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Myrl Beam

Myrl Beam

Fellow in Oral History, Tretter Transgender Oral History Project
Assistant Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

Myrl Beam’s work focuses on queer and trans social movement, racialized projects of inclusion and normativity, and the affective economies of neoliberal capitalism. Beam received his PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2014. He is the author of Gay, Inc.: The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). In addition to his scholarly work, Beam is active in queer and trans leftist movements, specifically around issues of prison abolition, homelessness, and supporting the leadership of trans youth in movements for justice.