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Before We Were Trans

- A New History of Gender
 Author: Kit Heyam  Category: History  Publisher: Seal Press  Published: September 13, 2022  ISBN: 9781541603080  Pages: 400  Language: English  Tags: Nonbinary Author |  Alibris  Amazon  Bookshop org  Kobo  Libro.fm  Publisher  QLL  Find in a Library
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Today’s narratives about trans people tend to feature individuals with stable gender identities that fit neatly into the categories of male or female. Those stories, while important, fail to account for the complex realities of many trans people’s lives.

Before We Were Trans illuminates the stories of people across the globe, from antiquity to the present, whose experiences of gender have defied binary categories. Blending historical analysis with sharp cultural criticism, trans historian and activist Kit Heyam offers a new, radically inclusive trans history, chronicling expressions of trans experience that are often overlooked, like gender-nonconforming fashion and wartime stage performance. Before We Were Trans transports us from Renaissance Venice to seventeenth-century Angola, from Edo Japan to early America, and looks to the past to uncover new horizons for possible trans futures.

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Kit Heyam

Kit Heyam is a writer, academic, and activist specializing in queer history and heritage, as well as a trans awareness trainer. Author Website

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