Queer and Trans Political Rhetorics

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My research on queer and trans political rhetorics centers around the idea of institutional visibility. Similar to how we might view ideas of allyship or solidarity, institutional visibility broadens the rhetorical focus of LGBTQ issues from simply individuals to larger organizations, such as the White House, businesses, universities, and other similar institutions. By focusing on how these groups construct visibility and the constraints therein, I argue we can gain insight about the push for greater acceptance of queer and trans issues.

I am working on two projects related to this idea. First, I am in the early stages of research concerning how the presidency has remained neutral on, actively sought to suppress, or taken steps to safeguard queer and trans rights . This stretches back from the Lavender Scare under the Truman administration to the milestones (and also missed opportunities) during the Obama administration. Second, I am finalizing various essays related to understanding the current moment of visibility during the “trans tipping point” and how activists, politicians, and the White House have made arguments during debates over various trans rights issues.