Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University will be hosting a transgender activist as part of a series of events centering on the LGBTQ+ community. Jennicet Gutierrez is a transgender Latina organizer and advocate for transgender and immigrant rights. She will be presenting a lecture entitled “Trans Existence as an Act of Resistance” on Monday, April 15 at 12:30 p.m. in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Gutierrez is most widely known for interrupting former President Obama in June 2015 during an LGBTQ+ pride event to call attention to the struggles of transgender women in immigrant detention centers.
Gutierrez’s work as an activist centers the voices of transgender women, particularly those who have been detained for their immigration status. She is a founding member and community organizer for the national organization Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. Gutierrez was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States when she was 15 years old. She was named on “Out” magazine’s Out100 list in 2015.