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Queering Reproductive Justice
December 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Often as we fight for access to abortion in our defense of bodily autonomy, we see from some community, allies, and politicians in the pro-abortion community that trans folks are frequently excluded or overlooked in our fight. This can be from the way we talk about who’s accessing abortion and what they need, to how queer and trans folks are frequently left without gender affirming options or culturally relevant resources when trying to assert their right to bodily autonomy.
How does reproductive justice and justice for trans, queer, and gender non-conforming folks intersect? Join Lilith Fund, Austin’s local abortion fund, as we join forces with allgo and discuss the ways that reproductive justice includes trans and gender nonconforming people. We’ll be talking about the ways these struggles are connected and why we need each other to reach liberation.
Meet the Facilitators!
Erika Galindo is the Organizing Program Manager at Lilith Fund, an abortion fund that provides direct financial assistance to people seeking abortion in the Central and Southern regions of Texas. Based out of Austin, TX, she is originally from the Rio Grande Valley, a region shaped by deep immigration and binational currents juxtaposed by intense militarization along the border which has shaped Galindo’s political perspective and organizing tactics. At Lilith Fund, Erika focuses on organizing and advocacy to develop leadership in our callers and centering them in the fight for abortion access.
Amanda Beatriz Williams, a proud daughter of an immigrant, is a queer Tejana with more than ten years of experience working in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement. Amanda is originally from Houston, Texas, where she planted her roots as a community organizer. Amanda holds a Master’s in Political Social Work from the University of Houston and has extensive background in nonprofit management, program development, policy, advocacy, and fundraising. She served on the board of the Lilith Fund from 2012-2015 and has been Lilith Fund’s executive director since 2016. Under her leadership, Lilith Fund has supported thousands of Texans seeking abortion care and expanded its programming to include emotional support and organizing. Amanda is a proud storyteller of the National Network of Abortion Fund’s (NNAF) We Testify program, which is dedicated to increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere. Her writing has been published in Glamour Magazine, TribTalk, and the Feminist Wire. She is also a board member for Youth Rise Texas, an organization that works to develop the leadership of youth of color who are directly impacted by incarceration and deportation. Amanda lives in Austin with her fiancée, Holly, and tabby cat, Mica.