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Critique Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Trans in a Time of HIV/AIDS

By Che Gossett & Eva Hayward, 2020

The editorial section of a Transgender Studies Quarterly special edition on HIV/AIDS. “To think AIDS and trans, then, means we must think racial and sex/gender differences together, even as those investigations destabilize the familiar logics, investments, and protocols of trans theory. But how? In what way? There are so many questions—so much that requires attention—and yet outside public health and the social sciences (both of which rely on the general field of transgender studies to refine their languages, questions, and conclusions), there is little to no theoretical engagement with how AIDS “defines” trans people’s experience and—even more startlingly, perhaps—the very field of transgender studies itself.”

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