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None of the Above: Reflections on Life beyond the Binary


Foreword by Alok Vaid-Menon

In None of the Above Travis Alabanza considers the meaning of gender, and the role it plays in a world that rigidly and aggressively enforces the binary. Drawing from their experiences as a racialized queer person, Alabanza deftly interrogates our current frameworks around identity with nuance, openness, and humor. The result is a meditation on doubt and language that turns a mirror back on society, and on ourselves. By heralding transformative futures, None of the Above questions what we think we know—and shares new ways that we might live.

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Year Published  2023
Pages 217
Format Paperback

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In None of the Above Travis Alabanza considers seven phrases people have directed at them throughout their life. These phrases - some deceptively innocuous, some deliberately loaded or violent, some celebratory - have fundamentally shaped Alabanza, both for better and for worse. But these phrases also illuminate broader issues about a world that insists on gender as a fixed identity.




Travis Alabanza is an award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker. Their writing has appeared in the Guardian, VICE, gal-dem, and BBC Online. They have been published in numerous anthologies, including Black and Gay in the UK. Their work surrounding gender, trans identity, and race has garnered international recognition, and they have given talks at universities including Oxford, Harvard, Bristol, and more.



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