In “Transgender Studies: Queer Theory’s Evil Twin,” part of the 2004 forum “Thinking Sex/Thinking Gender,” Susan Stryker underlined a critical way in which trans people had become exceptionalized by a certain strand of queer theory, serving as figures for the antibinary subversion of gender that left sexual subjectivity off the hook in accounting for itself as a default cis category. This abstraction into figuration was, precisely, a turning away from how Stryker had earlier theorized the queerness of gender and transness through the lens of her embodied knowledge and affect. Reading Stryker’s mobilization of rage in a wider history of trans women and trans women of color’s critiques of queer movements, we argue for the continued promise of Stryker’s critique in producing knowledge around the queerness of gender directly out of the material, embodied livelihood of trans people.

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