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I am in an introductory fiction writing class in college in New York City, and we are tasked with bringing in a paragraph we find particularly moving. I choose the paragraph from Hubert Selby, Jr.’s Last Exit to Brooklyn in which a transgender sex worker, Georgette, saves the atmosphere of a party by pulling down a book and reading Poe’s “The Raven” aloud as Charlie Parker echoes from the record player. I don’t then...
Last Thursday in a cavernous hangar near 63rd and Lexington, Anohni debuted material from Hopelessness, her first album since publicly transitioning from her former identity as Antony Hegarty. She performed as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York at the Park Avenue Armory, a venue that serves as a monument to wealth, violence and imperialism in one fell swoop. The lights went dim right on schedule in the cave-like hangar,...
A total of nineteen states throughout the country—as well as Washington DC—have incorporated gender non-specific bathrooms in public places. And now, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has proposed legislation that would bring these bathrooms to the five boroughs, and has backed up his advocacy with a rigorous study that he hopes will change the minds of those opposed to the bill. The report, which is called Restrooms For All, details that while the New York...
After centuries of being virtually invisible in the public eye, transgender and genderqueer people are finally being represented in mainstream media. Caitlyn Jenner's and Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox's recent magazine cover shoots mark a pivotal shift towards visibility and greater acceptance of the trans community. Because this kind of change has taken so long, though, representation of transgender and gender-fluid bodies of centuries past is almost entirely missing from the art historical canon. In Z, a timely new exhibit at...

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