The ideas in this book were developed in conversation and collaboration
with many people, and I am deeply grateful for all who seek to bring
a collaborative, generous approach to queer and trans politics, to aca-
demia, and to legal advocacy in the face of pressures to do other wise.
Thank you to my editors at South End Press, Alex Straaik, Kenyon Far-
row, Jocelyn Burrell, Alexander Dwinell, and Asha Tall. Thank you to my
editors at Duke University Press, Jade Brooks and Ken Wissoker.
Many thanks to people who provided feedback on drafts of chapters of
this book along the way, including Grace Hong, Chandan Reddy, Craig
Willse, Jane Anderson, Rolan Gregg, Bob Chang, Morgan Bassichis, Cal-
vin Burnap, Cybele, Soniya Munshi, Emily Thuma, Erica Meiners, and
Angela Harris. Emily Drabinski deserves special thanks for providing
very valuable feedback.
I am grateful for the mentorship and support provided at vari ous
stages during which the ideas in this book were developing by Paisley
Currah, Janet Halley, Kendall Thomas, Katherine Franke, Ruthie Wilson
Gilmore, Andrea Smith, Bob Chang, Kara Keeling, Andrea Ritchie, Eric
Stanley, Jack Halberstam, Tayyab Mahmud, Urvashi Vaid, Eli Clare,
Leslie Feinberg, Lisa Duggan, Susan Stryker, Gabriel Arkles, Carmen
Gonzalez, Nick Gorton, Pooja Gehi, Elana Redfield, Imani Henry, Carrie
Davis, Lily Kahng, Angela Harris, Shannon Minter, Maggie Chon, and
Alex Lee. I am particularly grateful to the Critical Race Studies faculty
at ucla Law School whose teaching shaped so many of the ideas in this
book, including Cheryl Harris, Devon Carbado, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and
Jerry Kang.
Thank you to several people and places that hosted me in vari ous ca-
pacities while writing, including the Blue Mountain Center, The Centre
for Law, Gender and Sexuality at Kent Law School, Julie Shapiro, Dori
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