Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Eli Clare

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Eli Clare is a genderqueer disability advocate, writer and poet. In this oral history, Clare discusses how language gets re-claimed, taken up, or not; tensions in lesbian community around trans masculinity; passing; and the contradictions he felt medically transitioning and while simultaneously resisting pathologizing his body as needing a “cure.” According to Clare, transitioning “made life plentiful, made life possible in a way of expressing myself as whole.”

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