Meredith Talusan is an award-winning author and journalist who has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, WIRED, SELF, Condé Nast Traveler among many other publications, and has contributed to several essay collections, including the New York Times’ Bestselling Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay. 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 contributing editor.
Forthcoming in 2020, Fairest is Meredith Talusan’s debut memoir about an albino boy from a rural Philippine village who immigrates to the United States at fifteen and finds himself being perceived as white. As he becomes steeped in elite white culture as a scholarship student at Harvard, Talusan also grows to realize the fluidity of gender when he starts dressing in drag and finds himself being perceived as a beautiful woman. He eventually contemplates the possibility of gender transition, even if it means losing a man he deeply loves.