Transgender Articulations of the Law
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
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I find it odd when authors thank their partners at the end of their acknowledgements because they are the ones who must live through the writing of a book. In my case, this convention would read espe-cially strangely since our lives are so intimately intertwined as partners and colleagues. Somehow, we have found a way to make it all work. ...
Introduction: Transgender Citizenships
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In 2006, during my first summer in Atlanta, Georgia, sex-panicked residents in the gayborhood around Piedmont Park took it upon them-selves to intensify their policing efforts and crack down on suspected criminal activities. At just under two hundred acres, Piedmont Park is a stunning green space in a pink haven in a blue city in the red South. ...
1. Performative Repertoires of Citizenship
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On November 14, 1955, Debbie Mayne, a male-to-female transsexual, started her lunch break with a walk through Los Angeles’s Pershing Square, a popular cruising area for gay men.1 Dressed in men’s clothing, she entered the men’s bathroom. After exiting the bathroom, Mayne walked across the square and approached G. H. Nelson, a vice of_f_icer ...
2. PISSAR’s Critically Queer and Disabled Politics
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For most able-bodied cisgenders, public bathrooms are functional, unremarkable places for eliminating waste.1 They may be judged to be spacious or cramped, clean or dirty, plush or industrial, but they are generally unreflectively entered, used, and exited as part of one’s every-day routine. These places are not sites of interrogative and self-reflex-...
3. INTRAAventions in the Heartland
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On January 22, 2004, Bree Hartlage, president of the Indiana Trans-gender Rights Advocacy Alliance (INTRAA), and John Clower, chair of Indiana Equality (IE), met with the mayor of Bloomington, Indiana, Mark Kruzan, to discuss the amendment of the city’s Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) to include gender identity as a protected class. ...
4. GENDA Trouble
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For better or worse, the struggle for same-sex civil marriage rights continues to dominate the agendas of many LGBT advocacy organiza-tions. A quick glance at the websites, promotional materials, and mail-ers from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Lambda Legal (LL), and other national organizations reveals the importance of civil marriage ...
5. In Defense of an Impure Transgender Politics
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Up to this point we have engaged how trans people employ legal dis-courses and redeploy the terms of these rhetorical cultures across a vari-ety of domains. In addition to efforts to gain of_f_icial state recognition, trans people negotiate the legal regulation of their bodies, the spaces in which they work and live, and others’ understandings of their claims to ...
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About the Author
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Isaac West is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Communica-tion Studies and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at the Univer-sity of Iowa and serves on the Board of Directors for the Project on the ...
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Publication Year: 2013