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IT’S A BLACK TRANS WOMEN DOUBLEHEADER!

A reminder that on US broadcast network television tonight you can watch not one, but TWO dramas featuring black transgender woman characters – and this is mightily important – portrayed by black transgender actresses!

First at 9 pm ET/PT (or 8 pm CT/HT) on FOX-TV, it’s Lee Daniels’ STAR, co-starring Amiyah Scott (The Real Housewives Of Atlanta) as Cotton, the daughter of Carlotta (a shoutout to the famous Aussie showgirl?) Brown, who’s played by Queen Latifah. STAR also features “Miss Lawrence” Washington (Fashion Queens, Empire) as receptionist Miss Bruce (reportedly in transface).

Then switch over to CBS-TV at 10 pm ET/PT for the premier episode of the legal drama Doubt, starring Laverne Cox (#Metallica who?) as Harvard-educated lawyer Cameron Wirth. This show was created and is executive-produced by Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy), parents to trans actor Tom Phelan (@tomphelan9) (The Fosters); one of its writers is novelist Imogen Binnie (@boredangry). And slated as guest stars are Angelica Ross (@missrosscreative), Jen Richards (@smartassjen) and Alexandra Grey. Via ioneglobalgrind on Wordpress

Nevada by Imogen Binnie 

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Nevada is the darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she’d carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey that will most certainly change her forever.

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ok I just finished Nevada by Imogen Binnie and like…..

have you ever read a novel that was so deeply personal to you that it seems as if all other novels you’ve ever read were academic and this one novel just walked up to you and stared into your soul and punched you in the gut?

this book was deeply fucking cathartic. Like i was having personal epiphanies within the first 50 pages.

I felt like the character Maria (29, trans woman, majorly fucked up) was a future self and the character James (20, stoner boy, made of weed and emotional repression) was a past self. Like not in a literal way, but in a metaphorical sense, like these are people that are not My Life Timeline but people that are Not That Far From My Life Timeline.

This novel made me feel like I’m not interesting because I am trans, but rather I am an individual with my own characteristics and interesting features.

It made my soul ache in the way that you do when you have been forced to confront the deepest things that are fucked up about yourself. I sort of feel like crying but I don’t think I will.

I’m definitely calling this my favorite novel for the time being.

I recommend this book to: everyone.

Content warnings for drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, transmisogyny, transmisogynist slurs, lesbophobic slurs.

Personally I didn’t find any of the transmisogyny (or, like, Discussion Thereof, which there is substantially more of,) upsetting. & like… it’s important to note that this is a book written by a trans woman with trans women characters that’s set in the real world so like of course there’s transmisogyny & discussion of transmisogyny.

It is a novel about people with some major problems, but it is an artistically legitimate book, not a Tragic Trans Women Are Suffering book. I feel that it’s meant to be evocative in a lot of different ways, not ‘a Tearjerker For The Sake Of Being A Tearjerker.’

SPOILER ALERT!:
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Nobody dies.

Let’s not talk about capitalism or anarchism or anything except I do want to say that those things ended up being totally essential to my understanding of being trans and feminism and my location and the things that suck about being trans. All that stuff. So maybe like we can table them for now and get back to them.
—  Imogen Binnie, Nevada (2013)
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Nevada by Imogen Binnie

Maria knows people who transitioned years before she did, even a couple people who started transitioning like a decade before she did. They’re not fuckups. But they’re not, like, buddhas, either. She’s thought of them as buddhas, in her life, and then been disappointed when they’ve explained that their enlightenment consists of: Fuck what people think, and I dunno man, and There is no center at the center of things. It’s like, cool, but then how do you repair the damage that a fucking lifetime of not giving a fuck about your life did to you?

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A few people have written in asking me about queer summer reads… I’ve always had trouble defining what makes a book summery or a good beach read (or maybe I just gravitate towards rainy-day books), but booktuber woolfswhistle put together a great list for queer ladies in the video above!

It’s stupid, anyway. He is supposed to be this End of Gender tough punk genderqueer radical, but it’s not like James Joyce was working to undermine patriarchy. Kieran will talk about all the reasons that yes, Joyce was working to undermine patriarchy, but the actual answer was no, James Joyce was a patriarchal fuck and dead white man worship is a function of patriarchy. But fuck that conversation right now. Maria ignores him.
—  Just got my copy of Nevada in the mail, I am twenty pages in, it’s already so great I could puke
Eventually you can’t help but figure out that, while gender is a construct, so is a traffic light, and if you ignore either of them, you get hit by cars. Which, also, are constructs.
—  Nevada, by Imogen Binnie
LGBTQIA+ Books

Since this post that Janel and I made, a few of you have sent me recommendations for LGBTQIA+ books so I thought I would make a kind of always growing list for people. (In bold are the books I have personally read and can give you details on if you message me). The list is sooooo long, which makes me super happy, and please make sure to message me if I am missing one you love! Also, currently working on adding Goodreads links and genre to all of these to make things easier.

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my top 10 fave books as of rn (in no real order tbh)
  1. Madness, Rack, and Honey by Mary Ruefle
  2. Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  3. Against Interpretation by Susan Sontag
  4. Glass, Irony, and God by Anne Carson
  5. There Should Be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
  6. Diving Makes the Water Deep by Zach Savich
  7. Ecodeviance by CAConrad
  8. Nevada by Imogen Binnie
  9. Valencia by Michelle Tea
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

annacaldwell333  asked:

Hi! I'm sure you've answered this before, but I'm looking for books with trans, ace, and non binary main characters. Do you know any good ones?

Yep! You can always find them on the site: https://lgbtqreads.com - orientations and identities are clearly marked under the categories and genres you’re searching for. For some places to start, try: 

  • Anything by E.E. Ottoman for trans guys and/or non-binary main characters (e.g. Documenting Light, A Matter of Disagreement)
  • Austin Chant (Coffee Boy, Peter Darling) and Matthew J. Metzger (Spy Stuff, What it Looks Like) for trans guys 
  • A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett, Nevada by Imogen Binnie, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, Dreadnought by April Daniels, and Roller Girl by Vanessa North for trans girls/women 
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Orsmbee, We Awaken by Calista Lynne, City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault, and the upcoming Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp for ace main characters
  • Chameleon Moon and The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan Maguire, and the upcoming 27 Hours by Tristina Wright for both trans and ace rep among main characters
  • Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz, Behrouz Gets Lucky by Avery Cassell, and Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey for non-binary main characters
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Little known fact: it’s actually illegal for trans women to read books that weren’t written by other trans women.

Bonus fact: Taking animated gif selfies with books is what all the cool kids are doing these days. Because I say so.

Also: Thank you for the copy of Whipping Girl, Shae!

it’s really true though–cis women say trans women “claim to know what they’re lives are like” all the time, but yeah, we kinda do, comparatively speaking? cis women are everywhere. women’s media is cis women’s media. women’s literature is cis women’s literature. women’s studies is cis women’s studies. women’s music is cis women’s music. most trans women understand cis women’s lives better than we understand trans women’s lives. we find ourselves surrounded by cis women, who for many of us are constantly using us for emotional labor that leaves us knowing the intricacies of the cis woman’s life and that is never reciprocated. we take care of cis women, comfort them, talk them through trauma. yes, we know cis women’s lives very well.

trans women, on the other hand, have no media. barring a few names like Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Laura Jane Grace, Imogen Binnie, there are very few trans women that cis women will encounter in media, certainly not enough to provide a nuanced and complex view of our lives. few cis women listen to us about our lives, and when they do it’s in a tired, dismissive manner or in a pitying manner that ignores our realities in favor of the narrative of a suffering object. it’s fair to say that few if any cis women who aren’t chasers (i.e. people who learn about us with the sole goal of preying on us) have even the slightest idea what our lives are like. and yet you cis women claim an absolute understanding. you claim to know precisely what our life is, what we’ve been through, who we are. without ever engaging with us, without ever even reading our writings except to try to dismantle them, you claim an absurd absolute knowledge of our lives and our position under patriarchy. that is the epitome of entitlement and privilege.