Sasha packs for college. They pack their skirts, and favorite hats and shirts, and they even pack a bunch of subway maps and some shower shoes. Sasha brings along their favorite books, including Orlando by Virginia Woolf, and their special compression stockings. Sasha also packs a “string of paper cranes” made by Oakland High School students.
Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is a novel about a male poet who changes his gender and lives the rest of their life as a woman. Of course, this mirrors Sasha’s own gender identity and underscores Slater’s principal argument of the existence and recognition of trans and nonbinary gender individuals.