GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary

Author(s): Joan Nestle, Riki Anne Wilchins, Clare Howell

LGBTI & Queer Studies | Trans, Intersex, Gender Diverse & Gender Non-Binary

Perhaps more than any other issue, gender identity has galvanized the queer community in recent years. The questions go beyond the nature of male/female to a yet-to-be-traversed region that lies somewhere between and beyond biologically determined gender. In this groundbreaking anthology, three experts in gender studies and politics navigate around rigid, societally imposed concepts of two genders to discover and illuminate the limitless possibilities of identity. Thirty first-person accounts of gender construction, exploration, and questioning provide a groundwork for cultural discussion, political action, and even greater possibilities of autonomous gender choices. Noted scholar Joan Nestle is joined by internationally prominent gender warrior Riki Anne Wilchins and historian Clare Howell to provide a societal, cultural, and political exploration of gender identity.


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Genders on My Mind3A

Continuous Nonverbal Communication11


It's Your Gender, Stupid23

Queerer Bodies33

Changing the Subject47Deconstructing Trans55

Queens in Exile, The Forgotten Ones67





A Conversation With J. T. LeRoy98



Loving Outside Simple Lines113

World's Youngest120

Packing a Rod125

Not as if You Felt That Way ...127

A Life130


Do Your Ears?147

Do It on the Dotted Line156

Fading to Pink161

Passing Realities166

Who Knows What Evil Lurks?17

1My Woman Poppa175

A Femme's Diary179

I Walked Into the Oaks Club182


Story of a Preadolescent Drag King194

Two Women202

Affronting Reason204

A Safe Trip Home220

Would I Dare? - There - Penis Envy223

Wanting Men228

Twenty Passings238

Courage From Necessity247

Whose Body Is This Anyway?250

Performing Translesbian253

Disorderly Fashion260

This Butch Body263

Be a Man267

The A Train273


Transy House279

The Gender Cops Work Overtime284

Epilogue: Gender Rights Are Human Rights289

General Fields

  • : 9781555837303
  • : alyson
  • : alyson
  • : August 2002
  • : January 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 296
  • : Joan Nestle, Riki Anne Wilchins, Clare Howell