Insult to Injury: Transgender / Translucent
In one story, a pathetic (?) drag queen, on her quest to transition to the body she was meant to be born into, slays no dragons and marries no princes. She survives a subway ambush only to sustain facial injury at work. Why read this? Read on. In another, a bereft woman dances her way into culinary oblivion, serving up plates… of herself. Why? These two fictional works question the concept of victory. While the characters in the stories may initially be seen as victims, a closer reading excavates the phoenix within the rubble of their lives. The literary pieces offer audiences a way of slipping into another’s emotions and mind frames without tethering them permanently to a life that isn’t their own. However, once enveloped within the story, the readers can see that even to the characters themselves, the world as an unkind place might actually be an opportunity for acknowledging alternative ways of being. Read. Resist. Resonate.