Thursday, October 12, 2017
Riki Wilchins has been in the forefront of the the transgender movement for three decades leading the fight for rights before Caitlyn Jenner was a household name. Riverdale Avenue Books, the leading LGBT publisher, is releasing a collection of essays by Riki Wilchins documenting the struggle of transgender activism titled Burn the Binary! Select Writings on the Politics of Being Trans Genderqueer and Nonbinary.
Her incredible journey for fighting for transgender rights led Riki to author four books on genderqueer, transgender politics and queer theory. She has been a pioneer, influential thinker and writer for a quarter of a century. This single volume offers a selection of Riki’s most penetrating and insightful pieces, as well as the best of two decades of Riki’s online columns for The Advocate. Her pieces have reached millions of readers and included groundbreaking pieces like I have been told I’m no longer transsexual, Schlumpy White Guys, and the extremely successful essay Transexual Dinosaurs .
The cover features a unique portrait of Riki from artist Blake Chamberlain, a painter and trans man. The painting was originally a part of a grant based portrait series called “Trans American History,“ which featured ten American Trans activists. Riki was chosen as one of the ten due to her leadership and writings that created trans awareness, advancement, and inclusion.
“Riki Wilchins has been an important and powerfully consistent voice for transgender rights for a very long time,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. ”This collection shows that journey in an eloquent way."