Trans, Fat and Fabulous: A Panel Discussion on Weight Diversity, Fatphobia and Gender Expression
This panel will feature trans/gender/queer individuals who identify as fat and as fat-positive. In a society that is virulently fatphobic and weightist, these panelists will tell an alternate story of coming to accept their f(l)abulous bodies. Rather than seeing themselves as victims of the so-called "obesity epidemic", these large and in-charge folks will speak truth to the power of the fat-hating medical establishment. Through coming out of the fat closet, they will shed light on the intersections between fat identity and trans/gender/queer identities. Additional topics will include fatphobia in the LGBT Community, heteronormativity and cis-centrism in size-acceptance communities, the intersection of trans-fatness with race, class, and disability, Health At Every Size (HAES), and the need to see fat oppression and fat liberation as front-burner social justice issues in progressive/leftist movements. All fat/fat-positive people and fat allies are warmly welcomed to attend. This workshop is not intended for anti-fat, fat-critical or fat-hating attendees.