New trans anthology features local authors, editor – Ethan Jacobs

A new anthology on the transgender civil rights struggle called Transgender Rights has strong roots in the Boston area. One of the book?s three editors, Richard Juang, is a recent transplant to Cambridge and a new member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC). The book, released earlier this month, also features essays from Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) attorneys Jennifer Levi and Ben Klein, who write about pushing for legal protections for the transgender community through disability law, and Northeastern University Law professor Taylor Flynn, who writes on transgender family law. Juang himself writes on issues around recognition of transgender identity. The focus of the anthology seems appropriately in tune with transgender politics in the Bay State; as MTPC readies itself for a campaign to pass a statewide nondiscrimination bill based on gender identity and expression, Juang said Transgender Rights places a heavy focus on looking at the transgender community through the lens of a civil rights struggle.