Trans* Rights Poetry and Talks, curated by Alicia Byrne Keane

Note: the following aims to show a collection of perspectives on recent thought regarding trans* rights and experience. I am aware that this list is only a fraction of the current diversity of experience being spoken about – and art being made – on the subject. I can only hope that this great creative flowering from within the Trans community (ies) continues to develop, and that someday soon the Trans* community will be regularly and proportionately represented in mainstream media and culture.

Alicia Byrne Keane is the Spoken Word Curator for The Bogmans Cannon.

TED Talk: Ending Gender by Scott Turner Schofield

Scott Turner Schofield addresses many important distinctions in this talk, discussing both the need for a plurality of terms and the importance of fluidity in how we define gender.

Janani – Trans/National

This poem explores the nuances arising from the intersection of perceived hierarchies of race and gender.

Alok Vaid-Menon – Gender Studies

This poem offers an interesting – and distressing – perspective on sociological study and the treatment of members of the trans* community as academic subjects.

TED Talk: Lee Mokobe – A Powerful Poem About What it Feels Like To Be Transgender

This is an impassioned personal story, dealing with the poet’s experience of childhood, religion, and family ties – besides also being a TED Talk entirely in poetic form.

Miles Walser – Airport Security
Miles Walser acknowledges, and embraces, both his past and present selves in this poem, challenging the idea of the transition as a rejection or dismissal of the past self.

TED Talk: Geena Rocero – Why I Must Come Out
A powerful talk to conclude this list, addressing issues of violence against the trans* community, self-image, success, and solidarity.