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Julia Michelle Serano is an American writer, spoken-word performer, trans-bi activist, and biologist. Serano currently lives in Oakland, California and is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Her second book, Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, was published on September 10, 2013 by Seal Press.[1] Her third book, Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism, she published herself under Switch Hitter Press,[2] which she founded along with Switch Hitter Records.[3] Outspoken is a 2017 Lambda Literary Award finalist.[4]

Dr. Julia Serano
Julia Serano at GLBT History Museum - 2.jpg
Julia Serano speaks at the GLBT History Museum, San Francisco
Residence Oakland, California
Nationality American
Education Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from Columbia University
Occupation Evolutionary and developmental biology researcher
Employer UC Berkeley
Known for Trans bi activism, writing, spoken word performance, biology

She lists her work appearing in queer, feminist, and pop-culture magazines, including Bitch, Clamor, Kitchen Sink, LiP, make/shift, and Transgender Tapestry. Excerpts of her work have appeared in The Believer and The San Francisco Chronicle, and on NPR.[5]

On her website,, Serano said that, based on her insights into gender and her experiences as a trans woman, she has been invited to speak about transgender and trans women’s issues at numerous universities, often at queer-, feminist-, psychology-, and philosophy-themed conferences, and she said her writings have also been used in teaching materials in gender studies courses across the United States.[6]


Early lifeEdit

On her blog,, Julia Serano said she first consciously recognized in herself a desire to be female during the late 1970s when she was 11 years old. A few years later, she began crossdressing. At first, she crossdressed secretively, but eventually she started identifying herself openly as a "male crossdresser." Serano attended her first support group for crossdressers in 1994 while living in Kansas.[7][8]

Soon afterward, Serano moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she met her wife, Dani, in 1998. Around this time, Serano began identifying as not only a crossdresser but also as transgender and bigender. In 2001, she began medically transitioning and identifying as a trans woman.[8]

Other endeavorsEdit

Serano describes herself as a poetry slam champion, and has given spoken-word performances at universities as well as at events such as the National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco Pride Dyke March and Trans March stages, Ladyfest, outCRY!, Femme 2006 and in The Vagina Monologues.[6] The website for Serano's band, Bitesize, listed her as guitarist-vocalist.[9]

On her blog, Serano says she organizes and hosts GenderEnders, a performance series that features the work of transgender, intersex, and genderqueer artists and allies. It has produced 20 shows. She said she received a grant to curate "The Penis Issue: Trans and Intersex Women Speak Their Minds," a spoken-word event, as part of the 2007 National Queer Arts Festival.[6] She also says on her blog that she is also a biologist who works as a researcher at UC Berkeley in the field of evolutionary and developmental biology and that she received her doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Columbia University.[6]


Serano reads from her book Outspoken in June 2017




  1. ^ Serano, Julia. "Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive". Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  2. ^ Serano, Julia. "Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism". Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "SWITCHHITTER.NET". Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  4. ^ "29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced". Lambda Literary. March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Serano, Julia". Litquake. Archived from the original on 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Julia Serano Renaissance Woman!". Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  7. ^ Serano, Julia. "Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity," Seal Press, 2007.
  8. ^ a b Serano, Julia. "Welcome to switch hitter dot net!". Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  9. ^ Serano, Julia. "Bitesize! -hammering the final nail into indie rock's coffin-". Bitesize!. Archived from the original on 2012-08-26. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 

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