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Akwaeke Emezi, Transgender Author Rejects Award by 4Play(m): 2:32pm On Oct 05, 2020
Akwaeke Emezi, who became the first non-binary transgender author to be nominated for the Women’s prize in 2019, has said that they will not let their future novels be entered for the award after the prize asked them for information on their sex as defined “by law”.

When Emezi made the running for the Women’s prize last year for their debut novel, Freshwater, judges said they were not aware of Emezi’s gender when reading submissions and described their longlisting as a “historic moment”.

But on Monday, Emezi said their publisher, Faber, had asked them if they wanted their second novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, to be submitted for the prize this year. Following the life and untimely death of a protagonist who tells his friends that they can “refer to him as either she or he, that he was both”, The Death of Vivek Oji was praised in the Guardian for achieving “what good fiction does best: it is an antidote to invisibility”.


Re: Akwaeke Emezi, Transgender Author Rejects Award by meobizy(f): 5:28pm On Oct 05, 2020
She's the one who cut off her mammaries to avoid cancer then used the chance to label herself "xyz". She is a product of condition and not one who willingly made the decision. She can do whatever suits her.
Re: Akwaeke Emezi, Transgender Author Rejects Award by Nobody: 8:28pm On Oct 05, 2020
Her book "Freshwater" hints on the demons she's been fighting cheesy.
But this is so confusing.
How can you be a "they"?
Kai, human being!
Re: Akwaeke Emezi, Transgender Author Rejects Award by grandstar(m): 11:26pm On Oct 21, 2020
She should accept whatever sex she decided to change.

If you spend large amounts of money to change sex, why now cry foul when asked about her sex?

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