How street kids in the Bronx taught me it’s OK to be biracial and gay

Posted in Articles, Arts, Autobiography, Gay & Lesbian, Latino Studies, Media Archive, Religion, United States on 2016-05-18 21:06Z by Steven

How street kids in the Bronx taught me it’s OK to be biracial and gay


Terry Blas

As a “nerdy, Mexican, gay, Mormon child of the ’80s and ’90s,” cartoonist Terry Blas had trouble figuring out his identity… until an experience in New York taught him a valuable lesson.

Read the entire comic strip here.

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A Culture of Identity Choice: Assertions of Mixed Race, Transgender, and Other Identities and the Implications for Politics

Posted in Forthcoming Media, Gay & Lesbian, Live Events, Politics/Public Policy, United States on 2016-05-18 15:49Z by Steven

A Culture of Identity Choice: Assertions of Mixed Race, Transgender, and Other Identities and the Implications for Politics

Stanford University
Black Community Services Center
The Brandon Room
Wednesday, 2016-05-18, 12:00 PDT (Local Time)

Natalie Masuoka, Associate Professor of Political Science
Tufts University

While Americans have always connected with different social identities, today we find the assertions of identities such as “biracial,” “swirlies,” “boi,” and “transwomen” to be particularly significant. What is notable about these types of identities is that they communicate a person’s preferred self-identification relating to individual features historically understood as rigid and inherent. Masuoka argues that Americans today increasingly embrace a culture of, what she calls, identity choice in the United States. In today’s post-Civil Rights context, Americans increasingly believe and accept the idea that individuals can choose identities that were once seen as immutable. This presentation will trace the historical developments that have led to this new cultural perspective and offer a discussion about the possible political implications.

This talk is part of the 2015-16 RICSRE Seminar Series Spotlight on Race and Politics, co-sponsored by the Institute on the Politics of Inequality, Race, and Ethnicity at Stanford (InsPIRES). The event is also co-sponsored by the American Politics Workshop, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

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Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community

Posted in Books, Forthcoming Media, Gay & Lesbian, Health/Medicine/Genetics, Monographs, Native Americans/First Nation, United States on 2016-05-14 22:27Z by Steven

Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community

University of Washington Press
June 2016
176 pages
1 bandw illus, 2 tables
6 x 9 in
Paperback ISBN: 9780295998503
Hardcover ISBN: 9780295998077

Andrew J. Jolivette, Professor and chair of American Indian studies
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

The first book to examine the correlation between mixed-race identity and HIV/AIDS among Native American gay men and transgendered people, Indian Blood provides an analysis of the emerging and often contested LGBTQtwo-spirit” identification as it relates to public health and mixed-race identity.

Prior to contact with European settlers, most Native American tribes held their two-spirit members in high esteem, even considering them spiritually advanced. However, after contact – and religious conversion – attitudes changed and social and cultural support networks were ruptured. This discrimination led to a breakdown in traditional values, beliefs, and practices, which in turn pushed many two-spirit members to participate in high-risk behaviors. The result is a disproportionate number of two-spirit members who currently test positive for HIV.

Using surveys, focus groups, and community discussions to examine the experiences of HIV-positive members of San Francisco’s two-spirit community, Indian Blood provides an innovative approach to understanding how colonization continues to affect American Indian communities and opens a series of crucial dialogues in the fields of Native American studies, public health, queer studies, and critical mixed-race studies.

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​black girls rule: celebrating brazilian women of colour

Posted in Articles, Arts, Brazil, Caribbean/Latin America, Gay & Lesbian, Interviews, Media Archive, Women on 2016-03-08 14:44Z by Steven

​black girls rule: celebrating brazilian women of colour


Hattie Collins

Weudson Ribeiro’s new photobook Black Girl Power is shining a light on black female identity and LGBT women of colour in brazil.

Brasilia based photographer, journalist and political scientist Weudson Ribeiro is known for his images celebrating Brazilian queer culture. In his latest series, Superafro: BLACK GIRL POWER, Ribero documents Brazilian LGBT women who proudly express their sexuality and their blackness as a political statement…

Tell us about Black Girl Power and what you wanted to document, not only regarding black female identity, but that of LGBT women of colour.

With Superafro: BLACK GIRL POWER, I intend to document the huge diversity within the Afro-Brazilian spectrum, celebrate the beauty of women of colour and, hopefully, make a positive difference in the fight for freedom and equality by raising awareness of issues that affect the reality of black people in Brazil, since we live in a society moulded by racism, pigmentocracy, disenfranchisement and sexism. With the phenomenal rise of feminism amongst young women and a greater access to information provided by digital inclusion, I notice females feel more encouraged to wear their hair natural, or as they will, express their sexuality and reject euphemisms employed to address Afro features as though Negroid was a burden…

What do the women of your pictures represent?

Those women represent the stand against the odds of a judgemental society. Personally, meeting such beautiful and smart black women was a watershed. Being the only son of mixed-race parents, I had a hard time understanding and accepting my own blackness. It’s a problem that affects the vast majority of Brazilians as a result of our highly mixed ethnic backgrounds. So, as in the womb, this series marks to me a rebirth as a proud black LGBT man, after 24 years struggling with my racial identity…

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Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace: Emerging Issues and Enduring Challenges

Posted in Anthologies, Books, Gay & Lesbian, Law, Media Archive, United States, Women on 2016-03-04 20:33Z by Steven

Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace: Emerging Issues and Enduring Challenges

March 2016
415 pages
6.125 x 9.25
Hardcover ISBN: 9978-1-4408-3369-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4408-3370-0

Edited by:

Margaret Foegen Karsten, Professor of Human Resource Management; Internship Coordinator
School of Business
University of Wisconsin, Platteville

For America to prosper, organizations need to address disparate treatment of women and people of color in the workplace.

Insights from professionals in the fields of organizational development and diversity provide practical tools to help employees and managers—regardless of race or gender—collaborate in reaching their workplace potential.

The contributions of more than 30 experts reframe the discussion on gender, race, and ethnicity in the U.S. workforce, examining the complex identity concerns facing workers who fall within minority groups and recommending practical solutions for dealing with workplace inequities. Through focused essays, experts explore new perspectives to persistent challenges and discuss progress made in addressing unequal treatment based on race and gender in the past eight years. This detailed reference explores every aspect of the issue, including mentoring, family leaves, pay inequity, multiracial and transgender identities, community involvement, and illegal harassment.

The first part of the book identifies employment discrimination based on multiracial identity, appearance, and transgender status. The second section unveils the psychology behind harassment on the job; the third section provides strategies for overcoming traditional obstacles for the disenfranchised. The final section discusses updates on laws dealing with the Family and Medical Leave Act. The book closes with success stories of women of color in U.S. leadership roles as well as others achieving success in their professions outside of the country. Accompanying tables, charts, and graphs illustrate the field’s most poignant research, such as the relationship between organizational effectiveness and diversity and the characteristics of those taking family and medical leave.


  • Presents new research on the many forms of employment discrimination based on multiracial identity, appearance, and transgender status
  • Includes contributions from professionals in the fields of social psychology, law, gender studies, and ethics, among others
  • Reveals effective ways for promoting inclusion of women and people of color in today’s global workforce
  • Covers the workforce in the public sector, private sector, and military
  • Considers the role of social media in helping break through workplace barriers
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That moment you look in the mirror and realize you’re black

Posted in Articles, Brazil, Caribbean/Latin America, Gay & Lesbian, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive, Social Science on 2016-03-01 02:58Z by Steven

That moment you look in the mirror and realize you’re black


Tim Rogers, Senior Editor

Brazil’s Black Awakening

SAO PAULO, Brazil— Jessica Moreira was 21 years old when she realized she’s black. Natalia Paiva had turned 20 before she made the discovery. And Cleyton Vilarino dos Santos is sneaking up on his 26th birthday and says he’s still not sure if he’s black, white or what.

Welcome to Brazil, one of the most racially intermixed countries in the world. Racial identity is a complex issue anywhere, but perhaps nowhere more so than here, where the difference between black and white is not so black-and-white.

Generations of interracial marriages have led to a rich tapestry of phenotypes and skin tones in every conceivable hue. But it can make racial identity an evolving or fluid situation that can change as a person gets older, learns more about the world, and their relationship to it.

As a result, it’s not uncommon for young people to spend the first 20 years of their lives looking in the mirror without fully understanding the race of the person staring back at them…

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Staceyann Chin Worries About Money, and Selling Out

Posted in Articles, Arts, Gay & Lesbian, Media Archive, United States, Women on 2016-01-18 00:54Z by Steven

Staceyann Chin Worries About Money, and Selling Out

The New York Times

Laura Collins-Hughes

The day she traded in her little two-door convertible for a crossover S.U.V. — “a mom car,” she calls it — the performance poet Staceyann Chin went home and cried. It wasn’t enough that pregnancy had forever altered her body. Now, as she saw it, motherhood was taking away her sex appeal, too.

“But those are the ways it changes your life,” said Ms. Chin, 43, who has a curly, deep-red mohawk, a Jamaican lilt to her speech and, at her throat, a pair of silver necklaces, one of which is emblazoned with a single word: BadAss.

“And then you meet a whole bunch of other people who think moms are sexy,” she added cheerfully over dinner on Lafayette Street before a performance of her latest solo show, “MotherStruck!,” at the Culture Project. “Very strange, but true. They’re everywhere.”

The play tells the story of Ms. Chin’s determined quest to have a child in the face of considerable obstacles, such as being a cash-strapped, single, lesbian artist-activist with paltry health insurance. (In vitro fertilization? Definitely not included.) When at last she does get pregnant, it’s a victory, but a fragile one. At 14 weeks, she begins to bleed. And bleed…

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Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition

Posted in Asian Diaspora, Books, Gay & Lesbian, Identity Development/Psychology, Latino Studies, Media Archive, Monographs, Native Americans/First Nation, Religion, Teaching Resources, United States on 2016-01-10 21:13Z by Steven

Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition

December 2015
832 pages
7.2 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1119084303

Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education
Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York

David Sue, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

The standard bearing guide for multicultural counseling courses now enhanced with research-based, topical, and pedagogical refinements

Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition is the new update to the seminal work on multicultural counseling. From author Derald Wing Sue – one of the most cited multicultural scholars in the United States – this comprehensive work includes current research, cultural and scientific theoretical formations, and expanded exploration of internalized racism. Replete with real-world examples, this book explains why conversations revolving around racial issues remain so difficult, and provides specific techniques and advice for leading forthright and productive discussions. The new edition focuses on essential instructor and student needs to facilitate a greater course-centric focus.

In response to user feedback and newly available research, the seventh edition reflects:

  • Renewed commitment to comprehensiveness. As compared to other texts in the field, CCD explores and covers nearly all major multicultural counseling topics in the profession. Indeed, reviewers believed it the most comprehensive of the texts published, and leads in coverage of microaggressions in counseling, interracial/interethnic counseling, social justice approaches to counseling, implications of indigenous healing, the sociopolitical nature of counseling, racial identity development, and cultural use of evidence-based practice.
  • Streamlined Presentation to allow students more time to review and analyze rather than read more detailed text
  • New advances and important changes, such as expanded coverage of internalized racism, cultural humility, expansion of microaggression coverage to other marginalized groups, social justice/advocacy skills, recent research and thinking on evidence-based practice, and new approaches to work with specific populations.
  • Most current work in multicultural mental health practice including careful consideration of the multicultural guidelines proposed by the American Psychological Association and the draft guidelines for Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC) (2015) from the American Counseling Association’s Revision Committee.
  • Expanded attention to the emotive nature of the content so that the strong emotive reaction of students to the material does not prevent self-exploration (a necessary component of cultural competence in the helping professions).
  • Strengthened Pedagogy in each chapter with material to facilitate experiential activities and discussion and to help students digest the material including broad Chapter Objectives and more specific and oftentimes controversial Reflection and Discussion Questions. Every chapter opens with a clinical vignette, longer narrative, or situational example that previews the major concepts and issues discussed in the chapter. The Chapter Focus Questions serve as prompts to address the opening ‘course objectives,’ but these questions not only preview the content to be covered, but are cast in such a way as to allow instructors and trainers to use them as discussion questions throughout the course or workshop. We have retained the ‘Implications for Clinical Practice’ sections and added a new Summary after every chapter. Instructor’s Handbook has been strengthen and expanded to provide guidance on teaching the course, anticipating resistances, overcoming them, and providing exercises that could be used such as case studies, videos/movies, group activities, tours/visits, and other pedagogy that will facilitate learning.
  • Easier comparison between and among groups made possible by updating population specific chapters to use common topical headings (when possible).

Offering the perfect blend of theory and practice, this classic text helps readers overcome the discomfort associated with discussions of race, provides real-world examples of how to discuss diversity and difference openly and honestly, and closely examines the hidden and unwritten rules that dictate many aspects of diversity in today’s world.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • About the Authors
  • Section One the Multiple Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
    • Part I: The Affective and Conceptual Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
      • Chapter 1 Obstacles to Cultural Competence: Understanding Resistance to Multicultural Training
        • Emotional Self-Revelations and Fears: Majority Group Members
        • Emotional Invalidation versus Affirmation: For Marginalized Group Members
        • A Word of Caution
        • Recognizing and Understanding Resistance to Multicultural Training: For Trainees and Trainers
        • Cognitive Resistance—Denial
        • Emotional Resistance
        • Behavioral Resistance
        • Conclusions
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 2 The Superordinate Nature of Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
        • Culture Universal (Etic) versus Culture Specific (Emic) Formulations
        • The Nature of Multicultural Counseling Competence
        • A Tripartite Framework for Understanding the Multiple Dimensions of Identity
        • Individual and Universal Biases in Psychology and Mental Health
        • The Impact of Group Identities on Counseling and Psychotherapy
        • What Is Multicultural Counseling/Therapy?
        • What Is Cultural Competence?
        • Cultural Humility and Cultural Competence
        • Social Justice and Cultural Competence
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 3 Multicultural Counseling Competence for Counselors and Therapists of Marginalized Groups
        • Counselors from Marginalized Groups Working with Majority and Other Marginalized Group Clients
        • The Politics of Interethnic and Interracial Bias and Discrimination
        • The Historical and Political Relationships between Groups of Color
        • Differences between Racial/Ethnic Groups
        • Counselors of Color and Dyadic Combinations
        • Summary
        • References
    • Part II The Political Dimensions of Mental Health Practice
      • Chapter 4 The Political and Social Justice Implications of Counseling and Psychotherapy
        • The Education and Training of Mental Health Professionals
        • Definitions of Mental Health
        • Counseling and Mental Health Literature
        • Need to Treat Social Problems—Social Justice Counseling
        • The Foci of Therapeutic Interventions: Individual, Professional, Organizational and Societal
        • Social Justice Counseling
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 5 Impact of Systemic Oppression
        • Therapist Credibility and Client Worldviews
        • The Rest of the Story
        • Therapist Credibility and Attractiveness
        • Formation of Individual and Systemic Worldviews
        • Formation of Worldviews
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 6 Microaggressions in Counseling and Psychotherapy
        • Contemporary Forms of Oppression
        • Evolution of the “Isms”: Microaggressions
        • The Dynamics and Dilemmas of Microaggressions
        • Therapeutic Implications
        • Summary
    • Part III The Practice Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling/Therapy
      • Chapter 7 Barriers to Multicultural Counseling and Therapy: Individual and Family Perspectives
        • Identifying Multicultural Therapeutic Issues
        • Generic Characteristics of Counseling/Therapy
        • Culture-Bound Values
        • Class-Bound Values
        • Language Barriers
        • Patterns of “American” Cultural Assumptions and Multicultural Family Counseling/Therapy
        • Conclusions
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 8 Culturally Appropriate Intervention Skills and Strategies
        • Cultural Expression of Mental Disorders
        • Communication Styles
        • Sociopolitical Facets of Nonverbal Communication
        • Counseling and Therapy as Communication Style
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 9 Multicultural Evidence-Based Practice
        • Evidence-Based Practice and Multiculturalism
        • Evidence-Based Practice and Diversity Issues in Therapy
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 10 Non-Western Indigenous Methods of Healing: Implications for Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
        • Legitimacy of Culture-Bound Syndromes: Nightmare Deaths and the Hmong Sudden Death Phenomenon
        • The Principles of Indigenous Healing
        • Conclusion
        • Summary
        • References
    • Part IV Racial/Cultural Identity Development in Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
      • Chapter 11 Racial/Cultural Identity Development in People of Color: Therapeutic Implications
        • Racial Awakening
        • Racial/Cultural Identity Development Models
        • A Racial/Cultural Identity Development Model
        • Therapeutic Implications of the R/ CID Model
        • Conclusions
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 12 White Racial Identity Development: Therapeutic Implications
        • What Does It Mean to Be White?
        • The Invisible Whiteness of Being
        • Understanding the Dynamics of Whiteness
        • Models of White Racial Identity Development
        • The Process of White Racial Identity Development: A Descriptive Model
        • Developing a Nonracist and Antiracist White Identity
        • Summary
  • Section Two Multicultural Counseling and Specific Populations
    • Part V Understanding Specific Populations
      • Chapter 13 Culturally Competent Assessment
        • Therapist Variables Affecting Diagnosis
        • Cultural Competence and Preventing Diagnostic Errors
        • Contextual and Collaborative Assessment
        • Infusing Cultural Competence into Standard Clinical Assessments
        • References
    • Part VI Counseling and Therapy with Racial/Ethnic Minority Group Populations
      • Chapter 14 Counseling African Americans
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 15 Counseling American Indians and Alaska Natives
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
        • References
      • Chapter 16 Counseling Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 17 Counseling Latinos
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 18 Counseling Individuals of Multiracial Descent
        • Multiracialism in the United States
        • Specific Challenges
        • A Multiracial Bill of Rights
        • Multiracial Strengths
        • References
    • Part VII Counseling and Special Circumstances Involving Racial/Ethnic Populations
      • Chapter 19 Counseling Arab and Muslim Americans
        • Arab Americans
        • Muslim Americans
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 20 Counseling Jewish Americans
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 21 Counseling Immigrants and Refugees
        • Challenges and Strengths
        • Counseling Refugees
        • References
    • Part VIII Counseling and Therapy with Other Multicultural Populations
      • Chapter 22 Counseling LGBT Individuals
        • Understanding Sexual Minorities
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 23 Counseling Older Adult Clients
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges of Older Adults
        • References
      • Chapter 24 Counseling Women
        • Specific Challenges
        • Embracing Gender Strengths
        • References
      • Chapter 25 Counseling and Poverty
        • Demographics: Who Are the Poor?
        • Strengths of People Living in Poverty
        • Suggested Guidelines for Counselors
        • References
      • Chapter 26 Counseling Persons with Disabilities
        • Understanding Disabilities
        • The Americans with Disabilities Act
        • Specific Challenges
        • Supports for Individuals with Disabilities
        • Counseling Issues with Individuals with Disabilities
  • References
  • Author Index
  • Subject Index
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Crossing Gender, Fantasizing Bodies

Posted in Articles, Book/Video Reviews, Gay & Lesbian, History, Media Archive, Passing, United States on 2015-12-28 21:55Z by Steven

Crossing Gender, Fantasizing Bodies

Transgender Studies Quarterly
Volume 2, Number 4, November 2015
pages 717-719
DOI: 10.1215/23289252-3151664

Michael Davidson, Professor Emeritus of American Literature; Distinguished Professor
University of California, San Diego

Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race. Ellen Samuels. New York: New York University Press, 2014. 263 pp.

Ellen Samuels’ Fantasies of Identification is about attempts since the mid-nineteenth century to establish legal identity on some scientific, empirical basis as part of a national, biopolitical imperative. In this regard, the book contributes to the intersection of US literary history, disability, gender, queer, and critical race studies. Samuels chronicles a range of methods that were developed to regularize identity and naturalize the belief that identity could be read on the body. Examples include finger printing, the infamous one-drop rule for persons of African descent, current DNA testing for disabilities, blood quantum rules to establish Native American tribal identity, and myriad techniques of sex testing to verify legal gender within binary frameworks. Samuels observes that every attempt to ground identity in blood, genes, or appearance founders on the unstable nature of the very categories it hopes to stabilize: race, sex, gender, and ability. This instability is often produced by the imbricated relationship among such categories, and Samuels argues that disability is an always-present modality by and against which race, class, sex, and gender are read. Certifiable identity categories are, as her title indicates, “fantasies” produced by institutions wanting to secure populations in strict categories for the purposes of juridical, economic, and cultural control. But since these protocols are fantastic—a “thing we not only imagine but desire to be true” (6)—they are also subject to deformation, appropriation, and carnivalization by the…

Read or purchase the review here.

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Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion

Posted in Anthologies, Books, Gay & Lesbian, Literary/Artistic Criticism, Media Archive, Passing, Religion on 2015-12-28 21:17Z by Steven

Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion

New York University Press
August 2001
283 pages
5 illustrations
Cloth ISBN: 9780814781227
Paper ISBN: 9780814781234

Edited by:

María C. Sánchez, Associate Professor of English
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Linda Schlossberg, Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Harvard University

Passing for what you are not—whether it is mulattos passing as white, Jews passing as Christian, or drag queens passing as women–can be a method of protection or self-defense. But it can also be a uniquely pleasurable experience, one that trades on the erotics of secrecy and revelation. It is precisely passing’s radical playfulness, the way it asks us to reconsider our assumptions and forces our most cherished fantasies of identity to self-destruct, that is centrally addressed in Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion.

Identity in Western culture is largely structured around visibility, whether in the service of science (Victorian physiognomy), psychoanalysis (Lacan’s mirror stage), or philosophy (the Panopticon). As such, it is charged with anxieties regarding classification and social demarcation. Passing wreaks havoc with accepted systems of social recognition and cultural intelligibility, blurring the carefully-marked lines of race, gender, and class.

Bringing together theories of passing across a host of disciplines—from critical race theory and lesbian and gay studies, to literary theory and religious studies—Passing complicates our current understanding of the visual and categories of identity.

Contributors: Michael Bronski, Karen McCarthy Brown, Bradley Epps, Judith Halberstam, Peter Hitchcock, Daniel Itzkovitz, Patrick O’Malley, Miriam Peskowitz, María C. Sánchez, Linda Schlossberg, and Sharon Ullman.

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