|Gender identity||masculine but not a man|
Andrea Lawlor teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College and is known for writing the novel Paul Takes The Form of a Mortal Girl, which was a 2018 Lambda Literary finalist. One journalist described the book as "the Great Queer American Novel".
In a 2014 article for Mutha Magazine, Lawlor wrote "I don't identify as a mother, a lesbian, or a woman at all, frankly. Yet I don't identify as a man either." They settled on the term Baba to describe their relationship to their child.
In 2019, a representative from the NYC Trans Oral History Project interviewed Lawlor, who spoke about their experiences in '90s NYC queer activism, fabulist trans literature, and being a nonbinary parent.
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|«||I love the word queer, because what's useful about it is that it has the potential to be radically inclusive. I hope it signals an interest in, if not radical political thought, at least a destabilising. Destabilising binary ideas of gender and sex. I really struggled with this feeling of not being trans enough, I don't feel like any of the words really work. I like words that leave things a little unclear. The main thing for me is if you respect people self-determination, and if somebody says they're queer, or they're trans, they are, and it's not that big of a deal.||»|
|«||I remember when Stone Butch Blues came out the word "trans" wasn't used as much of a word as "butch". Butch meant what "trans masculine" means now. That doesn't scan now, because there are a lot of butch people who are transphobic or trans exclusionary… I used to identify really clearly as butch for a long period, and it's changed because a lot of that territory has been claimed by people with whom I do not share values. And there came a point where "she/her" no longer meant what I needed it to mean or have comfortable space in for me and so I moved to using "them" and I'm grateful for the people who made that possibility.||»|
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- "about". andrea lawlor. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
- Lawlor, Andrea (25 March 2014). "ANDREA LAWLOR on Why Hart Doesn't Have Two Mommies". Mutha Magazine. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
- Orlando, Christina (27 October 2018). "15 Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender Non-Conforming Writers to Support". BOOK RIOT. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
- Abraham, Amelia (18 April 2019). "Andrea Lawlor explores the wild possibilities of sexual-shapeshifting". Dazed. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
- "NYPL Community Oral History Project | NYC Trans Oral History Project | Andrea Lawlor". wayback.archive-it.org. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
- Nolan, Megan (30 May 2019). "Andrea Lawlor: 'TERFs? I don't think they're either radical or feminist'". Huck Magazine. Retrieved 16 November 2020.