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By Leon Pettiway

Many immediately american citizens may by no means include homosexuals as pals, co-workers, or acquaintances. nonetheless much less may they settle for as equals these transgendered people who paintings the streets to supply themselves with drug cash. This booklet seeks to alter that conception.

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They reveal what we always knewthat life is filled with ambivalence and ambiguity. It is never neatly situated along the axes of hope or despair, pleasure or pain, dignity or defeat, good or bad. Therefore, this volume maintains not only that deviant people live lives of value but that denying this premise does violence to our ability to conceptualize the lives of those we consider deviant. This book is meant to be shared and is intended to evoke questions, discussion, and a re-evaluation of our positions on a variety of social issues.

Keisha, Detra, and Monique best capture the street lives of gay hustlers, while China speaks eloquently about the deception and false security engendered by drugs and drug use. They are at their very best when they become reflective about the choices they have made and when they talk about the challenges of their lives. They allbut particularly Monique and Shontaehave the ability to use language in creative ways. Monique admits that she lives in an "abandominium"an abandoned house where she took up residence when she became homeless.

Wright Mills's (1959) trapped people; their stories are the stories of everyday people attempting to make sense of what is changing from moment to moment in their lives. Their accounts enable us to enter imaginatively into their struggles to survive and to maintain lives of dignity and value in the face of their drug use and their crime participation. All five vary in terms of their background, the manner in which they entered a transgendered world, and their initiation into the drug subculture.

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