Bread, Roses & Hormones (BRH) is a campaign of Red Braid Alliance led by working class trans women and gender non-conforming people that launched in May 2018. Trans, gay, and women’s movements have become dominated by NGO-styled volunteer organizations that narrowly focus on recognition and representation. BRH combats this trend by bringing women and trans and queer people into revolutionary anti-colonial and anti-capitalist organizing. BRH prioritizes building trans community leaders in order to push a gender liberation politics into the survival struggles happening in Indigenous and working class communities around the Lower Mainland.
BRH’s campaign activities include a monthly newsletter, political education classes, organizing meetings, and community kitchens for transmisogyny-affected individuals in Surrey and Vancouver. BRH focuses on analyzing the specific ways women and trans people are exploited by capitalist production and are oppressed by the colonial nuclear family form. We have a committed interest in theorizing trans women as protagonists of women’s liberation and sex workers as protagonists of class struggle. We organize on the principle that the abolition of the European two sex/gender binary is necessary for decolonial socialism.
Updates and Events
On July 2, 2019, the Montreal organization Taking What We Need issued a public statement after their Trans Amour event became the target of violent threats from a far-right online troll.
We call for the City of Vancouver to defund Vancouver Rape Relief, an organization that enacts violence against trans and two-spirit people.
Vancouver Rape Relief promotes trans antagonism and sex work prohibitionism, which puts trans women and sex workers at increased risk of violence.
Alliance Against Displacement responds to Chinatown Action Group’s open letter aligning themselves with Rape Relief.