Locked and Loaded: The Prison Industrial Complex and the Response to Hurricane Katrina

Within days of Hurricane Katrina’s historic and devastative landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States, New Orleans already had a new jail. Fashioned from the empty hulk of the bus depot,… Continue reading

The Disappearance of Phillip DeVine

  On December 31, 1993, three young people were killed in a farmhouse in Humbolt, Nebraska.  Brandon Teena, a white transgender man, Lisa Lambert, a white single mother who lived in the farmhouse,… Continue reading

Teaching Beyond “Tolerance”

  Introduction: Teaching Beyond “Tolerance” By Shana Agid and Erica Rand Love Is All Around? At the close of its 2007 summer session—just before we went to final copy on this issue—the U.S.… Continue reading

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This (Prints, 2007)

  It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This began in 2004 as an installation and letterpress printed book with original text and images that tell a story of relationship to family history, national pasts,… Continue reading

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

Snitch

  Snitch is a pop-up book about surveillance.  More specifically, it is about the ways people talk about what surveillance is and how, even as many people resist some forms of surveillance, we help… 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

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This (Book and Installation, 2004)

  It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This (2004) combines text and images to tell a story of relationship to family history, national pasts, the artist’s transgender identity, and the liberal discourse on… Continue reading

No Superman [please take one]

  No Superman (please take one) challenges the relationship between transmale bodies and superhero ideals, inviting the viewer to take a wallet-sized portrait of the artist away as a gesture of vulnerability and poltical… Continue reading