from a performance
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 7:49pm

Despite the number of high-profile films, books and political debates surrounding transgender people that captured public attention in the 2010s, the voices of actual trans people remain decidedly outside the mainstream. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of publishing: Most writing by trans people is outside the mainstream, distributed by small presses or self-published online. This series aims to introduce interested readers to trans fiction writers, whose work might not be familiar to most.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 8:11pm

After I watched Jessica Dunn Rovinelli’s second feature-length film, “So Pretty,” I found myself bringing it up to my trans friends. “It’s hard to describe,” I would say. “But you should really see it.” 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 8:10pm

It’s the early 2010s in New York City, and Maria Griffiths, a trans woman in her late 20s and the protagonist of Imogen Binnie’s 2013 novel “Nevada,” is writing a blog post in an internet café. After recapping the strange few days she’s had, she turns to a speculative exercise:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 7:38pm

“If you are a marginalized person, most film and television is not made with you in mind,” Laverne Cox says about 20 minutes into Sam Feder’s new documentary, “Disclosure.” “If you are a person of color, an LGBTQ person, a person who’s an immigrant, if you’re a person with a disability, you develop a critical awareness because you understand that the images that you’re seeing are not your life.” 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 5:41pm

A common misconception about “coming out” is that it represents a clean break, where there is a definitive moment when you’re in the closet and when you’re fully out in public. Most queer people will tell you that coming out is instead something you have to do over and over — that the people you will meet will most likely assume you’re straight until you inform them otherwise. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 7:54pm

I’ve been having a hard time keeping track of time, but Goodreads indicates that it took me just under two weeks to read “Pride and Prejudice.” For some reason it feels like longer. Or maybe not? Time is passing in strange ways now. Maybe it’s that everything I do now has a greater tendency to completely fill my field of vision. When I decided to read Austen’s classic, it was all I really wanted to do. Her long, intricate sentences seemed to take up my entire brain. 

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 9:00pm

Surely the Second Coming of "Yeezus" is At Hand 

By Cassandra Dawn on December 3, 2018