Podcast: book details lives of gay, trans, black truckers

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Updated Nov 16, 2021
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Keaira (left) was one of the drivers Anne Balay (right) spoke to for her book, “Semi Queer” (Photo courtesy of the author)Keaira (left) was one of the drivers Anne Balay (right) spoke to for her book, “Semi Queer” (Photo courtesy of the author)

Though trucks are everywhere and enormous, though 3.5 million people currently work in trucking, and though every single person depends on the work truckers do, trucks and their drivers remain oddly invisible. Within the trucking industry, queer, female and minority drivers experience yet another level of erasure.

Semi QueerThat’s a passage from Semi Queer: Inside The World of Gay, Trans and Black Truck Drivers, a new book by Anne Balay, a college professor and former — if briefly — trucker herself. And, in her book are the voices of 66 drivers who talk about what it’s like to work in the industry.

The book, published by the University of North Carolina Press is available on Amazon.

We had the opportunity to speak with Balay, a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College, for this edition of the She Drives Podcast.