This introductory chapter describes the efforts of the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to arrest transgender workers for being “troublesome inhabitants” of Midtown. When transgender persons and other community activists pressed the APD to justify their actions, the organization denied any prejudice directed toward trans people. The book centers on this anecdote, examining narratives of people involved in fighting the discriminatory policy. It also explores how legal discourses participate in the figuration of citizens, publics, and politics, the uniting characteristics and boundaries of LGBT communities, the anxieties associated with sharing spaces with strangers, as well as transgender and queer world-making responses to these problematics.
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