Transsexual, transvestite, transnational, transgender, transformative...trans. This flexible, revolutionary term implies space between the either/or and in this provocative collection, pioneers in the field of transgender studies explore how the concept of 'trans' has drawn attention to the porous areas between definitions: between young and old, the real and the imaginary, and especially man and woman. The field of transgender studies, just like the movement for transgender rights, has the ability to shed new light on feminism by forging new paths to the liberation of the individual from gendered expectations.
Paisley Currah received a B.A. from Queen's University at Kingston, Canada, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He teaches at Brooklyn College. He has written widely on the legal status of transgender and gender nonconforming people in the US and co-edited a special issue of Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC Lisa-Jean Moore earned her BA from Tufts University and her Ph.D. from UC San Francisco. She currently teaches at Purchase College. She is the co-editor of Missing Bodies, Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives, and Gender and the Social Construction of Illness. She is the author of Sperm Counts. Moore lives with co-editor Paisley Currah and two daughters. Susan Stryker earned her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and currently teaches at Harvard University. She has served as Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. She won a Lambda Literary Award for co-editing The Transgender Studies Reader and an Emmy Award for co-directing the documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria.