In January 2016, The Conversations Project was launched on trans feminist Cristan Williams’s TransAdvocate blog. It was born to explore (and, as it turns out, refute) the notion that radical feminism has a problem with the existence of trans people.
The Conversations Project was started by Williams and radical feminist John Stoltenberg. As described in the “About” section: “Through historical research, interviews, open dialogue, commentary and academic presentations, we hope to bring attention to a decades-old intersectional trans, intersex and genderqueer inclusive radical feminist tradition.”
The Project is rooted in the voice of community; at its heart is a discussion group comprised of students, professors, community members as well as numerous trans, intersex, genderqueer and radical feminist activists, authors and speakers. Sex and gender issues are discussed through a critical lens. Group members are encouraged to submit commentary pieces, which are peer-reviewed and, if approved, published in the Project’s quarterly journal: Intersections: a Journal of Trans and Radical Feminism.
Speaking to The Advocate , a leading source for extensive and up-to-date LGBT news, Williams says, “I discovered all of this rich history that is absolutely beautiful and absolutely courageous that I had no clue about and had not seen recorded in a book or online anywhere. It was an absolute shame that these voices had been forgotten or buried. Reclaiming those narratives, those histories, is very, very important.”