Burn the Binary! and TRANS/gressive by Riki Wilchins

burn the binaryBurn the Binary!: Selected Writings on the Politics of Trans, Genderqueer and Nonbinary This collection of Wilchins’ writings is provocative and thought-provoking. I felt like everything I thought I believed was being turned inside out and back again. Also, Wilchins seems to be speaking to others within the queer community, which felt like a big hug. I recently read Serano’s Whipping Girl, and this was a perfect follow-up book for working through concepts that were still spinning their wheels in my mind. Love the hopefulness of this book, too!

transgressiveTRANS/gressive: How Transgender Activists Took on Gay Rights, Feminism, the Media & Congress…and Won! This is such a great book! It’s a pretty thorough history of trans exclusion in both feminist circles and gay/lesbian spaces, but it’s shared as memoir, a first-hand account told in Wilchins’ delightfully sarcastic tone. A must-read for every feminist. Even if you think you know a lot about the history of feminism and trans rights, you will learn a lot reading this. (Note: If you’re cis, please remember you shouldn’t use the reclaimed slurs Wilchins uses in the book.)

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