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The Two Revolutions: A History of the Transgender Internet (Queer / Trans / Digital)

The Two Revolutions: A History of the Transgender Internet (Queer / Trans / Digital)

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Publication Date: August 1st, 2023
New York University Press
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The internet origins of the American transgender movement

The Two Revolutions explores how the rise of the internet shaped transgender identity and activism from the 1980s to the present. Through extensive archival research and media archeology, Avery Dame-Griff reconstructs the manifold digital networks of transgender activists, cross-dressing computer hobbyists, and others interested in gender nonconformity who incited the second revolution of the title: the ascendance of "transgender" as an umbrella identity in the mid-1990s.

Dame-Griff argues that digital communications sparked significant momentum within what would become the transgender movement, but also further cemented existing power structures. Covering both a historical period that is largely neglected within the history of computing, and the poorly understood role of technology in queer and trans social movements, The Two Revolutions offers a new understanding of both revolutions--the internet's early development and the structures of communication that would take us to today's tipping point of trans visibility politics. Through a history of how trans people online exploited different digital infrastructures in the early days of the internet to build a community, The Two Revolutions tells a crucial part of trans history itself.

About the Author

Avery Dame-Griff is Lecturer in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Gonzaga University. He founded and curates the Queer Digital History Project (