Being a queer South Asian and the importance of Black Pride

Reeta Loi explains the personal importance of London’s celebration of LGBTQ people of colour, UK Black Pride Read More

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Fame, Performance and Ritual in Paris is Burning

by Kareem Reid One of the many significant moments in Paris is Burning, Jennie Livingston’s seminal portrait of late 1980s New York, was a montage of New York’s wealthiest going about their daily lives, walking the streets, shopping and appearing to enjoy themselves. It is in these moments where the disparity, the distance travelled from the… Read More

Some of us just want to BE: the importance of trans visibility

by Khaleb Brooks  I sat quietly in a large room at Chicago’s Gerber/Hart Library. Some sat nervous like me, wide-eyed and curious, fidgeting with their clothes, bags, nails and expressions. Others seemed like old friends, gallantly laughing, bending wrists, and gliding across the room in an array of both extravagant and dapperly conservative fashions. This… Read More

The Woman of Water Dreams

from Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul by Ryka Aoki 1. Consider that for every rational number, there exists an infinite array of values that do not resolve. The dead or frightened housecat. The slipshod dance of sun and moon. A Shanghai butterfly splits the baryons of a faraway nucleus… And you wonder… Read More

Visible Ordinariness: the journey towards protection, acceptance and equality for trans people

Or: Clear and Present Transgender by Suzy Wrong Visibility for many trans people is a conundrum. Unlike our genderqueer compatriots, we often work for ideas of gender that seem to be about, above all, conformity and normality, which in turn implies a certain ordinariness and social invisibility. In early stages of our individual transitions, we… Read More

Becoming Transgender

Content note: Discussion of suicide by Lawrence Richardson September 2001 stands out in most people’s minds because of what happened to the World Trade Center in New York. The only thing I remember from that month is trying to kill myself. I had it all planned out. I wrote letters to my family, divided up… Read More

In Bad Faith: The New Yorker and its Transphobia

By Huma Munshi Close your eyes and imagine struggling to do simple acts such as going out to buy a pint of milk or catching a train to work. Imagine that this is because the way you present does not align with mainstream societies view of what it means to be male or female. My… Read More