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Meronek, Toshio & Major, Miss - Miss Major Speaks

Meronek, Toshio & Major, Miss - Miss Major Speaks

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A legendary transgender elder and activist tells her story, offering insights on social justice, queer liberation, and the struggles of Black transgender people.

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a veteran of the Stonewall Riots, a former sex worker, and a transgender elder and activist who has survived Bellevue psychiatric hospital, Attica Prison, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and a world that white supremacy has built, shares her remarkable life story in Miss Major Speaks.

In this intimate and insightful memoir, Miss Major reflects on her experiences as a Black transgender woman in America, from her childhood in the Jim Crow South to her activism and leadership within the LGBTQ+ community. She discusses the challenges faced by Black transgender people, the importance of intersectionality, and the ongoing struggle for social justice and liberation.


Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is a legendary transgender elder and activist, a trailblazer who has fought for social justice and queer liberation throughout her life. In her first book, Miss Major Speaks, she shares her remarkable story, offering her unique insights on the struggles of Black transgender people, the power of intersectionality, and the ongoing fight for a more just and equitable world.

With her characteristic warmth, wisdom, and humor, Miss Major tells of her childhood in the Jim Crow South, her experiences as a sex worker, her time in Bellevue psychiatric hospital, and her involvement in the Stonewall Riots. She also recounts her activism within the LGBTQ+ community, her work on behalf of HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment, and her leadership in the fight for transgender rights.

Miss Major Speaks is an inspiring and thought-provoking book that will resonate with readers of all backgrounds. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of personal transformation.

LGBT Themes:

  • Transgender identity and experiences
  • Social justice and activism
  • Intersectionality and the experiences of Black transgender people

Relevant Tags:

  • LGBT fiction, biography, autobiography, LGBTQ+ memoir, transgender, LGBTQ+ rights, social justice activism

Awards & Recognition:

  • Notable Books of the Year, NPR
  • Best LGBTQ+ Memoirs of 2023, Autostraddle
  • Outstanding Contribution to LGBTQ+ Literature, Lambda Literary Awards

itle: Miss Major Speaks: Conversations with a Black Trans Revolutionary

Author: Toshio Meronek, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

ISBN: 9781839763342

Genre: Biography, Autobiography, LGBTQ+ Memoir

Pages: 176

Publisher: Verso

Release Date: May 16, 2023

Weight: 238 g

Size: 139 x 215 x 18 mm

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