Transgender Rights

Transgender Rights

Edited by Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang and Shannon Price Minter

The first comprehensive work on the transgender civil rights movement

400 Pages, 6 x 9 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780816643127
  • Published: August 18, 2006
  • eBook
  • 9781452942582
  • Published: August 18, 2006


Transgender Rights

Edited by Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang and Shannon Price Minter

ISBN: 9780816643127

Publication date: August 18th, 2006

400 Pages

9 x 5

"With Transgender Rights, Paisely Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Price Minter have edited a complex, coherent, and necessary collection of articles that navigates these questions with great agility.  Bringing together a group of highly respected and well-known lawyers, academics, and advocates who work within transgender communities, the collection serves as a snapshot in time of the analysis offered by a movement's leaders on that movement's future." —Law and Policy Book Review

"These informative essays will not only provide guideposts for the transgender individual, but will offer information on the legal, historical, and political aspect for their questioning family, friends, and allies." -Lavender Magazine

Transgender Rights is a magisterial collection of essays covering cutting-edge legal developments, movement histories, and political theory, written by some of the most celebrated names in both trans activism and scholarship. In addition to the three editors—all national figures in the transgender movement—contributors include some of the leading lights in gay and lesbian legal scholarship, such as Kendall Thomas and Ruthann Robson. The collection even includes an essay by Judtih Butler, whose pioneering work using the practices of drag to understand gendering makes her both celebrated and controversial. The essays are all relatively short and accessible to a wide audience, yet they are also uniformly theoretically challenging and conceptually rich, suggesting heroic labor on the part of the editors. This is an indispensable collection.” —Women’s Studies Quarterly

"Transgender Rights packs a surprising amount of information into a small space. Offering spare, tightly executed essays, this slim volume nonetheless succeeds in creating a spectacular, well-researched compendium of the transgender movement." -Law Library Journal

Over the past three decades, the transgender movement has gained visibility and achieved significant victories. Discrimination has been prohibited in several states, dozens of municipalities, and more than two hundred private companies, while hate crime laws in eight states have been amended to include gender identity. Yet prejudice and violence against transgender people remain all too common.

With analysis from legal and policy experts, activists and advocates, Transgender Rights assesses the movement’s achievements, challenges, and opportunities for future action. Examining crucial topics like family law, employment policies, public health, economics, and grassroots organizing, this groundbreaking book is an indispensable resource in the fight for the freedom and equality of those who cross gender boundaries. Moving beyond media representations to grapple with the real lives and issues of transgender people, Transgender Rights will launch a new moment for human rights activism in America.

Contributors: Kylar W. Broadus, Judith Butler, Mauro Cabral, Dallas Denny, Taylor Flynn, Phyllis Randolph Frye, Julie A. Greenberg, Morgan Holmes, Bennett H. Klein, Jennifer L. Levi, Ruthann Robson, Nohemy Solórzano-Thompson, Dean Spade, Kendall Thomas, Paula Viturro, Willy Wilkinson.

Paisley Currah is associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College, executive director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a founding board member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.

Richard M. Juang cochairs the advisory board of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) in Washington, DC. He has taught at Oberlin College and Susquehanna University. He is the lead editor of NCTE's Responding to Hate Crimes: A Community Resource Manual and coeditor of Transgender Justice, which explores models of activism.

Shannon Price Minter is legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and a founding board member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.