Jaime Grant & Shannon Perez-Darby - Friendship as Social Justice Activism

Friendship as Social Justice Activism brings together academics and activists in a sprawling conversation about friendship, love, and desire as fuel for social justice movements. The contributors featured traverse disciplines, genders, sexualities and the globe impacting diverse movements, including women's and queer liberation as well as health, disability, housing, migrant, labor, and environmental rights. Though essays, poems and theoretical posings, contributors explore how cherishing and organizing with our friends creates vision and resilience as we dream and struggle toward justice.


Dr. Jaime M. Grant was principal researcher and co-author of Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) and served as co-editor for Friendship as Social Justice Activism. A lesbian feminist researcher and educator, Jaime has been active in LGBTQ, women’s and racial justice movements since the late 80s, running a rape crisis center in rural Pennsylvania in her 20s, and working as Policy Institute Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force in the 2000s. Her podcast, Just Sex: Mapping Your Desire, captures everyday sex stories told by queer and trans activists from around the world.

Shannon Perez-Darby has spent much of her life addressing issues of violence and marginalization. Shannon worked for 12 years as an anti-violence advocate within the LGBTQ community focusing on issues impacting LGBTQ youth, queer and trans communities of color and working on issues of accountable communities, sexual exploitation and domestic violence. The core of her work is creating the conditions to support loving, equitable relationships and communities. Her work on this topic can be found in the The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities and Friendship as Social Justice Activism: Critical Solidarities in a Global Perspective, among other publications.