Beyond Authenticity: When the Truth is Impossible to Express

“One does not always stay intact.” —Judith Butler, Undoing Gender  Thoughts I’m not quite sure who I am. That’s why I write fiction. I can fade into a story and express myself through multiple voices. It’s also why I’m an academic. There’s some comfort working in a web of scholarship, made intricate with theory, forever weaving and reinforcing. Blogging like this, however, is hard. I need to find a voice without relying on the imaginative sorcery of fiction or the theoretical cunning of academia. I need to figure out how to speak as me. Self is my least fluent language.…

Transgender Day of Visibility—Celebrating Diversity in Trans Identities

To the transgender community there are two important international days of recognition. The first, Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20, is a day to remember and mourn the violence experienced by the transgender community. The second, the Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), today on March 31, is all about making the trans community more visible in society. Transgender is a huge umbrella term to a lot of different people. For a long time, I considered transgender (trans) and non-binary (enby) as two very different identities. Now, however, my opinions on that have been changing. There is more diversity…

Trans voices in mainstream publishing—give us bread, but give us roses

We are facing serious upheaval and turbulent political times, and yet we can’t forget art. We can’t give up novels, poetry, paintings, music, and media, even in the most challenging of eras.  During the early years of the labor movements in the United States, circa 1911, suffragist Rose Schneiderman wrote: “What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist—the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must…

Blurring the lines: creating a welcoming space

Today I am happy, and proud, to announce our exciting new imprint, Queer Pack. Queer Pack is a place in which every member of the queer community can feel welcome. We want it to be a spot within the publishing world where readers can easily find high-quality queer fiction and non-fiction, written by queer people. And by that we mean stories with characters who are trans, non-binary, genderfluid, asexual, pansexual, bisexual, intersex — the list goes on! Our Queer Pack team members identify themselves in many different ways: lesbian, dyke, bisexual, butch, non-binary, genderqueer, demisexual, feminists, and transman. While together they’re…