Barry Reay is Professor Emeritus of History and former Keith Sinclair Chair at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. A leading historian of the social and cultural history of sex and gender, his books include the Polity publications Sex Before Sexuality and Sex Addiction: A Critical History.
'Trans America places the recent conversation about trans issues in its historical context, in impressive depth. Sweeping across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Barry Reay provides an accessible yet comprehensive guide to the important people, places and trends, in the USA and beyond - ideal for anyone who wants to understand what came before the Transgender Tipping Point .' Juliet Jacques, author of Trans: A Memoir 'The richly varied nature of the current trans movement is so beautifully explored and uncovered in Barry Reay's new book. A pleasure to read.' Fayette Hauser of The Cockettes 'This is an admirable contribution to trans history by a highly respected scholar. It is a story of shifting categorizations, often highly medicalized and limiting, but above all a narrative of agency as trans people pushed definitions to the limit, bent them, and broke them and increasingly spoke for themselves in a powerful, if not always singular, voice. It's a major achievement and deserves to become a classic.' Jeffrey Weeks, London South Bank University 'This book is of very high quality. Reay is a major scholar in the field and writes with great authority and assurance.' Thomas Laqueur, University of California at Berkeley