Miss Major Speaks: The Life and Legacy of a Black Trans Revolutionary

Verso. Jan. 2023. 176p. ISBN 9781839763342. pap. $19.95. MEMOIR
This is an unusual memoir, much like Miss Major herself. It is told in a conversational, transcript style between Miss Major, a Black transgender woman famous for her activism and outspoken advocacy for trans people, and her assistant and friend, Meronek, a San Fransisco–based writer. At 82, Miss Major has had a life rife with conflict, and she shares firsthand accounts of what trans people of color have to do to survive. A former sex worker, incarcerated person, and survivor of the Stonewall riots of 1969, Miss Major shares memories, advice, and calls to action in her own authentic, irreverent style. This title is an unconventional vehicle to further understand the struggles BIPOC and transgender people face. It also serves as a call to action for these communities and their allies to help all people.
VERDICT Full of colorful language, characters, and bold statements, this book belongs in adult public library collections, alongside other amazing works on anti-racism, social justice, and activism, such as the documentary 13th and Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist.
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