Trouble Genders: LGBT Collapse and Trans Fundamentality

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This essay considers how deployments of the acronym LGBT often obscure and flatten the specificity of the terms the letters reference. Also of concern here is how the T might be the more fundamental letter, as reactions to LGBT identity are indexed in gender transgression, to which the T refers. I argue for holding the trouble of the acronym in the T and that the trans underlies how LGBT, as a marker of subjectivity or violence, becomes legible. To carry this out, the essay makes a parallel to how LGBT functions similarly to people of color as the terms obscure the fundamentality of the trans and the black, respectively; clarifies the distinction between queer and trans, and subsequently trans and transgender; and demonstrates how transphobic readings are integral to homophobic responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-206
Number of pages16
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Philosophy


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