Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction is an anthology that will be released by Lethe Press in May 2012. Here is an io9 article about the anthology. I am super excited about this anthology and what it means for increasing the visibility of gender variant individuals.
First, Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica showed how queer bodies can be erotic without falling to body-negative and cissexist fetishizing tropes. Now a visible and gender inclusive science fiction anthology is going to be published? Fantastic! Books like these mean so much for getting images and depictions of gender variant folk out there and accessible to many. This is especially important for those who need them the most, gender-variant people.
I find Science Fiction of particular importance to my life. Many trans* people I know grew up in nerdy/sci-fi communities. If I had something like this growing up perhaps I would not have felt as alone and confused. I already used my interest in transhumanism as a proxy for my gender issues. I hated my body and often dreamed of technological solutions to having to deal with my body. However, I did not yet have the gender context (beyond undirected feelings of shame).
Something like this would have probably been very appealing and helpful to me then. In any case, I am getting this as soon as it comes out!
This looks exciting!
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