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The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You

Alternately unsettling and affirming, devastating and delicious, The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, is a new collection of essays on gender and identity by S. Bear Bergman that is irrevocably honest and endlessly illuminating. With humour and grace, these essays deal with issues from women’s spaces to the old boys’ network, from gay male…

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Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men

This pioneering anthology is the first of its kind, presenting raw, unadulterated testimonies of transsexual men’s experiences of sex reassignment surgery. The collection offers a comprehensive understanding of why transsexual men choose genital surgery and its trans-formative impact on their lives. Hung Jury has widespread appeal, catching the attention and interests of a wide and…

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Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality by Sue-Ellen Jacobs; Wesley Thomas; Sabine Lang; Men as Women, Women as Men: Changing Gender in Native American Cultures by Sabine Lang

Review of two books: Two-Spirit People: Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality. Edited by Sue-Ellen Jacobs, Wesley Thomas, and Sabine Lang. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997. Men as Women, Women as Men: Changing Gender in Native American Cultures. By Sabine Lang. Trans. John L. Vantine. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998.

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Writing the Lives of “Travestis” and “Jotas”: Ethnographies of Gender Transgression and Commercial Sexual Exchange in Latin America

Review Essay Mema’s House, Mexico City: On Transvestites, Queens and Machos. By Annick Prieur. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998. Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture Among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes. By Don Kulick. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each…

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America

This book could be aptly entitled After Marriage—What Is Next for the LGBT Community? Now that marriage is increasingly being institutionalized in many states within the United States it is quite likely that marriage will be acceptable in all 50 states (dependent upon action of the U.S. Supreme Court). What lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender…

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“You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!” And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions about Transgender and Gender-nonconforming People

Debunks the twenty-one most common myths and misperceptions about transgender issues From Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner to Thomas Beatie (“the pregnant man”) and transgender youth, coverage of trans lives has been exploding–yet so much misinformation persists. Bringing together the medical, social, psychological, and political aspects of being trans in the United States today, “You’re…

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Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest

Imperial Leather chronicles the dangerous liaisons between gender, race and class that shaped British imperialism and its bloody dismantling. Spanning the century between Victorian Britain and the current struggle for power in South Africa, the book takes up the complex relationships between race and sexuality, fetishism and money, gender and violence, domesticity and the imperial…

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Queer Democracy: Desire, Dysphoria, and the Body Politic

Queer Democracy undertakes an interdisciplinary critical investigation of the centuries-old metaphor of society as a body, drawing on queer and transgender accounts of embodiment as a constructive resource for reimagining politics and society. Daniel Miller argues that this metaphor has consistently expressed a desire for social and political order, grounded in the social body’s imagined…

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The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader

In this “canonical” anthology of Butch-Femme identities, Joan Nestle traces 200 years of lesbian history, from letters to memoirs to short stories. Nestle surveys a decade of the attempt to reconstruct and understand the meaning and value of butch-femme relations for the contemporary lesbian, drawing on oral history, fiction, poetry, and fantasy.