Category Archives: transgender

April 13, 2012, 4:26 pm

What Kind of Times are These?

Anonymous, Adrienne Rich (c. 1975), courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-103575

Today’s guest blogger, Jennifer Finney Boylan, is professor of English at Colby College. She is the author of 13 books, including Stuck in the Middle With You: Parenthood in Three Genders, which will be published by Random House/Crown in 2013, along with the revised 10th-year anniversary edition of her memoir, She’s Not There. Boylan’s blog, There from Here is at, and she may be reached at


Last week, as prelude to an evening of poetry, my colleague Peter Harris– a writer and a professor here at Colby College–gave a short reading from Adrienne Rich’s “What Kind of Times Are These.” “She burned through the fog that I lived in like an acetylene torch,” he…

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January 6, 2012, 10:42 am

Are You Attending the Queer American Historical Association Meeting?

If you see this man, it's Ian Lekus. Tell him he did a great job as chair of the CLGBTH

Although I am not in Chicago, the spirit of the Radical nonetheless walks the halls of the Marriott.

This just in from Ian Lekus, the outgoing chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History (CLGBTH):  queer activities at the AHA abound.  I realized that there may be many people who did not receive this alert, since despite all my exhortations, you are still not members.  The lifetime membership is still a smoking’ hot deal at $200 (the equivalent of ten years of regular membership without the price of stamps and envelopes), while memberships for students, unemployed, and retired historians can be purchased for 5$, slightly more than that latte you just bought at Starbucks. (more…)

May 17, 2011, 8:49 pm

The Chaz Project: Gender, Celebrity And The Emergence Of An FTM Activist

Chaz Bono, with Billie Fitzpatrick, Transition:  The Story of How I Became A Man (New York:  Dutton, 2011).  244 pages.  Illustrations, index. $25.95.

Becoming Chaz (Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, 2010).  88 minutes.  Premiered at Sundance Festival and on the Oprah Winfrey Network (May 10 2011).

Famous people live in bubbles; the children of famous people also live in bubbles, and benefit much less from the experience.  Witness Chaz, the only child of Salvatore “Sonny” Bono and Cherilyn Sarkisian, otherwise known as Cher. One of the many criticisms that will doubtless emerge about Chaz Bono’s revised history, one that centers his gender transition and his new life as an embodied man, will be some version of this: how can a person who has had access to every possible advantage represent himself as an average transman?  To this I have two answers:

Everyone’s life is worth saving, no matter …

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