ABSTRACT

Fluid gender and sexual identities are becoming accepted in some societies, but there is still a struggle to define what is approved in a society that esteems heteronormativity. Instability can result from an inability to categorize others as either male or female. The poet Txus García, in her book Poesía para niñas bien: Tits in My Bowl (Poetry for Good Girls: Tits in My Bowl; 2018), and the comedian Hannah Gadsby in her comedy special Nanette (2018), focus on gender identity, sexuality, and society’s perception and acceptance of people who do not identify as heteronormative. Although García and Gadsby are from very different cultures, they share much in common. Both are about the same age and are from communities that had a hard time accepting anyone who did not conform to accepted gender roles. And both express the difficulties of growing up in a culture in which men and women had to conform to a heteronormative binary gender system. Through their work, they describe how problematic it was to be “other” and not fit in with their cisgender heterosexual peers when they were growing up. Because they both identify as gender nonbinary queer women who do not conform to the traditional gender roles of their respective communities, both felt like outsiders in the places where they were born. The goal of this chapter is to present how these two artists, although from different countries, are similar in that they are both LGBTQ+ activists who tell their stories through poetry to evoke emotion and pave the way for others like them to accept their differences and show their true identities.