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Kaming Mga Talyada (We Who Are Sexy)


Kaming Mga Talyada (We Who Are Sexy)

June 2020
via Zoom and Facebook Live

Course Description

Transgender historian and critical theorist Susan Stryker has written extensively and produced an experimental film about mid-20th-century transgender celebrity Christine Jorgensen, to explore the relationship between embodiment and image-making. Jorgensen is an American transgender performer who was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Touring the Pacific during the 1960s as an entertainer, she spent several months in Manila performing at the Safari Club and also made a special appearance in the 1962 Filipino feature film Kaming Mga Talyada (We Who Are Sexy).

Recommended readings:
Transgender History (Excerpt)
Kaming Mga Talyada (We Who Are Sexy)


Susan Stryker earned her PhD in United States History at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992, and has helped shape the public conversation on transgender issues for more than twenty-five years. She was a founding member of the activist group Transgender Nation in the early 1990s; co-wrote, -produced, and -directed the Emmy-winning documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005); co-edited the Transgender Studies Reader volumes 1 and 2 (2006 and 2013); and co-edits the academic journal TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (2014–). She was executive director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco (1999–2003) and director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona (2011–2016), where she is an associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. She is currently a visiting professor of Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University.


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