Transgender Travels Through Gender, Space, and Time

But I cannot say that I was “born this way,” because I was born this way and many others. I dare not argue that my gender is valid because is has always been this way, because I know that I will likely continue to transform in the future. So, I say this: growing up, I was queer at some times, a boy at others, and oftentimes a girl. Always, I did not know what I was becoming.

Read the rest of my essay here, published as a part of the “Pride” issue of Chicago Literati.

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Image credits: Pierre EmD and NASA

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Comic curmudgeon Harvey Pekar faces truth about Israel (Book Review)

ImageNot the Israel my Parents Promised Me is the story of one of the quietest of human dramas: the act of changing one’s mind.

In this graphic novel, legendary comic book writer Harvey Pekar and illustrator JT Waldman examine Pekar’s disillusionment with the State of Israel. Pekar and Waldman weave together Jewish history with Pekar’s memories from his childhood experiences as the son of ardent Zionists. Published two years after his death, the book captures Pekar’s talent for unabashed truth-telling.

I really enjoyed reviewing Not the Israel My Parents Promised me.  You can read the rest of my review here, on Electronic Intifada.