Synopses & Reviews
In the 15 years since the release of Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornsteins groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Today's transgenders and other sex/gender radicals are writing a drastically new world into being. In Gender Outlaws, Bornstein, together with writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, collects and contextualizes the work of this generation's trans and genderqueer forward thinkers new voices from the stage, on the streets, in the workplace, in the bedroom, and on the pages and websites of the world's most respected mainstream news sources. Gender Outlaws includes essays, commentary, comic art, and conversations from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people who live and believe in barrier-breaking lives.
"Fifteen years after Bornstein's groundbreaking Gender Outlaw, this follow-up collection presents the wide-ranging voices of a new generation of gender radicals. In thought-provoking essays, poems, and comics, contributors address the problematic nature of language and labels, which often force people into two categories; 'People get upset with transgender people who choose to inhabit a third gender space rather than "pick a side."' A lack of acknowledgment of alternate gender labels in public spaces such as restrooms, and on official documentation highlights this issue on a daily basis. Lypsinka, Ryka Aoki, Katie Diamond and Johnny Blazes and other contributors reveal how far we've come in defining ourselves, and some, like Janet Hardy, resist definition entirely: 'I am perfectly comfortable... not choosing a fixed identity location.' Self-assuredness and self-acceptance exude from these deeply personal writings ('Let's stop trying to deconstruct gender into nonexistence, and instead start celebrating it as inexplicable, varied, profound, and intricate'). Non-Western perspectives, including a description of a ritual for Maasai women who can't reproduce, broaden the concept of 'gender outlaw' and further challenge accepted notions of what is normal.
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“Visionary . . . Prescient . . . Signorile has brilliant advice for the future.” — Advocate
“Makes the case clearly and convincingly that after the high court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, the lives of LGBT Americans won’t change all that much . . . The fight will be long, but not impossible to win. All that’s needed is for the LGBT community to realize that ‘it’s not over.’“ — Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post
“[A] call to arms . . . Brutally honest and brimming with hope.” — OUT
“The thrust of Signorile’s urgent message is cogent and heartfelt . . . A cautionary, timely gay rights manifesto with teeth.” — Kirkus Reviews
“The gay rights movement is wise to temper jubilation with caution. In a sober new book entitled It’s Not Over, Michelangelo Signorile, a well-known gay radio host and blogger, warns against what he calls ‘victory blindness,’ which he defines as falling prey to ‘a kind of bedtime story that tells us we’ve reached the promised land.’ Getting beyond ‘mere tolerance’ and winning ‘full equality’ is likely to remain an elusive goal, he writes.” — Linda Greenhouse, New York Times
“Michelangelo Signorile knows confrontation. He’s great at it. A lot of people are alive today because he is great at it. A lot more are likely to have better lives in the future because he keeps doing it . . . Signorile has a message for the LGBT community: Stay confrontational; there is a backlash coming that will threaten the hard-fought gains made in recent years.” — Texas Observer
“An invaluable and idiot-proofed argument.” — Gawker
“Compelling in both its breadth and its frequent forays into granular detail . . . Signorile harnesses the concepts of victory blindness and covering to thoughtful consideration of a host of big issues before us.” — Gay City News
“An impressive polemic.” — Lambda Literary
“Signorile has never been more tactical and inspiring as he is in It’s Not Over, and he knows he is not just inspiring the choir anymore.” — New York Journal of Books
“Enlightening and compelling, It’s Not Over is a trenchant book founded on solid evidence that reveals the truth about the current struggle for LGBT equality. Through rich detail and powerful stories, Signorile shows why we can’t let our intensity falter, and he offers an incisive, exhilarating blueprint for the future.” — Martina Navratilova
“For twenty-five years, Michelangelo Signorile has been one of America’s most incisive critics and influential activists in the movement for gay equality, and It’s Not Over demonstrates he is better than ever. The new book is a penetrating look at one of the great social movements of our time and the challenges that lie before it. With detailed reporting and razor-sharp analysis, Signorile exposes the dangerous triumphalism that has taken hold. He reveals the bigotry and bias still deeply embedded in the media, the political establishment, and throughout American culture. And he provides an illuminating, stirring plan of action to vanquish it.” — Glenn Greenwald, author of No Place to Hide
“This page-turner cuts through illusions and lays bare the unique and ongoing oppressions lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people face. With great compassion, Michelangelo Signorile knits all of us who support equality together as a community with a purpose and a real-world plan for achieving our goals. Read this book, please, and use it.” — Kate Bornstein, author of A Queer and Pleasant Danger
“Unflinching, uncompromising, It’s Not Over is a call to arms. Signorile describes the full breadth and scope of the LGBT struggle. Indeed, the fight for equality, and for freedom for all members of the LGBT community is not over. This landmark work by an irreplaceable writer vividly illustrates why.” — José Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and founder of Define American
“It’s Not Over provides an eye-opening reminder of the deep roots of hatred and prejudice as well as the critical role played by LGBT activists. While the arc of the moral universe does indeed bend toward justice, Signorile is right—we cannot let ourselves be lulled into a false sense of security that we are at the end of the journey.” — Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney, U.S. v. Windsor
“Amid great progress and celebration, Signorile strikes a cautionary tone: homophobia is alive and well today, and the fight for equality is far from won. In fact, complacency and apathy are the biggest allies of well-organized conservatives who refuse to surrender their bigotry and hate. This astute book primes us to tackle the unfinished business ahead.” — Markos Moulitsas, founder, Daily Kos
Part coming-of-age story, part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality, coming directly to you from the life experiences of a transsexual woman, Gender Outlaw breaks all the rules and leaves the reader forever changed. 26 black-and-white illustrations.
One of the most prominent voices on LGBT rights boldly confronts the forces still standing in the way of full equality, and charts a course toward victory.
About the Author
is an author, playwright and performance artist. Kate's plays and performance pieces include Strangers in Paradox, Hidden: A Gender, The Opposite Sex Is Neither, Virtually Yours,
and y2kate: gender virus 2000.
Kate's books are taught in over 120 colleges and universities around the world, and ze has performed hir work live on college campuses as well as in theaters and performance spaces across the USA, in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria. Kate lives in New York, NY.
S. Bear Bergman is a writer, a theater artist, an instigator, a gender-jammer, and a good example of what happens when you overeducate a contrarian. Ze is the creator of three award-winning solo performances, as well as a frequent contributor to anthologies on all manner of topics. Bear lives in Ontario, Canada.