The Exchange: Justin Vivian Bond | The New Yorker

Category: Literature
Publication: The New Yorker

The Exchange: Justin Vivian Bond

The years before Justin Bond acquired a “Vivian” and turned V’s self into a world-class performer are the story of “Tango,” a witty and touching memoir recently published by Feminist Press. Growing up trans in suburban Maryland in the nineteen-seventies, Bond encountered unfriendly elements (bullies, parents who denied V’s sexuality), but early discovered life’s simple pleasures: in first grade, V began wearing Revlon Iced Watermelon lipstick, V’s mother’s color of choice.

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