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The representation of transgender people within genre is a subject we’ve wanted to explore for a while now on this podcast. All too often, trans and non binary people are absent from speculative fiction, or if not absent then poorly represented. Why is this and what can be done to improve the situation? Cheryl Morgan joins us to discuss the cis gaze, trans people in history, intersectional feminism & the politics of gender.
Cheryl’s writing on trans history can be found here.
Authors & works mentioned in this episode:
- Gender Identity and Sexuality in Current Fantasy and Science Fiction (Luna Press); also now available in ebook format
- Dreadnought by April Daniels
- The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun
- The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt
- Armed in Her Fashion by Kate Heartfield
- Aldabreshin Compass series by Juliet E. McKenna
- The Green Man’s Heir by Juliet E. McKenna
- Roz Kaveney
- Charlie Jane Anders
- Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Yoon Ha Lee
Cheryl Morgan is a science fiction critic, editor and publisher. She is the owner of Wizard’s Tower Press and the Wizard’s Tower Books ebook store. She has won four Hugo Awards and has been a juror for the Tiptree Award. She was a Guest of Honour at the 2012 Eurocon in Zagreb, and will be a Guest of Honour at Finncon 2019 in Jyväskylä. You can find Cheryl online at Cheryl’s Mewsings, the Salon Futura podcast and on Twitter as @CherylMorgan.
For a scientific look at some aspects of transgendered physiology BBC’s Inside Science of 14th March 2019 talks about testosterone levels in sport. Not exactly SF&F but surely relevant to the debate.