Sexy in Theory

Grace Lavery on gender, genre, and fighting TERFS

By Vicky Osterweil

Photos By Angel Añazco

Grace Lavery lounges on a white sofa in a vivid shirt with tattooed arms

The bright-eyed optimism of 2014’s “the transgender tipping point” — the moment when Time magazine declared trans equality just over the horizon — is now undeniably dead. The ascendent Christo-fascist wing of the American far right is using anti-trans politics as a tool to take control of their party and the state, and Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs), especially in the U.K., are using it to drive liberals away from progressive movements by declaring that support for trans people means contempt for cis women. 

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