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Tumbling Into Queer Utopias and Vortexes: Experiences of LGBTQ Social Media Users on Tumblr

Drawing on one year of fieldwork with LGBTQ youth, I explore the ways Tumblr, a microblogging and social networking site, has become a vibrant center of queer discourse and collectivity. I argue that for LGBTQ users, Tumblr simultaneously generates the specter of a “queer utopia”—a space where queer potential flourishes and more expansive ways to…

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Genders and Sexualities in Indonesian Cinema: Constructing Gay, Lesbi and Waria Identities on Screen

Indonesia has a long and rich tradition of homosexual and transgender cultures, and the past 40 years in particular has seen an increased visibility of sexual minorities in the country, which has been reflected through film and popular culture. This book examines how representations of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals and communities have developed in…

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Marginal Bodies, Trans Utopias

Although over the last two decades there has been a proliferation of gender studies, transgender has largely remained institutionalised as an ‘umbrella term’ that encapsulates all forms of gender understandings differing from what are thought to be gender norms. In both theoretical and medical literature, trans identity has been framed within a paradigm of awkwardness…

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Sacred Camp: Transgendering Faith in a Philippine Festival

By embodying the paradoxes found in three webs of signification – panaad (devotional promise), sacred camp and carnivalesque during the Ati-atihan festival – Augusto Diangson, an individual of the ‘third sex’, was able to claim membership in the Roman Catholic community of Kalibo, Aklan in the Central Philippines while also negotiating the Churchʼs institution of…

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Using Cinema to Train Mental Health Care Trainees in Transgender Issues

Cinema is mainly produced for entertainment of the masses. With newer technology making film clips more available, teachers are increasingly turning their attention to films in training health care students. Transgenderism is one such area in sexuality training that can be taught using films. Transgender individuals face various phase-of-life issues and other life crises that…

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Cross-Dressing in Chinese Opera

The enchantment of the figure of the “male dan” ― female impersonator ― remains a residual element in the cultural imagination of many contemporary Chinese societies. The various kinds of interpretive possibilities in the commanding tradition of cross-dressing Chinese opera have yet to be examined in-depth. In order to discuss “mistaken identity” and gender issues…

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Goodbye, ‘temporary’ transvestites – hello, new girlfriend! Ozon’s transgenre and transgender crossovers in Une nouvelle amie (2014)

Departing from the premise that, prior to the passage of the marriage-for-all law in France, the representation of transgender identities in mainstream French cinema had been limited to the cross-dressing farce of comic film, this article studies Une nouvelle amie/The New Girlfriend (François Ozon, 2014), conceived, produced and premiered at the height of the gender-theory…

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Queering class: Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues

In presenting the daily struggles of a working-class transgendered person, a person who fits into neither prescribed gender category, Leslie Feinberg’s first novel, Stone Butch Blues (1993), exposes the quotidian practices through which fixed gendered and sexual identities are culturally constructed and systematically imposed. Stone Butch Blues chronicles preStonewall1 working-class transgendered and gay and lesbian…