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Transforming CitizenshipsTransgender Articulations of the Law$
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Isaac West

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781479832149

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479832149.001.0001

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Transgender Citizenships

(p.1) Introduction
Transforming Citizenships

Isaac West

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   Atlanta Police Department, troublesome inhabitants, trans people, transgender persons, LGBT communities

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