Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices

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Twenty-First Century Books, Sep 1, 2014 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 88 pages
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"I didn't hear the word transgender until I was eighteen, when a person I was dating came out as trans. My boyfriend came out as my girlfriend, and I thought, 'What . . . is that?' She said, 'I just don't think I'm a man.' And I said, 'Guess what? Neither do I.' And then the skies parted, and I understood who I was."—Katie Burgess, nonprofit director and community activist/organizer

Meet Katie, Hayden, Dean, Brooke, David, Julia, and Natasha. Each is transgender, and in this book, they share their personal stories. Through their narratives, you'll get to know and love each person for their humor, intelligence, perseverance, and passion. You'll learn how they each came to better understand, accept, and express their gender identities, and you'll follow them through the sorrows and successes of their personal journeys.

Transgender Lives helps you understand what it means to be transgender in America while learning more about transgender history, the broad spectrum of transgender identities, and the transition process. You'll explore the challenges transgender Americans face, including discrimination, prejudice, bullying and violence, unequal access to medical care, and limited legal protections. For transgender readers, these stories offer support and encouragement. Transgender Lives is a space for trans* voices to be heard and to express the complexities of gender while focusing on what it means to be human.
 

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An outsiders' guide to the experiences of transgender individuals. Portraying a marginalized group for the consumption of the majority is always a dicey proposition, and Cronn-Mills' (whose Beautiful ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
6
Chapter One Hayden Karlee Diana And Adriana
9
Chapter Two TransGender Basics
15
Chapter Three Katie Burgess
19
Chapter Four TransSpectrum Identities
24
Chapter Five Dean Kotula
29
Chapter Six Dave Gaer
35
Chapter Seven TransHistory Narratives
38
Epilogue Trans Online
71
Selected Timeline
72
Selected Whos Who
76
Glossary
78
Source Notes
81
Selected Bibliography
83
For Further Information
84
Index
87

Chapter Eight Brooke Wilcoxson
47
Chapter Nine TransHealth Complexities
51
Chapter Ten Julia Keleher
57
Chapter Eleven TransLife Challenges
60
Chapter Twelve Natasha And Nancy
67
About The AuthorPhoto Acknowledgments
88
Back Flap
89
Back Cover
90
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Kirstin Cronn-Mills, PhD, teaches writing, literature, and critical thinking at South Central College in North Mankato, Minnesota. She writes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books and articles. Her first young adult novel, The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don't Mind, was a Minnesota Book Award finalist. Her second--Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, a coming-of-age story about Gabe, a trans* music geek--was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and the 2014 Stonewall Book Award winner for best children's and young adult book about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender experience.

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