Ghostly Presences OUT THERE

Transgender Girls and Their Families in the Time of COVID

in Girlhood Studies
Sally Campbell Galman University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

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Meet Lily: Hi! I'm Lily. I'm 12 years old and I'm going into junior high school next year. I have curly black hair like my dad and green eyes like my mom. It's been 170 days since school and life and shops and stuff all shut down and my little sister Chloe and I really REALLY want COVID to be over. We play dolls and read and go for walks but I also spend a lot of time online texting and stuff with my friends.

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Sally Campbell Galman (ORCID: 0000-0001-9005-7534) is an anthropologist and visual and performance artist whose research focuses on arts-based study of young children, families and gender diversity. She believes that gender self-determination is a human right and that hearing and telling stories makes us all more fully human. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her family. Email:

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