Wilchins timely “TRANS/gressive” makes history come alive

"TRANS/ gressive" by Riki Wilchins
"TRANS/ gressive" by Riki Wilchins

Riki Wilchins has always been one to tell it like it is. She is forthright and has a witty way of cutting through fog and obfuscation to the heart of the matter she is discussing. Her latest book, TRANS/gressive — How Transgender Activists Took on Gay Rights, Feminism, the Media & Congress…and WON! is the most recent case in point.

I’ve been a fan of Wilchins since she made her tour with her first book Read My Lips. I heard her speak and knew immediately I had to follow her work. As an activist and someone who has never understood the stumbling blocks that prevent the LGBTQ+ community from becoming a unified voting bloc, Wilchins made everything clear regarding the “how”, although the “why” eludes me still.

From TRANS/gressive’s first page, Wilchins makes it clear that this is her experience and narrative, something that is so rare in books of this scope. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read, especially for those of us who remember the headlines and news articles around the events she discusses and she provides the historical context in ways that if you’re like me, I hear her voice as if she’s joined me for a discussion over a cuppa in a local café. She’s to the point and her story is our story too, if you’ve spent any time working toward equality whether in New Jersey or around the world. You’ll need to break some eggs to make an omelet.

Get your copy of TRANS/gressive now! It’s the perfect read for the more serious literature of Autumn. In fact, get two copies in case that friend you loan books to who usually gives them back decides to cherish it for their own.

From Riverdale Avenue Books.