We’re Still Not Seeing Pauli Murray

A new documentary about the Black feminist icon shows us how trans people are erased from movements they built.

Jude Ellison S. Doyle

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The gate of Pauli Murray College at Yale University.
I’m not sure it’s in good taste to memorialize him with a locked gate. Photo by Robert R. Condon on Shutterstock.

There’s a moment late in My Name is Pauli Murray, Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s documentary about the life of the civil rights icon, that made me gasp. It’s the moment when we first see Murray, who abandoned a successful…

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Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.