Raven Hudson discusses the importance of imagination in transforming our society and imagining liberation, especially in terms of gender and sexuality. They imagine their ideal world, in which queer and trans people are free to express and feel safe in public spaces. Hudson then explores imagination in terms of forming the self—through gender presentations, name changes, hair, and clothes—and emphasizes reinventing oneself based on one’s individual desires and what feels right for them. They describe a magical realist world, in which they would be able to shapeshift between select animals or coexist with fantastical or already extinct species. Hudson then talks about the ways that they enjoy loving and being loved and their own process in learning to invest in themself. Finally, Hudson stresses the importance of imagination to queer and trans communities and advises that trans people of color be romantically involved with other trans people of color.
(Interview conducted on April 13th, 2021)
imagination, liberation, gender, sexuality, trans, queer, self, gender presentations, name changes, appearance, magical realism, literature, shapeshifting, animals, love, self-investment, T4T relationships
- 00:00 Intro
- 00:22 Imagining gender, sexuality, and liberation
- 12:16 Politics of radical love
- 13:41 Imagining, creating, reinventing self (gender presentations, name changes, hair, clothes)
- 27:32 Imagining fantastically (powers, shapeshifting, animals)
- 37:33 Loving and being loved
- 48:04 Investing in oneself
- 54:57 Final thoughts on imagination opening new possibilities of gender and sexuality
- 57:28 T4T Relationships
Raven Hudson (they/them) is from Augusta, GA. They are a graduate of Davidson College (’21), where they majored in English and Gender & Sexuality Studies and were involved in the Asian American Initiative, the Pan-Asian Student Association, Libertas, and the Davidsonian.