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By Laura Moreno

“Hello, new me. She’s now strong. She’s now confident. She is alive. She’s in love… I am here. I am her. I am transvisible.”   

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By Toby Jaffe

As someone who struggles with dysphoria, it was indeed a moving experience to both – paraphrasing Baldwin – see a corroboration of my reality, and uplifting visions of gender euphoria and pride in each of these films.

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By Toby Jaffe

The end result was a euphoric rainy mid-afternoon watching three flawed but wonderful short films on YouTube, all centered around the non-binary experience and featuring non-binary main characters.

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By Dick Atkins

Tiffany never gave up hope for her ultimate goal, finding love and comfort in the body and soul she felt was hers.

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By Anne Kruse

For many, feeling pride about who we are is a foreign concept, but we worked at it

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by Mae Espada

My mother whimpering, choking, eating her own words: “Really, who, what, are you?” Me, sitting down, clutching my phone in one hand and my bandaged chest in the other. This can’t be true. It can’t be true.

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Book Reviews

Still Up for Grabs: Burroughs’ Place

IN FEVER SPORES, an eclectic collection of essays and interviews about writer William S. Burroughs, editors Brian Alessandro and Tom Cardamone make a pitch for Burroughs’ place in the “gay canon,” arguing that the novelist “has been sainted by the literary establishment in general but not the gay literati in particular.”

La Mère

            A Woman’s Battles and Transformations strikes me as the least angry and the least politically charged of Louis’ four books. In revisiting the same material, I wondered if he had run out of something new to say. Early on in the book, Louis anticipates this possible criticism: “I want to write only the same story again and again, returning to it until it reveals fragments of its truth.” It’s that fierce, determined quest to get at the truth—even “fragments” of the truth—behind poverty, class, gender domination, racism, and homophobia that makes Édouard Louis an author well worth reading no matter how many times he hits the same notes.

Residency Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Go Out

            Making the Rounds is alive with passion and tumult, a discovery narrative in which the writer comes to recognize herself as capable of love. More reflection on the transformation might have been nice. But then again, the journey was hectic!

How to Survive a Sex Scandal

            A Secret Between Gentlemen is a carefully researched book that not only delves into an episode in early 20th-century British history but also provides an in-depth look at gay history in this era. The main story is one of great intrigue, filled with sex and crime and political scandal, outlandish lives, and an extraordinary cover-up. Unlike Oscar Wilde, Lord Battersea opted to use his connections and influence to escape prosecution and prison, a story that lay dormant for over a century.

From Chinquapin to NYC and Back

            The impact of the writer’s early years is echoed throughout the last two parts of Black Folk Could Fly. The lens is broadened to include perspectives from the writer’s stint working in a publishing firm in New York and his travels around the U.S. in search of what it means to be Black.

You’ve Been Pigeonholed

The Digital Closet looks at how the “unlikely bedfellows” of anti-porn feminists, conservative groups such as Morality in Media (now renamed ncose, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation), and alt-right groups like the Proud Boys have influenced the development of the Internet.