Book Discussion of Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability by Jack Halberstam

Book cover of Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability

12:00 - 1:00 PM

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As a society, we have long been wedded to categorical identifiers. We are constantly asked to check box after box, diminishing our complexity down to a tiny signifier on a form. For years, the language we used implied that these categories were representative of a scientific truth, using phrases like "The One-Drop Rule" which suggested that a drop of Black blood made one "biologically Black". Even today, when discussing gender assigned at birth, many still to refer to "biological sex", as if all bodies came out of the womb fitting squarely into one category or the other, which any OBGYN would tell you is far from the truth. (Note: Rather than saying "biological sex", one should refer to "gender assigned at birth".) In this discussion, we will be reading the book Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability. This text uses an informal approach to explore both transgender identity and the trans community, weaving in both history and individual perspectives. A short and enjoyable read, it brings in humor, sadness, triumph, and loss in a way that personalizes this very human experience.

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