Booking Julia:
Hello, and thanks for your interest in booking me for an appearance or event!

Over the last fifteen years, I have given talks and performances at a wide variety of colleges, universities, and conferences (a list of my past presentations can be found further down this page). I can speak to a broad range of topics related to gender & sexuality; feminism, LGBTQIA+ & transgender issues; and social justice activism more generally. While I am always happy to tailor my presentations to fit your needs, this page provides brief descriptions of some of my most frequently requested talks.

I typically follow my presentations with an extended Q&A session, so that audience members can share their thoughts, comments, and questions. I am also open to informal meetings, receptions, or discussions with students and organizers while I am in town. If you decide that you want to bring me out to your conference or campus, just email me at . Best wishes, -julia

P.S., a PDF version of this booking information can be downloaded here.


Julia is always happy to read from her books Whipping Girl, Excluded, and Outspoken. She also occasionally performs music and slam poetry/spoken word. But if you are looking for her to do a more formal talk or presentation, here are some suggestions:

Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
Exclusivity is a daunting problem within feminism and queer (i.e., LGBTQIA+) activism. Some feminists vocally condemn other feminists because of their manner of dress, interests, or for the sexual partners or practices they take up. There is a long history of lesbian and gay activists who outright dismiss bisexuals, transgender people, and other gender and sexual minorities. And a failure to recognize intersectionality often results in the erasure of people of color, people with disabilities, and other multiply marginalized constituents. In other words, exclusion stems from prioritizing certain forms of sexism and marginalization over others, thus resulting in far smaller movements with far more narrow and distorted agendas.

In this talk, Julia discusses numerous strategies that she forwards in her book Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive that empower us to challenge all forms of sexism and marginalization, even those that we may be unaware of or less familiar with. These strategies include recognizing natural variation in sex, gender, and sexuality, and that people are fundamentally heterogeneous; moving beyond fixed views of sexism and marginalization that deny many individual’s unique situations, experiences, and perspectives; and learning to more generally recognize double standards, double-binds, and methods of invalidation that are routinely used to undermine minorities and marginalized groups.

I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement
Julia’s most accessible talk, perfect for more general audiences. As human beings, we tend to be focused on (and sometimes become fascinated or concerned by) how other people “do” their genders. Yet we hardly ever take a moment to consider how we see and interpret other people’s genders. With thoughtfulness, sharp wit, and a sense of humor, Julia draws on her own personal experiences having been viewed as both female and male, and queer and straight, at different points in her life, to highlight how unconscious assumptions and expectations shape how we view other people. She also makes the case that gender entitlement (when we project our own assumptions, meanings, and value judgments regarding gender onto other people) lies at the root of all forms of sexism.

A Social Justice Activist’s Perspective on Call-Out Culture, Identity Politics, and Political Correctness
Over the last century, social justice activism has played a crucial role in challenging prejudice and promoting equity for women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and other marginalized groups. While most of us profess support for these past accomplishments, we may nevertheless resist newer expressions of social justice activism, or dismiss them as examples of “call-out culture,” “identity politics,” or “political correctness” run amok. In this talk, Julia addresses this discrepancy. Julia has written (particularly in her books Excluded and Outspoken) about how social justice movements sometimes become too exclusive, inflexible, or counterproductive—tendencies that likely contribute to resistance toward contemporary activism, and for which Julia has suggested potential remedies. Julia also discusses how the general public’s lack of awareness about how prejudice and discrimination actually work, and how activists can effectively counter them, is a major factor driving this resistance . Striving to generate more light than heat, and to remain accessible to activists and non-activists alike, Julia will discuss the purpose of social justice activism and its limitations.

Anti-Transgender Prejudice: Past and Present
Despite many important gains toward acceptance over the last couple decades, transgender people now face significant backlash, not only from social conservatives who more generally oppose LGBTQIA+ identities, but also from trans-exclusionary feminists and others on the political left. In this talk, Julia will discuss the history of anti-trans prejudice and its various manifestations, and counter some of the more commonly cited myths and tropes used to undermine or demonize trans people (as she has done in her recent essays Debunking “Trans Women Are Not Women” Arguments and Transgender People and “Biological Sex” Myths). Since contemporary trans-antagonistic and trans-skeptical arguments often stoke fears that children are somehow being “turned transgender,” Julia will also clear up common misunderstandings and disinformation regarding gender-diverse children and the gender-affirming model of healthcare.

Sexuality, Sexualization, and Self-Examining Desire
Sexuality is a highly diverse phenomenon—we all differ greatly with regards to our sexual interests, orientations, preferences, expressions, and histories. While our sexualities can be positive and life-affirming, they are often complicated by sexualization—that is, when sexuality is nonconsensually imposed upon us, or when we are reduced to our sexual body or behaviors to the exclusion of other characteristics. Feminists have long discussed how women are often sexualized by heterosexual men in our culture. Less attention has been paid to the frequent sexualization of minorities and marginalized groups, who are often stereotyped as sexually promiscuous (and therefore “asking for it”), as sexual predators or deviants, and/or as the objects of “fetishes” or “paraphilias.” In this talk, Julia will discuss these various forms of sexualization, and offer strategies for how we can challenge them. She will also share her thoughts on how we can navigate being ethically sexual human beings in a world where certain hierarchies and stereotypes will likely influence our sexuality.

Whipping Girl and Trans Feminism, One Decade Later
Julia is best known for her 2007 book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, which introduced many readers to concepts like “cissexism,” “cis privilege,” “oppositional sexism,” “effemimania,” and “trans-misogyny,” and to the movement of Trans Feminism more generally. In this retrospective talk, Julia provides a brief history of Trans Feminism and its various influences (e.g., sex-positive feminism, queer theory, and intersectionality) and an overview of Whipping Girl—its major themes, and how the book came to be. She will also share her thoughts on potential future directions for feminism and transgender activism.

“Biological Sex” and the Pathologization of Transgender People
Attempts to deny or delegitimize transgender identities often rely on overly simplistic claims about “biological sex.” Similar beliefs about biology and sex have also led to the historical pathologization of trans people within the fields of psychology and medicine. Drawing on her recent writings, and her background as a biologist, Julia challenges these common presumptions, and instead forwards a more holistic understanding of sex, gender, and transgender identities and experiences.

Putting the Feminine Back Into Feminism
As a feminist, biologist, and femme-identified trans woman, Julia has a unique perspective on feminine gender expression. In this talk, she moves beyond questions of “nature vs. nurture,” and challenges the popular tendency in our culture to denigrate and sexualize feminine gender expression. In addition to critiquing both sexist and certain feminist interpretations of femininity, Julia offers new potential directions for femme politics and activism. (Note: some of the concepts Julia discusses in this talk are briefly outlined in her Ms. Magazine piece Empowering Femininity.)

Outspoken: Transgender Oral History & Spoken Word Poetry
In this talk (largely based on her recently released book Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism), Julia shares her personal experiences growing up trans and finding transgender community in the pre-Internet age, performs some of the slam poetry/spoken word that she created as a trans writer and activist in the early-to-mid ’00s, reflects upon the evolution of the transgender movement over the last several decades, and discusses how we might overcome some of the new challenges we face moving forward.


There are a number of other topics that Julia frequently writes about and focuses her activism on—she is usually happy to speak about any of those topics. A fairly comprehensive list of her past presentations, workshops, conferences, panels and classroom appearances follows below. Once again, if you are interested in booking Julia, you can contact her by email at .

Julia’s past presentations, speeches, workshops, conferences, panels and classroom appearances:

--Mayo Clinic (July, 2018): talk entitled “Biological Sex” and the Pathologization of Transgender People.

--California Institute of Integral Studies (May, 2018): A Conversation with Julia Serano and Zara Zimbardo: On Trans Feminism.

--University of Washington, Tacoma Pride (May, 2018): keynote talk entitled Queer Communities and Future Possibilities.

--La Salle University (April, 2018): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--University of Maine (March, 2018): keynote talk entitled A Social Justice Activist’s Perspective on Call-Out Culture, Identity Politics, and Political Correctness.

--University of Southern Maine (March, 2018): talk entitled Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive.

--Denison University (March, 2018): talk entitled Sexuality, Sexualization, and Self-Examining Desire.

--SUNY Fredonia (October, 2017): talk entitled A Social Justice Activist’s Perspective on Call-Out Culture, Identity Politics, and Political Correctness.

--Transforming Care Conference (October, 2017): plenary talk entitled “Biological Sex” and the Pathologization of Transgender Identities.

--Otterbein University (October, 2017): talk & performance entitled Outspoken: Thoughts from a Decade of Transgender and Trans Feminist Activism.

--GLBT History Museum (August, 2017): panel member on Fighting Back: Gender Labels -- Then & Now.

--TransAction (June, 2017): panel member on Trans Writing as Activism.

--CREGS 15th Annual Summer Institute on Sexuality (May, 2017): keynote talk entitled Sexuality, Sexualization, and Self-Examining Desire.

--Evergreen State College, Tacoma (April, 2017): talk entitled Femininity, Feminism, and Differences of Opinion in Activism.

--San Francisco Women’s March (January, 2017): speech entitled Empathy Politics.

--Houston Transgender Unity Banquet (September, 2016): keynote talk entitled Transgender Activism: Past, Present, and Beyond.

--Bay Area Book Festival (June, 2016): panel member on Disruptors: Writing for Social Change.

--Franklin & Marshall College (April, 2016): talk entitled The Intersections of Feminism and Queer and Trans Politics.

--Vanderbilt University (March, 2016): Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society, entitled Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive.

--University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (March, 2016): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--Webster University (March, 2016): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--University of British Columbia (January, 2016): Sexual Assault Awareness Month keynote entitled Rethinking Sexualization.

--PRIDE Vermont (September, 2015): keynote speech entitled Making Transgender Activism More Inclusive.

--Bay Area Book Festival (June, 2015): panel member on Trans Voices in Literature.

--DePaul University (May, 2015): LGBTQA Month keynote entitled Making Feminist & Queer Movements More Inclusive and another talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--University of Kansas (April, 2015): talk entitled Making Feminist & Queer Movements More Inclusive.

--Fredonia State University (April, 2015): talk entitled Making Feminist & Queer Movements More Inclusive.

--Wright State University (March, 2015): Women’s History Month Scholar-in-Residence - multiple events including Keynote Address entitled Making Feminist & Queer Movements More Inclusive, plus Poetry & Activism Workshop.

--Centre College (March, 2015): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--California Institute of Integral Studies (November, 2014): talk entitled Making Feminist & Queer Movements More Inclusive.

--University of Missouri at St. Louis (November, 2014): talk entitled Transgender Activism and Beyond.

--University of Southern California (November, 2014): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--Dalhousie University (October, 2014): talk entitled Making Feminist & Queer Movements More Inclusive.

--New York University (October, 2014): talk entitled Making Feminist & Queer Movements More Inclusive.

--OUT/LOUD 2014: Queer & Trans Women's Music Festival at University of Oregon, Eugene (May, 2014): music performance.

--Canadian University Queer Services Conference (May, 2014): keynote talk entitled A Trans Female/Feminine Perspective on Sexism and Exclusion.

--Rutgers University, Newark (April, 2014): talk entitled Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive.

--Vassar College (April, 2014): talk entitled The Intersections of Feminism and Queer and Trans Politics.

--Syracuse University (April, 2014): keynote speech for Trans* Day Of Liberation.

--Butler University (April, 2014): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Gender, Perception, and Nature-versus-Nurture.

--Manchester University (March, 2014): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--B’More Proud LGBTQIA Leadership Summit, Johns Hopkins University (March, 2014): keynote talk on Breaking Boundaries.

--Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (March, 2014): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (March, 2014): talk entitled Rethinking Sexualization.

--Swarthmore College (February, 2014): talk entitled Sexualization and Marginalization.

--Radford University (November, 2014): talk entitled Recognizing the B and T in LGBTQ.

--University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (November, 2014): talk entitled The Intersection of Feminism, Queer, and Trans Politics.

--Seattle Trans* Pride (June, 2013): keynote speech on Challenging Gender Entitlement.

--Western Washington University (May, 2013): talk entitled A Holistic View of Feminism.

--Stony Brook University (April, 2013): talk entitled Intersections of Feminism, Queer and Trans Politics.

--Smith College (April, 2013): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Experience, Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--Clark University (April, 2013): talk entitled Recognizing All Forms of Sexism.

--Technologies and Locales of Knowledge: An Interdisciplinary Symposium Exploring Discourse, Meaning, and Power (March, 2013): keynote talk on Holistic Approaches to Feminism.

--Concordia University (March, 2013): talk entitled Putting the Feminine Back into Feminism.

--Cornell University (March, 2013): talk entitled A Holistic View of Feminism.

--Pacific University (March, 2013): talk entitled Sexualization and Anti-Transgender Discrimination.

--Furman University (March, 2013): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Experience, Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--Brown University (March, 2013): talk entitled Intersections of Feminism, Queer and Trans Politics.

--Stanford University (January, 2013): talk entitled What we think of blue and pink.

--San Francisco Dyke March event (November, 2012): panel member on Age and Gender Diversity.

--Boston College (November, 2012): talk for Love Your Body Week.

--Transgender Leadership Summit (November, 2012): panel member on Our Art is Our Advocacy.

--TransForming Feminisms: Trans Access (the redux) conference (September 2012): keynote talk on Trans Feminism: a performance and discussion.

--UC Berkeley, Genetics, Development & Molecular Evolution Supergroup Symposium (May 2012): The development and evolution of arthropod appendages: Insights from the functional analysis of Hox genes in Parhyale.

--Southern Oregon University (April 2012): talk entitled Intersections of Feminism, Queer and Trans Politics.

--American Musicological Society conference, LGBTQ Study Group (November 2011): panel entitled Trans/Gendering the Voice: Julia Serano in Conversation with Stephan Pennington.

--University of Georgia, Athens (November 2011): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Experience, Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--Amherst College (November 2011): talk entitled Putting the Feminine Back into Feminism.

--Stetson University (October 2011): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.

--Translating Identity Conference (October 2011): keynote talk on Challenging Gender Entitlement.

--At the Border: Transformation and Transition in Contemporary Feminism (April, 2011): keynote talk on A Holistic View of Feminism.

--Lewis and Clark Gender Studies Symposium (March 2011): featured speaker, talk entitled Compulsory Genderqueerness: Transsexuality, Feminism and the “End of Gender”, and panel member on Speaking of Privilege: Trans Women’s Experience of Feminism from the Inside.

--Colorado Gold Rush conference (February 2011): keynote talk on Sexualization and Anti-Transgender Discrimination.

--UC Berkeley, Essig talk (February 2011): talk on Hox genes and crustacean development.

--Reed College (December 2010): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.

--Radical Queer Convergence, Ohio State University (November 2010): keynote talk on Putting the Feminine Back into Feminism.

--Yale University (November 2010): talk entitled Putting the Feminine Back into Feminism.

--Grinnell College (April 2010): talk entitled Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.

--Carleton College (April 2010): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.

--St. Cloud State University (April 2010): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.

--American University (March 2010): talk entitled Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.

--Northern Illinois University (March 2010): talk entitled Rethinking Sexualization.

--Queen’s University (December 2010): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.

--Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tulsa, OK (July 2009): performance poetry presentation.

--Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (June 2009): keynote talk on Psychology, Sexualization and Trans-Invalidations.

--Lawrence University (April 2009): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.

--Marquette University (April 2009): talk entitled The Intersection of Feminism, Queer and Transgender Activism.

--University of Cincinnati (April 2009): talk entitled The Intersection of Feminism, Queer and Transgender Activism.

--Bryn Mawr College (March 2009): talk entitled The Intersection of Feminism, Queer and Transgender Activism.

--Women, Action and the Media! (WAM!) Conference (March 2009): panel member on In/Out of Focus, Broadening a Feminist Lens: Gender, Non-Conformity and the Media.

--University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (March 2009): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.

--2nd Annual Bodies of Knowledge Symposium at University of South Carolina Upstate (March, 2009): talk entitled Putting the Feminine Back Into Feminism.

--23rd Annual Conference of the International Foundation for Gender Education (February 2009): paper presented on Autogynephilia and the Psychological Sexualization of MTF Transgenderism.

--Equality and Parity II Conference (January 2009): workshop presented entitled Sexism and Sexualization of MTF Transgenderism.

--The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco (December, 2008): panel member on Passing on the Pen: Intergenerational Queer Storytellers.

--Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (November 2008): performance poetry presentation.

--Nazareth College (October 2008): talk entitled Transsexual & Transfeminine Perspectives on Sexism.

--University of California, Berkeley (September 2008): guest lecturer in class on Gender and Education in the Americas.

--Femme2008: The Architecture of Femme (August 2008): keynote talk on Reclaiming Femininity.

--Northwestern University (May 2008): talk entitled Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.

--University of California, San Diego (May 2008): performance poetry presentation.

--Transsomatechnics: Theories and Practices of Transgender Embodiment conference (Vancouver; May 2008): paper presented on A Bio-Experiential Model of Transsexuality.

--California State University at Sacramento (April 2008): talk entitled Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.

--University of California at Berkeley (April 2008): performance poetry presentation.

--New Leaf (San Francisco, CA; April, CA): presentation on Understanding Sexism and Transphobia Toward Trans Women.

--California College of the Arts (Oakland, CA; April 2008): guest speaker in Anthropology of the Body.

--University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (April 2008): talk entitled Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.

--UCLA (Los Angeles; December 2007): performance poetry presentation.

--University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (November 2007): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Experience, Perception and Gender Entitlement.

--United Council’s Women’s Leadership Conference (University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh; November 2007): keynote speech entitled Transpositions.

--California State University East Bay (Hayward, CA; September 2007): guest speaker in Humans and Sex.

-- San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA; September 2007): guest speaker in Women Studies Lecture Series.

--TRANSforming Gender 2007: Conference on Transgender Activism (University of Colorado at Boulder; October 2007): workshop presented on Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.

--American Philosophical Association Conference (San Francisco, CA; April 2007): panel member on Intersection between Transgender and Feminist.

--The Association For Women in Psychology Conference (San Francisco, CA; March 2007): paper presented on The Psychiatric Sexualization of Male-to-Female Transgenderism.

--Femme 2006 conference (San Francisco, CA; August 2006): spoken word presentation.

--3rd Annual Trans March (San Francisco, CA; June 2006): guest speaker.

--National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Conference (Oakland, CA; June 2006): panel member on the topic of Transfeminisms: Transgender, Genderqueer, and Gender-Defiant Approaches to Feminism.

--San Francisco State University (san Francisco, CA; October 2005): guest speaker in Social Aspects of Sexuality.

--2nd Annual Trans March (San Francisco, CA; June 2005): guest speaker.

--UCLA: outCRY! 2005 (Los Angeles, CA; May 2005): performance poetry presentation.

--San Jose State University. Transgender Awareness Week (San Jose, CA; May 2005): performance poetry presentation.

--California College of the Arts (Oakland, CA; March 2005): "Unraveling Gender" - a workshop and performance poetry presentation on gender.

--Notre Dame High School (Belmont, CA; February 2005): guest speaker on transgender issues and experiences.

--University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, CA; February, 2005): guest speaker for the Anatomy, Sex, and Gender section of Female Sexuality.

--4th annual Genderblast Conference (San Francisco, CA; November, 2004) panel member on the topic of MTF Transitioning.

--University of California at Berkeley (September, 2004): guest speaker for the Anatomy, Sex, and Gender section of Female Sexuality.

--LadyFest Bay Area (San Francisco, CA; August, 2004): panel member on the topic of Trans-Activism.

--1st Annual Tranny March (San Francisco, CA; June 2004): guest speaker.

--APCA (Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities) Conference (Atlanta, GA; Spring 2004): "Unravelling Gender" a workshop and performance poetry presentation on gender.

--New Word Series (San Francisco, CA; Fall, 2003): panel member on the topic of Diversity in Slam Poetry.

--San Francisco State University (Spring 2003): workshop on Slam Poetry/Spoken Word.

--Diablo Valley Community College (Spring 2003): "Unravelling Gender" a workshop and performance poetry presentation on gender.


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