Gayle Salamon: The Basis of Sex: Trans Identity and the Law

Monday, December 2, 2019

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Department of English

70 Brown Street

Barker Room 315

This talk will examine the relation between sexual orientation and gender identity set forth in the prosecution of the Latisha King murder case and the current Supreme Court cases taking up gay and trans employment discrimination.

Gayle Salamon is Professor of English and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality (Columbia University Press, 2010) winner of the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. Her most recent book The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia (NYU Press, 2018) uses phenomenology to explore the case of Latisha King, a trans girl who was shot and killed in her Oxnard, California junior high school by a classmate in 2008.