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Before We Were Trans

A groundbreaking global history of gender nonconformity  

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.  

Before We Were Trans

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  • Product Information

    Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender | Paperback
    ISBN: 9781529377767
    Publisher: John Murray Press
    Publication Date: 25 May 2023
    Genre: Queer History - Non-Fiction
    Pages: 352
    Dimensions: 129 x 198 x 25 (mm)
    Language: English

  • Queer Representation

    Trans Men
    Trans Women
    Non-Binary & Genderqueer
    Own Voices

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