Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday: Jennicet Gutiérrez

Woman Crush(ing the Patriarchy) Wednesday: Jennicet Gutiérrez

Unfortunately, the mainstream Pride community isn’t the only group guilty of leaving out trans women of color. Can you talk about the ways feminism and Latinx rights movements exclude trans Latinas?

The issue many people have with transgender people is that we are not seen as "real;" therefore, it’s OK to leave us out of movements and conversations. I believe that we are at a crucial time for feminists and other Latinx organizations to start building coalitions and spaces for discussions to challenge each other. Otherwise, these "progressive" organizations and movements will perpetuate more intolerance and brutality. Denying trans Latinas access contradicts what both groups are fighting against: patriarchy and racism. United, we can defeat both. 

How are you crushing the patriarchy?

By speaking up and demanding a place for myself as an undocumented Latina woman, I am crushing the patriarchy and other oppressive systems. I am forcing a more critical, in-depth analysis of intersectionality. I have participated in coalitions with Black Lives Matter, immigrants’ rights, workers’ rights and LGBTQ movements. This work is my contribution to crushing oppression and disrupting power. ¡Si, se puede!

What’s a message you’d like to leave for other trans Latinas struggling through these oppressive systems?

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Speak up and demand a place on the table. Take leadership roles, and go about them unapologetically – we must. The work has to be led by those most impacted by patriarchy, violence, discrimination and racism: trans women of color. ¡Ya Basta!

Want to hear more from the activista? Follow Gutiérrez on Twitter at @JennicetG.