On ‘Cistem Failure’ by Marquis Bey

Book #1 in my 2023 Trans Rights Readathon week

Tucker Lieberman
8 min readMar 21

white and purple stripes of electricity visible against a black background
Tesla coil by Christian O. from Pixabay

For the #TransRightsReadathon, I want to tell you about Marquis Bey’s 2022 book Cistem Failure: Essays on Blackness and Cisgender.

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