Category Archive: Writing

When We Became Normal: Transgender People in Pop Culture and the Politics of Normalcy

I am on a bus coasting along the Long Island Expressway. Because it’s a weekday morning, the bus is mostly empty. Just past Queens, I find myself watching glimpses of boy-on-boy sex on… Continue reading

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Boy: Transgeneration’s Meditation on the “Real”

I was sitting on a 42nd street window ledge at the end of a hot New York August afternoon when I looked up and discovered I’d hit the big time. I was on… Continue reading

“Fags Doom Nations” and Other Parables of Hate: Representations of “Hate Crime” and U.S. National Identity

In 1993, Brandon Teena, a white transgender man was raped and beaten, then killed in Falls City, Nebraska. In1998, James Byrd, Jr., a Black man, was dragged to death in Jasper, Texas and… Continue reading