• Fairest

    by Meredith Talusan
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May 29, 2020

Meredith Talusan

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series and the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus welcome award-winning journalist MEREDITH TALUSAN—contributing editor of them., Condé Nast's LGBTQ+ digital platform—for a discussion of her debut memoir, FAIREST. She will be joined in conversation by GARRARD CONLEY, celebrated author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Boy Erased.


Fairest is a memoir about a precocious boy with albinism, a "sun child" from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America. Coping with the strain of parental neglect and the elusive promise of U.S. citizenship, Talusan found childhood comfort from her devoted grandmother, a grounding force as she was treated by others with special preference or public curiosity. As an immigrant to the United States, Talusan came to be perceived as white. An academic scholarship to Harvard provided access to elite circles of privilege but required Talusan to navigate through the complex spheres of race, class, sexuality, and her place within the gay community. She emerged as an artist and an activist questioning the boundaries of gender. Talusan realized she did not want to be confined to a prescribed role as a man, and transitioned to become a woman, despite the risk of losing a man she deeply loved.

Throughout her journey, Talusan shares poignant and powerful episodes of desirability and love that will remind readers of works such as Call Me By Your Name and Giovanni's Room. Her evocative reflections will shift our own perceptions of love, identity, gender, and the fairness of life.

About Author(s)

Meredith Talusan is an award-winning author and journalist. She has received awards from GLAAD, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. She is also the founding executive editor of them., Condé Nast”s LGBTQ+ digital platform, where she is currently a contributing editor.

Garrard Conley is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Boy Erased. He is the creator and producer of the podcast UnErased, which explores the history of conversion therapy in America. His work can be found in the New York TimesTIMEVICECNN, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other places.