"Normal Life should be read, not only by legal scholars and trans activists, but by everyone who is interested in challenging capitalism, colonialism, racism and patriarchy in the 21st century." Angela Y. Davis, author, activist, and Professor Emerita, History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz
An invaluable resource not just for rethinking gender justice, but for rethinking how we do social justice organizing in general.” Andrea Smith, author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
Sharply political, deeply intellectual, broadly accessible, Normal Life is exactly what we need right now.” Lisa Duggan, author of The Twilight of Equality?: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy
This street-smart and theoretically sophisticated little book should be required reading for all would-be radicals looking for practical ways to build a better future." Susan Stryker, Associate Professor, Gender Studies, Indiana University-Bloomington
Original, visionary, urgent, and brilliantly argued.” Urvashi Vaid, author of Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation
About the Author
Currently on the faculty of Seattle University, Dean Spade has taught at Columbia and Harvard Law Schools and was a Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA Law School. He focuses on classes related to sexual orientation and gender identity law and law and social movements.
In 2002, Spade founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color. SRLP also engages in litigation, policy reform and public education on issues affecting these communities and operates on a collective governance model, prioritizing the governance and leadership of trans, intersex, and gender variant people of color. From 1998-2006, Dean co-edited the paper and online zine Make. Dean is currently the co-editor of the online journal Enough, which focuses on the personal politics of wealth redistribution.
Spade was awarded the prestigious Dukeminier Award for his 2008 article "Documenting Gender" and the 2009-2010 Haywood Burns Chair at CUNY Law School, and was selected to give the 2009-2010 James A. Thomas Lecture at Yale.