowledge Production
All topics can be adapted to be presentations, keynote speeches, or workshops and can be tailored to the audience.
If you don’t see a topic that quite meets your needs but think we can cover it, just let us know. We are also willing to create a signature talk or workshop for groups.
Past speaking engagements include:
- Step Your Feminist Game Up!: The Importance of Black Transfeminist Week, Panelist on the opening “Our Art is our Advocacy” plenary. 7th Annual Transgender Leadership Summit-Building Our Future Together. The University of California, Berkeley. November 2012. Berkeley, CA.
- Our Bodies=Our Liberation, Panelist on the “Race and Reproductive Justice” panel. Bringing Sexy Back: Choice USA’s Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute. Mills College. October 2012. Oakland, CA.
- Towards a Black Queer Geography: The Struggle Over the Uses of Erotic in a Time of Crisis, Panelist on the “Histories and Archives” panel. Queer of Color Histories and Theories Conference. The University of California, Los Angeles. October 2012. Los Angeles, CA.
- The in-between: Gender and Race Troubles the Water, Keynote address at the “Crossing Borders” conference. Williams College. October 2012. Williamstown, MA.
- A Series of Aberrations: Looking at Black Masculinity, Panelist at the USC Fisher Museum of Art, “The Image of Masculinity” event. October 2011. Los Angeles, CA.
- The Invisible Butch, Presenter for “Butch Voices Los Angeles Regional Conference.” October 2010. Los Angeles, CA.
- Nobody Knows Her Name: Making Sakia Legible, Keynote address for the “Claiming Williams Day” diversity initiative. Williams College. February 2009. Williamstown, MA.
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