Gay Men and Feminist Women in the Fight for Equality - (Cultural Media Studies) by D Travers Scott (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Cultural Media StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic PublishersAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: D Travers ScottLanguage: English About the Book This book examines gay men and feminist women's alliances and obstacles over the past 50 years, as well as their communications of, between, and about each other. New findings help illuminate understandings of the past and present of US women's and LGBTQ movements, as well as broader relations between social movements in general. Book Synopsis What did gay men do in women's liberation--and vice-versa? This book offers the first systematic investigation of the question. Conventional wisdom has offered varied and contradictory stories: Gay men were misogynistic enemies of feminism; feminist women were homophobic or androphobic; feminist women and gay men collaborated only during the 1960s-1970s liberation moment; lesbians rushed in to work with gay men during the AIDS crisis. Examined for the first time in this book, their stories are much more complex, yesterday and today. Feminist women and gay men have had dynamic relations in popular thinking and historic practice, including commonality, opposition, and intellectual contributions. Written by a feminist-identified gay man, this book forges an examination of these two groups' alliances and obstacles over the past 50 years, as well as their communications of, between, and about each other. What have been the received views of how these groups have or have not worked together politically? What historical evidence supports, contradicts, or complicates these views? New findings help illuminate understandings of the past and present of US women's and LGBTQ movements, as well as broader relations between social movements in general. With a special focus on neglected areas of research, such as the US South, it also argues for how these social movements shaped ideas about what it means to be gay and/or feminist. This book is suitable in whole or excerpt for classes in LGBTQ studies, women's studies, feminist theory, social movements, American studies, and US history. About the Author D. Travers Scott, Associate Professor of Communication at Clemson University, authored Pathology and Technology: Killer Apps and Sick Users. His work on sexuality and gender has appeared in many scholarly journals, three books of fiction, and over 100 popular articles, book chapters, and media appearances.
Gay Men and Feminist Women in the Fight for Equality; What Did You Do During the Second Wave, Daddy? - (Cultural Media Studies) by D Travers Scott
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Cultural Media StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Peter Lang PublishingAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: D Travers ScottLanguage: English About the Book "What did gay men do in women's liberation-and vice-versa? This book offers the first systematic investigation of the question. Conventional wisdom has offered varied and contradictory stories: Gay men were misogynistic enemies of feminism; feminist women were homophobic or androphobic; feminist women and gay men collaborated only during the 1960s-70s liberation moment; lesbians rushed in to work with gay men during the AIDS crisis. Examined for the first time in this book, their stories are much more complex, yesterday and today. Feminist women and gay men have had dynamic relations in popular thinking and historic practice, including commonality, opposition, and intellectual contributions. Written by a feminist-identified gay man, this book forges an examination of these two groups' alliances and obstacles over the past 50 years, as well as their communications of, between, and about each other. What have been the received views of how these groups have or have not worked together politically? What historical evidence supports, contradicts, or complicates these views? New findings help illuminate understandings of the past and present of US women's and LGBTQ movements, as well as broader relations between social movements in general. With a special focus on neglected areas of research, such as the US South, it also argues for how these social movements shaped ideas about what it means to be gay and/or feminist. Suitable in whole or excerpt for classes in LGBTQ studies, women's studies, feminist theory, social movements, American studies, and US history"-- Book Synopsis What did gay men do in women's liberation-and vice-versa? This book offers the first systematic investigation of the question. Conventional wisdom has offered varied and contradictory stories: Gay men were misogynistic enemies of feminism; feminist women were homophobic or androphobic; feminist women and gay men collaborated only during the 1960s-1970s liberation moment; lesbians rushed in to work with gay men during the AIDS crisis. Examined for the first time in this book, their stories are much more complex, yesterday and today. Feminist women and gay men have had dynamic relations in popular thinking and historic practice, including commonality, opposition, and intellectual contributions. Written by a feminist-identified gay man, this book forges an examination of these two groups' alliances and obstacles over the past 50 years, as well as their communications of, between, and about each other. What have been the received views of how these groups have or have not worked together politically? What historical evidence supports, contradicts, or complicates these views? New findings help illuminate understandings of the past and present of US women's and LGBTQ movements, as well as broader relations between social movements in general. With a special focus on neglected areas of research, such as the US South, it also argues for how these social movements shaped ideas about what it means to be gay and/or feminist. This book is suitable in whole or excerpt for classes in LGBTQ studies, women's studies, feminist theory, social movements, American studies, and US history. About the Author D. Travers Scott, Associate Professor of Communication at Clemson University, authored Pathology and Technology: Killer Apps and Sick Users. His work on sexuality and gender has appeared in many scholarly journals, three books of fiction, and over 100 popular articles, book chapters, and media appearances.
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Whipping Girl - 2nd Edition by Julia Serano (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 432Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Seal Press (CA)Age Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Julia SeranoLanguage: English About the Book "In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations -- both pre- and post-transition -- to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole. Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. In this provocative manifesto, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this "feminine" weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire. In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity -- in all of its wondrous forms."--provided by Amazon.com Book Synopsis In this updated second edition, biologist and trans woman Julia Serano reveals a unique perspective on femininity, masculinity, and gender identity.In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations-both pre- and post-transition-to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.Serano's well-honed arguments and reputation as a thought-leader stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. In this provocative manifesto, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this feminine weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire. In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity-in all of its wondrous forms. Review Quotes Advance praise for the second edition of Whipping Girl "It's official: Whipping Girl is a 21st century feminist classic. It's also a gift to a culture (still) struggling to face its own misogyny. Serano's writing is clear, gracious, and incredibly illuminating." --Jennifer Baumgardner "Serano's thinking continues to challenge and delight--Whipping Girl is a foundational text that will prove to be timeless." --Jessica Valenti "Having only just come out as Transgender, I was taken by a friend to a bookstore and told to buy Whipping Girl immediately. As I read, the revelation dawned on me that experiencing my gender could be full of self-empowerment and liberation as opposed to the fear and shame I had already spent a lifetime living with. Not only was this book a light in the dark for someone jumping head-first into transition, it also served as an essential tool to pass on to family and friends to help them to better understand what it means to be Trans. I'm forever thankful for this book and its author." --Laura Jane Grace"Julia Serano is the wise, acerbic brain at the center of the transgender movement. The original edition of Whipping Girl forever connected trans theory to feminism and queer studies; this new edition updates that work as well as providing a compelling new preface that reflects the movement's enormous progress as well as the progress that remains to be made. Julia Serano is more than a brilliant writer and theorist; she's also a tremendously compassionate, humane woman whose work has enlarged the lives of all her readers. Urgent, contentious, generous, and brilliant."--Jennifer Finney Boylan, Author of She's Not There, and Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University "Julia Serano did not invent transfeminism, but she's done more to promote its ideas and demonstrate its necessity than any other writer. Her analysis of the misogyny at the root of transphobia is vital. This book should be taught in every introduction to gender and women's studies class in the country--read it, teach it, learn from it, and act on it." --Susan Stryker, author of Transgender History and Director, University of Arizona Institute for LGBT Studies ----- Praise for the first edition: "Seminal." --Variety"Serano takes to task those who categorize "femininity" as artificial rather than a natural gender expression. Her convincing analysis and personal revelations challenge us to recognize our own sexist notions."--Ms. Magazine "Julia Serano offers a perspective sorely needed, but up until now rarely heard." --Bitch Magazine "An absorbing and essential achievement in both theory and biography." --Washington City Paper "Whipping Girl critiques media depictions of trans people, dismantles science's longtime characterization of transsexuality as pathology, and offers a whip-smart vision of a world that celebrates sexual difference." --AlterNet "Julia Serano is a careful and astute critic of the ways that trans women have been stereotyped and dismissed in popular culture, feminism, and psychology, and she repeatedly surprised me with her razor-sharp observations of the pervasive hatred of trans women and all differently gendered people. This is an important text for gender studies classes, as well as for therapists, journalists, and anybody who'd like to keep updated as a sex radical." --Patrick Califia, author of Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism About the Author Julia Serano is a highly regarded writer and thinker on the subjects of gender, feminism, and LGBTQ issues. She is best known for her book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, which garnered rave reviews -- the Advocate placed it on their list of Best Non-Fiction Transgender Books, and readers of Ms. Magazine ranked it #16 on their list of the 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time. Julia's writings have also appeared in numerous anthologies; in feminist, queer, and progressive magazines and websites (including Bitch Magazine, Out, AlterNet.org, Ms. Magazine blog, and Feministing.com); and are regularly used as teaching materials in gender studies, queer studies, psychology, and human sexuality courses in colleges across North America. Julia's background as a writer, performer, activist, and biologist (she has a PhD in biochemistry from Columbia University) makes her a unique voice on the subjects of gender and sexism. She has the rare gift of being able to present complex ideas from feminism and gender/queer theory, and to interweave them with her personal experiences as a bisexual trans woman, in a clear, compelling, and entertaining manner.
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves - by Laura Erickson-Schroth (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 649Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Gender StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Oxford University Press, USAAge Range: AdultAuthor: Laura Erickson-SchrothLanguage: English Book Synopsis There is no one way to be transgender. Transgender and gender non-conforming people have many different ways of understanding their gender identities. Only recently have sex and gender been thought of as separate concepts, and we have learned that sex (traditionally thought of as physical or biological) is as variable as gender (traditionally thought of as social). While trans people share many common experiences, there is immense diversity within trans communities. There are an estimated 700,000 transgendered individuals in the US and 15 million worldwide. Even still, there's been a notable lack of organized information for this sizable group. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a revolutionary resource-a comprehensive, reader-friendly guide for transgender people, with each chapter written by transgender or genderqueer authors. Inspired by Our Bodies, Ourselves, the classic and powerful compendium written for and by women, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is widely accessible to the transgender population, providing authoritative information in an inclusive and respectful way and representing the collective knowledge base of dozens of influential experts. Each chapter takes the reader through an important transgender issue, such as race, religion, employment, medical and surgical transition, mental health topics, relationships, sexuality, parenthood, arts and culture, and many more. Anonymous quotes and testimonials from transgender people who have been surveyed about their experiences are woven throughout, adding compelling, personal voices to every page. In this unique way, hundreds of viewpoints from throughout the community have united to create this strong and pioneering book. It is a welcoming place for transgender and gender-questioning people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life. Review Quotes [A] groundbreaking title --Publisher's WeeklyAs transgender people strive to gain more acceptance and legal protections, they will soon have a hefty new resource to assist them - a 672-page book, written by scores of transgender contributors, that encompasses social history, gender politics and wide-ranging advice on health, law, relationships and many other matters. Encyclopedic in scope, conversational in tone, and candid about complex sexual issues, the Oxford University Press book being released in mid-May is titled Trans Bodies, Trans Selves - a deliberate echo of a pioneering feminist health-resource book, Our Bodies, Ourselves that appeared more than 40 years ago --Associated PressI have been waiting for some time to see a book come out that is written for the purposes of providing timely information to transgender individuals to support them through their identity process. The comprehensiveness of this book is a major strength that can be applied to transgender individuals, their loved ones, and those who are in fields that impact transgender individuals. I have yet to have seen a book that incorporates information for individuals who identify on the gender spectrum-most books focus on one specific identity, whereas Trans Bodies, Trans Selves allows for the breadth of applying to many different individuals. This book appears to carry on the tradition of affirming many different transgender identities and the identification process. -Stephanie L. Budge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology, University of LouisvilleTrans Bodies, Trans Selves is the answer to the wishes of many trans individuals and their therapists and counselors for a comprehensive resource of critical information that is both accurate and reliable, on the one hand, and written in a respectful way that is addressed to trans and questioning readers rather than at them or about them. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. -Michael L. Hendricks, Ph.D., ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, Washington Psychological Center...a community of people who are the best experts on themselves has come together to create a resource of information, mutual support, and political advocacy that will strengthen many. Thanks to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves and all the transgender folks who have been writing and teaching over the past many years, we, a group of cisgender women, now know that we can no longer say 'a woman's body' and mean only one thing. -From the Afterword by Wendy Sanford, author of Our Bodies, Our SelvesThe many voices raised in the pages of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves are the vanguard of a rising tide. If you are new to transgender, transsexual, or trans* experience, prepare to be swept away. -Jamison Green, President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), co-director of the Transgender Law & Policy Institute, and author of Becoming a Visible ManTrans Bodies, Trans Selves comes at a moment in our history when transgender people are in the spotlight, but we are not yet the authority on our own lives. This critical resource will provide a beacon of hope for the transgender person in crisis who is facing a barrage of negative messages, life-threatening discrimination, and a lack of support and validation. We now have a volume that speaks to our lived experiences and provides the message that our lives matter, we are powerful in ourselves and our bodies, and we demand political, social, and legal equality. -M. Dru Levasseur, JD, Director of Lambda Legal's Transgender Rights Project and Co-Founder of the Jim Collins Foundation, providing financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeriesOne of the most grassroots, comprehensive transgender and gender noncomforming (TGNC) community-based literary projects I have ever seen. Lots of great people with diverse perspectives brought together to provide a truly holistic look at what is to be a TGNC person in all the various ways one may define that for themselves. A great resource that respects the immense intersectionality of trans and gender nonconforming people's lives. Finally a literary project that sincerely deserves the use of the term 'Groundbreaking'. -Imani Henry, Staff Organizer at the International Action Center (IAC), focusing on national organizing of LGBT people and communities of colorFor years I wondered how to create a one-stop-shop book for the trans community with all the basic info trans people would need. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves has done it! -Riki Wilchins, founder of GenderPAC and The Transexual Menace, and author of Queer Theory, Gender Theory: An Instant PrimerTrans Bodies Trans Selves is a remarkably timely and much needed book that brings together collaborators across the spectrum of transgender health, culture, and history. At no other time has the transgender community been so poised to break out of its collective closet than now. It is vitally important to our communities of transgender people, advocates, and health care providers to have this volume of expertise at our fingertips. Dr. Erickson-Schroth has done us a great service by bringing together thoughtful thinkers and writers in the social and biological sciences to share complex knowledge that will empower each reader of this volume in new ways. Whether you are transgender, genderqueer, cis, scholar, health-care provider, social service provider, policy-maker, loved one, or other interested ally, you will find mind-opening and practical information and perspectives in this groundbreaking collection. -Jack Pula, MD, co-chair of the APA NY District Branch Committee on LGBT issuesIt's impossible to make informed decisions about one's life in the absence of information. Happily, trans people now have a wealth of information in the form of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. -Dallas Denny, Founding Director of the American Educational Gender Information Service (AEGIS), past editor of Chrysalis Quarterly and Transgender Tapestry, and former director of the Fantasia FairThere has never been a book just like Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. More than a medical textbook, much more than any individual's autobiography, this anthology of transgender health and history is personalized with interviews covering every point on the spectrum of transgender experience. Transgender and gender nonconforming persons will read this book and see stories directly relevant to their own lives. Others who read with a desire to learn about the experience of transgender life - for that is the correct term, 'life' not 'lifestyle' - will not be disappointed. People who said 'I have never met a transgender person' may feel they have met many of us in the pages of this book. [R]ecommended for everyone who wants to understand this wonderful, brave, diverse group called 'transgender.' -Rebecca Allison, MD, past President of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT EqualityTBTS is brimming with straightforward information about living a life as a gender-nonconforming person in the United States...illuminating even for people who are already well-informed... --The New Republic[T]his book clearly comes at the perfect time...Bridging the gap between being understandable to the newest of readers and being helpful to those more versed in transgender issues, the vastness of topics covered includes everything from sex work to sexual safety, from romantic relationships to personal feelings about one's changing body. The mix of personal stories and professional guidance from doctors and therapists allows the reader to have a well-rounded learning experience about each of the topics. --socialworker.comTrans Bodies, Trans Selves offers practical suggestions on navigating life as a transgender person. From tips on how to transition socially to questions one should ask mental health professionals, the volume offers concrete transition-related ideas on a range of topics. It is strongly recommended to professionals who serve the TGNC community. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves has created a solid foundation upon which future research will emerge regardless of discipline. This resource will be cited for a long time. --Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Like its inspiration, OBOS, TBTS is not an academic treatise, nor is it meant to be, though much of the writing is quite academic. It is written for a broad audience inclusive of trans people and those who live, love, and work with them. There is thread of activism and a desire to be seen that runs through the book. Throughout the pages of information, stories and narratives are placed about the lives people are living, the struggles they face, and the joy they feel. Much of this is accomplished by the way the editor has chosen to format the book. There are many contributors who are featured in boxed narratives. This book can be used as a helpful resource to both the lay and the professional audience, as well as the transgender and cisgender person. --Shara Sand, PsycCRITIQUESTBTS is an invaluable resource. A surprising wealth of material on trans people already exists, written by both trans and cisgender people, and in a broad range of genres and formats, including memoirs, histories, medical journals, academic collections, and even graphic novels. This volume does an excellent job of consolidating much of that material into a 'one-stop' resource, while also providing extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter for further exploration. TBTS is an ideal book for introductory reading, both for personal and classroom use. --Feminist CollectionsThis collaboratively written resource guide discusses virtually every aspect of transgender life, ranging from intersectionality and legal issues to health and art. Each chapter, written by transgender or genderqueer authors, incorporates anonymous quotations from respondents to surveys conducted by the editorial staff that demonstrate the diversity in transgender people's experiences and perspectives. A substantial work for public and academic libraries. --Library Journal About the Author Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA, is a psychiatry resident at New York University Medical Center. She is a board member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, as well as the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. She is a founding member of the Gender and Family Network of New York City, a group for service providers interested in the health of gender non-conforming children and adolescents.
Black on Both Sides - 3rd Edition by C Riley Snorton (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 256Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: University of Minnesota PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: C Riley SnortonLanguage: English Book Synopsis Winner of the John Boswell Prize from the American Historical Association 2018 Winner of the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association 2018 Winner of an American Library Association Stonewall Honor 2018 Winner of Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction 2018 Winner of the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies The story of Christine Jorgensen, America's first prominent transsexual, famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era. Her celebrity, however, has obscured other mid-century trans narratives--ones lived by African Americans such as Lucy Hicks Anderson and James McHarris. Their erasure from trans history masks the profound ways race has figured prominently in the construction and representation of transgender subjects. In Black on Both Sides, C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence.Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials--early sexological texts, fugitive slave narratives, Afro-modernist literature, sensationalist journalism, Hollywood films--Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable. In tracing the twinned genealogies of blackness and transness, Snorton follows multiple trajectories, from the medical experiments conducted on enslaved black women by J. Marion Sims, the "father of American gynecology," to the negation of blackness that makes transnormativity possible.Revealing instances of personal sovereignty among blacks living in the antebellum North that were mapped in terms of "cross dressing" and canonical black literary works that express black men's access to the "female within," Black on Both Sides concludes with a reading of the fate of Phillip DeVine, who was murdered alongside Brandon Teena in 1993, a fact omitted from the film Boys Don't Cry out of narrative convenience. Reconstructing these theoretical and historical trajectories furthers our imaginative capacities to conceive more livable black and trans worlds. Review Quotes "The research done here is stellar."--Washington Blade"This book is an outstanding contribution to conversations about black and trans studies; it will transform scholarly understandings of both fields and the intersections between them."--CHOICE"Black on Both Sides reminds us that when we are careful about how we tell stories, we get new, nuanced stories that expose systems for what they are and that honor historically ignored populations."--Autostraddle"Black on Both Sides offers a new imagining of both black and trans history beginning in the early 19th century through the present."--Into News"Black on Both Sides is both important and timely. In an era where transgender acceptance and violence are both at an all-time high, the book reiterates the need for a historical analysis of all disenfranchised and overlooked people. Snorton offers a unique perspective into the burgeoning field of transgender history."--H-Net Reviews"Explores how such important scientific advances as the development of modern gynaecology, for example, took place through and with repeated experimentation on enslaved Black women."--Wear Your Voice Magazine"C. Riley Snorton's book Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity is a field-changing, paradigm-shifting, once-in-a-generation book that will be read and reckoned with for years to come."--American Historical Review"Carried by an extensive archive of materials such as fugitive slave narratives, sensationalist journalism, and Afro-modernist literature, Snorton gives insight into the importance of black history in relation to of transgender topics. Snorton illuminates how the foundations for "understanding gender as mutable" derive from the horrifics of slavery. Snorton's research proves to be an outstanding and well-needed addition to the conversation of black and trans communities."--PopSugar"It is unquestionable that Black On Both Sides will quickly become necessary reading for anyone thinking about blackness, transness, gender, or historiography. Implicit in its argument is how integral questions of blackness and transness are to numerous other "unrelated" fields: emblematic of such is the sheer number of citations in each chapter (in multiple chapters citation count is in excess of 125), which is less a citational overload and instead an indication of black/trans's relevance to scholars in fields from black studies to transgender studies, continental philosophy to history to journalism. Snorton's articulation of such an original historiographical theorization, and serious advancement of the analytic properties (rather than strictly identificatory) of blackness and transness, makes this book a groundbreaking text with which anyone in the aforementioned fields, among numerous others, would be remiss not to grapple rigorously."--Journal of African American History"Black on Both Sides holds a needed critique of the real, lived dangers of liberal inclusion and an identity politics that stubbornly refuses to address ongoing systemic forces that feed into dangerous and deadly circumstances for Black and trans people, including interpersonal violence as well as systemic forces of policing and incarceration, job discrimination, and social isolation. Beyond this, it offers and prioritizes the beauty of those lives that move through the interstices and oversights of categorization, holding a resonant claim to life and meaning."--Gender and Women's Studies"Black on Both Sides is a rigorous historical and theoretical project that seeks to complicate how we understand blackness at an onto- logical level. What Snorton does exceptionally well is to offer readers the opportunity to consider the ways in which the narrowness of disciplinary boundaries within the academy have rendered queerness and transness as periphery subjects in black history. In this way the book functions as a call to think more expansively about trans studies and black studies."--Journal of the History of Sexuality"C. Riley Snorton ambitiously develops a capacious trans genealogy, which culminates in transgender but arrives there through the motion across categories contained in such derivatives as transitivity and transversality. Not a conventional history, the book is more a set of associative assemblages, a racial poetics of transness, a densely theoretical challenge to historical method."--Journal of American History"C. Riley Snorton's Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity is an outstanding theorization and history of the interdependence and co- construction of race and gender in the United States."--Oxford University Press Journals"Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity provides an intricate and well-developed weaving of the past to the present."--QED: A Journal in LGBTQ "An incredible insight to how Black people pioneered being out as transgender... A great source and reference for historical events that took place that could help readers with awareness and understanding of the trans community."--Outvoices Nashville "Black on Both Sides challenges the historical account of trans studies invention by excavating a black trans presence and persona long before modern articulations of such. C. Riley Snorton offers us a way to read the historical record in a fashion that requires the unthought to be the basis of the foundation for our claims of newness, demonstrating that there is no revision of what it means to be human without coming through blackness, past and present."--Rinaldo Walcott, author of Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora, and Black Studies"C. Riley Snorton's Black on Both Sides is a welcome contribution to black studies with the potential to influence future directions in the burgeoning field of transgender studies. It is rigorous scholarship that manages to be imaginative and timely."--Kara Keeling, author of The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense"In a beautifully written and brilliant intervention and extension--the first full length book 'to examine the historical and contemporary importance of race to the constitution of "trans gender"'--C. Riley Snorton identifies and performs a black trans reading practice, from Anarcha to Transgender Days of Remembrance."--Christina Sharpe, author of In the Wake: On Blackness and Being About the Author C. Riley Snorton is associate professor of Africana studies and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Cornell University and visiting associate professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (Minnesota, 2014).
Transgender 101 - by Nicholas Teich (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Gender StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Columbia University PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Nicholas TeichLanguage: English Book Synopsis Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism. The volume covers the characteristics of Gender Identity Disorder/Gender Dysphoria and the development of the transgender movement. Each chapter explains how transgender individuals handle their gender identity, how others view it within the context of non-transgender society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. Featuring men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications, this book is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members. Review Quotes ...a fascinating read... effectively raising questions and prompting discussions about assumptions we've always taken for granted...--Bibrary Book Lust...highly recommended reading as a user-friendly introduction.--Youth TodayTransgender 101 is a highly readable and thorough primer on the history, terminology, types, politics, and medical and social realities of the transgender population. Teich uses insights from his personal and clinical experience and from the growing body of literature in transgender studies to educate the professional and lay communities on the many layered meanings and manifestations of transgenderism. This comprehensive introduction informs without being self-absorbed or polemical.--Betty Morningstar, president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social WorkersIn an eminently readable fashion, Teich covers topics ranging from the underlying sociological concepts of sex, gender, and sexual identification to the experiences of 'coming out' and 'transitioning." He then situates the 'trans' person in an historical context--examining the mental health and medical ramifications of the way society has viewed and (mis)treated the change from imputed to 'authentic' sex. I am glad I read this book.--Kevin J. Mahoney, professor and director of the Center for Participant-Directed Services at Boston College About the Author Nicholas M. Teich is a licensed social worker pursuing a Ph.D. in social policy at Brandeis University. A member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, he trains and educates groups about gender issues and is the founder and president of Camp Aranu'tiq, the first-ever summer camp for transgender children.
Amateur - by Thomas Page McBee (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Gender StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Scribner Book CompanyAge Range: AdultAuthor: Thomas Page McBeeLanguage: English About the Book "From an award-winning writer whose work bristles with "hard-won strength, insight, agility, and love" (Maggie Nelson), an exquisite and troubling narrative of masculinity, violence, and society"-- Book Synopsis *Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction *Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award *Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize One of The Times UK's Best Memoirs of 2018, BuzzFeed's Best Nonfiction of 2018, Autostraddle's Best LGBT Books of 2018, and 52 Insight's Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2018 A "no-holds-barred examination of masculinity" (BuzzFeed) and violence from award-winning author Thomas Page McBee. In this "refreshing and radical" (The Guardian) narrative, Thomas McBee, a trans man, sets out to uncover what makes a man--and what being a "good" man even means--through his experience training for and fighting in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden. A self-described "amateur" at masculinity, McBee embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of gender in society, examining sexism, toxic masculinity, and privilege. As he questions the limitations of gender roles and the roots of masculine aggression, he finds intimacy, hope, and even love in the experience of boxing and in his role as a man in the world. Despite personal history and cultural expectations, "Amateur is a reminder that the individual can still come forward and fight" (The A.V. Club). "Sharp and precise, open and honest," (Women's Review of Books), McBee's writing asks questions "relevant to all people, trans or not" (New York Newsday). Through interviews with experts in neuroscience, sociology, and critical race theory, he constructs a deft and thoughtful examination of the role of men in contemporary society. Amateur is a graceful and uncompromising look at gender by a fearless, fiercely honest writer. Review Quotes "Brave, honest and touchingly human...a beautiful book that will resonate...with anyone anywhere in the world who is determined to become a better, kinder human being." --The Guardian, The Book That Changed My Mind "There have been a slew of new books that have reckoned powerfully with manhood and masculinity and their intersections with race and sexuality. Among the best I'd rank How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, by Alexander Chee, Air Traffic, by Gregory Pardlo, Amateur, by Thomas Page McBee, and Heavy, by Kiese Laymon. They are very different books, but all exhibit the two qualities that Orwell said made him a writer: "a facility with words and a power of facing unpleasant facts."" --The New York Times "In an age when identity feels so splintered and fractional, McBee's empathy with men feels refreshing, but it's his determination to be accountable that is radical. He resolves his own masculinity crisis by doing the things men often think they're doing, but so often are not: listening, asking questions, seeking help, being vulnerable." --The Guardian "This book relays a subtle, profound personal investigation into masculinity and personhood ... McBee's great twist is to treat masculinity itself as an anthropological phenomenon, represented by this bloody, extreme sport. Inside the fight, McBee finds reconciliation." --The New Republic "A compelling example of humanity at its best, one to which anyone with a heart and a mind will relate." --Western Humanities Review"Amateur is Thomas Page McBee's poetic exploration of (sometimes toxic) masculinity as he trained to become the first trans man to box in Madison Square Garden. Author of the award-winning memoir Man Alive, McBee expected men drawn to boxing were motivated by bloodlust. Instead, he discovers mentorship among men overcoming weaknesses. In finding the vulnerability guys hope to hide, McBee finds hope for all men." --The Advocate"[McBee's] writing asks questions about gender that he believes are relevant to all people, trans or not ... [Amateur] probes the culture (or cult) of masculinity through, among other things, his experience as the first trans man to enter the boxing ring at Madison Square Garden, where he competed in a 2015 charity event when he was 34." --Newsday "Elegantly demonstrate[s] how men can fight for a better definition of manhood--one that includes vulnerability, empathy, and self-expression--simply by fighting to be themselves ... [McBee] finds the answer not in knocking out another man's mouthguard, but rather in moments of vulnerability and the nurturing gestures of other men." --Quartz"[One of] the hottest memoirs to pre-order for fall ... In this memoir from Scribner, [McBee] grapples with masculinity, gender, and violence as he recounts his training to become a boxer." --The Writer Magazine"A no-holds-barred examination of masculinity. McBee describes the journey as a way of grappling with his newish place in the world of toxic (and privileged) masculinity ... a compassionate look at what it means to be a man and the circumstances that have engendered our expectations. It is in many ways a happy dismantling of these expectations, an opening of masculinity to make room for love, support, and tenderness -- something McBee is pleasantly surprised to find along the way." --Buzzfeed "Thomas Page McBee's new memoir, Amateur, is a powerful exploration of the costs of toxic masculinity and the joys of an authentic life. It is also a classic fight story. Superbly written and keenly observed, Amateur manages to juggle all of these elements with grace and wit." --The Rumpus "McBee is consistently vulnerable--both physically and in how he shares his experience. Yet at the end of Amateur, after all the punches, interviews, and introspection, the author does not arrive at any simple answers. Instead, that initial question about men and fighting multiplies into larger ones ... While he gets closer and closer to that eventual fight night in New York, his investigation of men is made more powerful by this lack of certainty--ultimately asking whether anyone, including those who flaunt their political strength in Washington D.C., truly comprehends the meaning of masculinity." --Bitch Magazine"Amateur provocatively describes the ways in which an increasingly fragile patriarchal culture needs to keep men in their place. A quest for self-liberation, this loving and deeply intelligent exploration of contemporary masculinities is essential reading." --Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home and Hot Milk"In this lyrical, courageous book, the author eloquently probes his inner life as he searches for the meaning of gender identity in a world limited by binary thinking. Provocative and illuminating--a winning follow-up to McBee's acclaimed debut." --Kirkus Reviews"Reading Amateur is watching someone try to simultaneously figure out who they are, who the world wants them to be, and why. It's deeply personal and politically vital, a calm and contemplative antidote to male toxicity." --The Skinny"Sharp and precise, open and honest ... It's hard to overstate how important and profound it feels to read a personal account of a man actively examining his own masculinity and privilege in such an honest way." --Women's Review of Books "[McBee's] writing is marvelous, pinning ideas that could so easily be abstract to the visceral, physical poetry of boxing...McBee displays tenacity on the page and in the gym, sizing up formidable concepts and engaging them with savvy and sensitivity. Amateur is more than a boxing story, just as it's more than a trans narrative. It's a highly recommended case study in manhood." --Shelf Awareness "This powerful book chronicles McBee's training and his attempts at understanding why violence is accepted as an aspect of American masculinity...McBee's lyrical, achingly honest exploration of loss and maturation offers a hopeful antidote to more toxic forms of masculinity." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Riveting. [McBee] is a compelling narrator. A heartfelt glimpse of a trans person's life, with a very dramatic boxing match bringing into focus the gender binary...Readers will be able to relate and gain new perspectives." --Library Journal "This timely memoir explores male-female power dynamics in an uplifting story of someone who becomes a new man in ways even he couldn't anticipate." --Booklist"The hot center of this book, the new work that it does, is McBee's search to identify and adopt ways to be a "better" man. He wants to know, as a man, how to fight gender inequity ... At a time when equity of all kinds is being suppressed, Amateur is a reminder that the individual can still come forward and fight." --The A.V. Club"This is an extraordinary, humane and compassionate book about aggression, selfhood and love. Nothing short of superb." --Attitude Magazine "When men fight, they are fighting the parts of themselves they hate, as McBee, himself a victim of abuse, discovers ... [the account] is interspersed with insights from a wide range of commentators and experts on issues relating to masculinity, race, gender and violence. It all adds up to a gripping and fascinating journey." --The Press Association"Until I read this book, I didn't realize how tired I was of reading about masculinity as cold, hard, and fixed. Amateur is a warm hug. It's also an invitation to everyone who's ever struggled to accept failure, searched for a sense of belonging, or said 'Ugh, men' in an exasperated tone to think harder and be kinder. I want the world to read it." --Ann Friedman, New York Magazine columnist and cohost of Call Your Girlfriend "Amateur is a brutally honest look at the problems with masculinity, laced through with hope, and joy, and possibility. Thomas McBee confronts fears and realities with grace, toughness, and poetry. A beautiful book." --Michelle Tea, author of Black Wave and How to Grow Up "Thomas Page McBee's Amateur takes a classic, well-worn subject--a man whose fight with other men is ultimately a confrontation with the self--and completely revitalizes, renews, and enriches it. McBee grapples with enormous issues such as masculinity, identity, transformation, and loss with great depth and intelligence, and in doing so, explores so many of the tough questions we should all be asking ourselves. Though slim and sharply concise, Amateur enlarges the world by opening up greater, more hopeful realms of possibility. I am a better man for having read this book." --Isaac Fitzgerald, founding editor of Buzzfeed Books, cohost of #AMtoDM and coauthor of Pen & Ink and Knives & Ink "Thomas Page McBee is a fighter--and not only in a ring in Madison Square Garden. Amateur shows us a warrior of the human spirit, courageously investigating masculinity itself. His prose--both fierce and delicate--reveals a struggle to become a better man, and to create a better self. Amateur is urgent, generous, and fearless." --Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Long Black Veil and She's Not There "With Thomas as your gloved guide, you'll peer into locker rooms, through ropes, and at douchebags challenging strangers to sidewalk beat downs. Watch Thomas spar with masculinity as he takes on his, yours, and America's manhood. While tracing his journey from uninitiated fighter to Madison Square boxer, McBee explores why men so frequently confuse violence with power and why being a man ought to rely on a willingness to spar, first and foremost, with one's own shadow." --Myriam Gurba, author of Mean "A blazingly wise and beautiful book." --A.L. Kennedy, author of All the Rage and Serious Sweet
Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults - by Finn V Gratton (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 240Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Finn V GrattonLanguage: English About the Book By setting out strategies for creating more effective support based on the experiences of trans people on the spectrum, this guide offers tailored advice for professionals working with autistic trans clients. It covers issues such as difficulties talking about the body, undertaking and recovering from surgeries and social anxiety. Book Synopsis Providing advice on how professionals working with autistic trans youth and adults can tailor their practice to best serve their clients and how parents can support their trans autistic children, this book increases awareness of the large overlap between trans identities and autism. By including chapters on gender diversity basics, neuroqueer trauma and how to support neuroqueer individuals, this book sets out strategies for creating more effective support that takes into account the unique experiences of trans people on the spectrum. Written by a therapist who identifies as neuroqueer, this book is the perfect companion for professionals who want to increase their knowledge of the experiences and needs of their trans autistic clients. Review Quotes Gratton opens readers' eyes and hearts to the experiences and realities of neuroqueer individuals. Brimming with practical resources and strategies, a true gem and essential reading for families and professionals willing to take action to make the world a more welcoming place for trans autistic youth and adults.--Katherine A. Kuvalanka, Ph.D., Department of Family Science and Social Work, Miami UniversityFor those new to the field and those who already know so much, you will all discover so much more to learn in Finn Gratton's brilliant and comprehensive book taking us on a journey alongside trans autistic people, in their everyday lives and in the offices of the professionals there to help them. Gratton reminds us throughout Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults that as we learn, it is the trans autistic people who will be our teachers in both their neuro- and gender diversity.--Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., Director of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Gender Center, University of California San Francisco Author of The Gender Creative Child and Gender Born, Gender MadeThis concise, appropriate, necessary book offers explanations, answers and research for understanding gender differences journeyed by autistic, neurodiverse individuals. I cannot stress enough the importance of this book!--Dr. Wenn Lawson (PhD), CPsych, BPSs, AFBPSs, MAPs About the Author Finn V. Gratton is a somatic psychotherapist specialising in trauma and transgender and autistic/neurodivergent issues. Finn also identifies as non-binary and autistic.
Transgender Profiles - by Linda Defruscio-Robinson (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 282Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Brown Books PublishingAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Linda Defruscio-RobinsonLanguage: English Book Synopsis Transgender Profiles: Time for a Change is an inspirational volume from Linda DeFruscio about the courage it takes to become the person you have always felt you were inside - to shirk off the mask that you have worn for your whole life until this moment. As an electrologist, Linda sees clients every day who are in the process of transitioning to a different gender, and she is there to help them in their journey of self-expression and the claiming of their identity. Filled with twenty unique stories of bravery from all different walks of life, this book is a tribute to all the courageous people who take their identity in their own hands and go forth to find the body that fits the soul and mind within. For those considering transitioning, for those looking for perspective and guidance in supporting loved ones, or for those who are curious and want to understand the struggles and triumphs of transgender individuals, Transgender Profiles is an invaluable resource.
The Trans Partner Handbook - by Jo Green (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 184Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Jo GreenLanguage: English About the Book A detailed step-by-step look at the different stages of transitioning for partners of trans people. With personal reflections from over 15 trans partners in healthy and successful relationships, this insightful guide provides practical advice for those supporting a partner as they transition. Book Synopsis Individuals who transition from one gender to another are often in some degree of a relationship, and over 55% of these relationships endure through the transition process. While more resources are emerging for trans people themselves, there is very little information available for their partners. Through first-hand accounts and vignettes of successful partnerships, this book presents detailed descriptions of everything involved in the transition process, with specific guidance for those supporting a partner in transition. Topics include disclosure, mental health, coming out, loss and grief, sex and sexuality and the legal, medical and social practicalities of transitioning. In this essential guide, people whose partners are across the transgender spectrum speak out on their own experiences with personal advice and support for others. Review Quotes The Trans Partner Handbook is just that - a step-by-step guide for how to approach a partner transitioning. Jo Green addresses this topic with sincerity, honesty, and openness, weaving together their experiences with those of other partners of trans people to paint a picture of the breadth of challenges and joys a partner's transition can bring.--Laura Erickson-Schroth, author of Trans Bodies, Trans SelvesThe Trans Partner Handbook provides a wealth of information and ideas, to become more fluent with the terminology and lingo used when discussing trans matters. When you transition, everyone around you does too. It's a time of adjustment for all. This book is absolutely jam-packed full of information on the topic of being trans, particularly for those at the start of their transition.--Fox Fisher, Trans activist and author of Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?The essential topics in this handbook offer critical information that trans partners can use throughout their partner's transition.--D.M. Maynard, Author and Educator About the Author Jo Green is the partner of a trans woman and runs Distinction - an online support group for partners of trans people: www.distinctionsupport.org
Transgressive - by Rachel Anne Williams (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Rachel Anne WilliamsLanguage: English About the Book A provocative exploration of issues relating to gender, feminism, philosophy and trans-identities, written from a trans-feminist perspective. It empowers readers, raises awareness and breaks down misconceptions about trans identities, covering issues such as women's male privilege, radical feminism and being trans enough. Book Synopsis How do I know I am trans? Is trans feminism real feminism? What is there to say about trans women's male privilege? This collection of insightful, pithy and passionately argued think pieces from a trans-feminist perspective explores issues surrounding gender, feminism and philosophy and challenges misconceptions about trans identities. The book confronts contentious debates in gender studies to alleviate ongoing tension between feminism and trans women. Split into six sections, this collection covers wider issues, as well as autobiographical experiences, designed to stimulate the reader and encourage them to actively participate. Review Quotes Williams's terrific work breaking down academic concepts into understandable language and clear, concrete ideas will be a boon to both newbies to and veterans of the trans experience and issues.--Publishers WeeklyWilliams writes with exceptional clarity and candor about some intellectually and emotionally difficult subjects, and somehow she manages to do so in a voice that is equal parts confident and modest. It would be hard to exaggerate how much I learned from this remarkable collection of essays.--Christopher Heath Wellman, Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. LouisRachel Williams' Transgressive should be required reading for human beings. Her skillful interweaving of autobiography and theory not only radically improves our understanding of sex and gender, but also manifests kindness and wisdom on every page. I have never been as entertained by something so fundamentally helpful.--Jon Cogburn, Louisiana State University Department of Philosophy, author of Garcian Meditations and (with Mark Silcox) Philosophy Through Video GamesTaking unerring aim at the patriarchal transphobia that saturates our lives, Williams' piercing insights and vivid personal accounts capture the heartbreak and the hope of existing in this world as a transgender human being.--Zinnia Jones, creator of Gender Analysis About the Author Rachel Anne Williams is a trans woman who runs the popular blog www.transphilosopher.com. She has 5000+ Twitter followers and 1000+ YouTube subscribers and has written for publications such as Medium. She previously worked in academia as a philosopher, and is based in the US.
Cultural Awareness in Therapy with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Adults and Older People - by Tavi Hawn (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 176Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Tavi HawnLanguage: English About the Book Practical advice for therapists and other professionals on developing culturally sensitive practices with trans clients regardless of race, ethnicity or religion, including older trans people. Includes case studies, tips, self-assessment checklists and further resources. Review Quotes This book is essential reading for anyone, cis or trans, who works or wants to work therapeutically with trans, gender expansive and/or Two Spirit clients. The author covers transgender care across the lifespan within an anti-racist, intersectional framework. I know I will recommend this book to all my supervisees and to anyone interested in transgender care!"--Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, LMFT, SEP, CST, co-author of 'How To Understand Your Gender' and 'Life Isn't Binary'
Pride: A Celebration in Quotes - by Caitlyn McNeill (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 128Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: SterlingAge Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Caitlyn McNeillLanguage: English About the Book To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parade, this book offers inspiring words of wisdom on loving yourself as you truly are. These thoughtfully selected quotations are the perfect way to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the first Pride parade. Taken from throughout history and from a variety of voices, they celebrate everything the LGBT community has achieved, looking at inclusivity across the board and reminding us that love is one of the world's greatest powers. Book Synopsis To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Parade, this book offers inspiring words of wisdom on loving yourself as you truly are. These thoughtfully selected quotations are the perfect way to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the first Pride parade. Taken from throughout history and from a variety of voices, they celebrate everything the LGBT community has achieved, looking at inclusivity across the board and reminding us that love is one of the world's greatest powers. Quotes include: "We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths--that all of us are created equal--is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall." --Barack Obama "I've never been interested in being invisible and erased." --Laverne Cox "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Trans Love - by Freiya Benson (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 296Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Freiya BensonLanguage: English About the Book Covering all types of love, including spiritual love, self-love and friendship, this intimate, deeply passionate and radical book reclaims what love means to trans people. Book Synopsis Selected as a 2019 LGBT Book of the Year by Dazed and Ms. MagazineA ground-breaking anthology of writing on the topic of love, written by trans and non-binary people who share their thoughts, feelings and experiences of love in all its guises. The collection spans familial, romantic, spiritual and self-love as well as friendships and ally love, to provide a broad and honest understanding of how trans people navigate love and relationships, and what love means to them.Reclaiming what love means to trans people, this book provokes conversations that are not reflected in what is presently written, moving the narrative around trans identities away from sensationalism. At once intimate and radical, and both humorous and poignant, this book is for anyone who has loved, who is in love, and who is looking for love. Review Quotes Trans Love makes for poignant, page-turning reading.--DAZEDFrom learning how to love yourself to falling for a soulmate, the concept of love can be daunting for a trans person. Trans Love gives a beautiful insight into the hearts and souls of what love means for trans and non-binary people today.--Sarah Savage, author of Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl and co-founder of Trans Pride BrightonTo consider a trans person's entitlement to love and be loved might feel like a radical step, for to go there is to acknowledge both the humanity of trans folk and, furthermore, wider society's capacity to discern and value it. If you think you could never love a trans person or they have no right to love you then prepare to be shaken.--Christine Burns MBE, Author and Transgender ActivistAffirming and authentic, trans stories told by trans people.--Charlie Craggs, author of To My Trans Sisters About the Author Freiya Benson is a trans woman and an experienced writer, and has written for magazines and websites, including the Huffington Post, and Vice.
Lgbtq Cincinnati - by Ken Schneck (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)Age Range: AdultBook theme: Gay StudiesAuthor: Ken SchneckLanguage: English Book Synopsis Cincinnati's LGBTQ history is a study in riveting contradictions. Seen as one of the more conservative cities in Ohio, Cincinnati is also the home of the first Pride march in the entire state. A strong move to censor the LGBTQ-related art of Robert Mapplethorpe at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center resulted in a nationally publicized trial where freedom of expression emerged victorious in the face of those who zealously sought to suppress the LGBTQ community's voice. The passage of Issue 3 in 1993 epitomized the tenet that minority rights should never be up for majority vote, while the repeal of Article XII eleven years later displayed the sheer power of mobilization. Through protests, celebrations, and demonstrations of unadulterated pride, Cincinnati has proven itself over and over again as a community of individuals trying to make the Queen City live up to its royal--and decidedly LGBTQ--name.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) - by Brynn Tannehill (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 432Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Brynn TannehillLanguage: English About the Book A trans 101 book that walks readers through hot button issues relating to the transgender community. Leading activist Brynn Tannehill breaks down deeply held misconceptions about trans people across all aspects of life, and sheds light on biased research, bad statistics and bad science. Book Synopsis Leading activist and essayist Brynn Tannehill tells you everything you ever wanted to know about transgender issues but were afraid to ask. The book aims to break down deeply held misconceptions about trans people across all aspects of life, from politics, law and culture, through to science, religion and mental health, to provide readers with a deeper understanding of what it means to be trans. The book walks the reader through transgender issues, starting with "What does transgender mean?" before moving on to more complex topics including growing up trans, dating and sex, medical and mental health, and debates around gender and feminism. Brynn also challenges deliberately deceptive information about transgender people being put out into the public sphere. Transphobic myths are debunked and biased research, bad statistics and bad science are carefully and clearly refuted. This important and engaging book enables any reader to become informed the most critical public conversations around transgender people, and become a better ally as a result. Review Quotes Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) is a tremendously engaging and accessible resource that not only answers questions that people want to know, it informs about topics that we need to know. There is not another book on this topic that is as well-researched, comprehensive, clear, and vitally-needed. If you want to educate yourself and others about trans people and issues that affect trans communities -- as well as stimulate lively conversation -- use this in your book club and in college classes. I challenge readers to ask a question that Brynn Tannehill has not answered - and answered exceedingly well.--Christine Robinson, Professor of Justice Studies, James Madison UniversityBased on decades of research and real world advocacy on behalf of transgender people, this gem of a book offers unvarnished, informed, and extremely accessible answers to just about every aspect of transgender life, law, and politics. Brynn has an impressive ability to explain complex legal issues in simple but accurate terms, and her deep knowledge of the military gives her an unparalleled insight into the transgender community's ongoing struggle to be able to serve openly in our nation's armed forces.--Shannon Minter, Legal Director at the National Center for Lesbian RightsBrynn Tannehill is definitely not afraid. In Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Trans (But Were Afraid To Ask), she bravely takes on the pernicious myths and outright lies about transgender people that otherwise circulate unchecked in American culture. With passion and humor, she intervenes in debates over science, religion, law, politics, and popular culture, bringing clarity to what can sometimes seem an unnavigable morass of unsubstantiated opinion. She also gives readers the tools they need to do their own myth-busting. This book is an essential introduction to transgender identities and politics for the uninitiated -- I can't wait to assign it in my "Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies" class -- but it is also a great resource for transgender people and their friends and families. Tannehill does not shy away from warning us that the future could be bleak for trans folks in the United States. But she provides us with the truth and reminds us that with knowledge comes power.--Jennifer Putzi, Associate Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies, Director of Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Program, College of William and MaryBrynn Tannehill is the explainer-in-chief of the trans movement. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) is a one-stop shop for anyone with questions about this historic fight for equality. Informative and accessible, this resource is exactly what we need.--Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights CampaignEquality and progress for our transgender neighbors and loved ones begins with overcoming misconceptions, misunderstandings, and ignorance about everything from health care to military service to the difference between sex and gender. With thorough research, extensive evidence, and personal experience, Brynn Tannehill guides readers through the complex challenges and the basic issues transgender people confront every day.--Joseph Kennedy III, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional districtThis book is a must-have resource not just for transgender people but also for all of those who parent, educate, employ, serve, treat, love, and play, pray, work, or live with transgender youth and adults. It is beautifully written, painstakingly researched, sophisticated in its treatment of a wide range of topics, and destined to become a classic. Brava to Brynn!--Anthony Varona, Professor of Law and Vice Dean at American University Washington College of LawThis is a multifaceted book that welcomes the reader to explore basic terminology and the daily challenges faced by transgender people in American society. Brynn presents a holistic and integrated view of the transgender experience by combining fact based, peer-reviewed evidence with a discussion of the complex issues, myths and misconceptions experienced by the transgender community today. Whether you are transgender, cisgender, an ally, or simply someone who wants to become more educated about gender identity, this one of a kind book is appealing to general audiences and academics alike.--Dr. Michelle Dietert, Professor of Sociology, Texas A & M University About the Author Brynn Tannehill is a leading trans activist and essayist, and has written for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Bilerico, Slate, Salon, USA Today, The Advocate, LGBTQ Nation, The New Civil Rights Movement, as a blogger and featured columnist.
True Secrets of Lesbian Desire - by Renate Stendhal (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 119Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: North Atlantic BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Lesbian StudiesAuthor: Renate StendhalLanguage: English Book Synopsis Renate Stendhal sweeps out the old myths about bed death, the notion that lesbian couples tend to be too close to maintain sexual desire. Her own story and her talks with counseling clients prove the contrary. Stendhal shows that sex is the natural and continuous outcome of a closeness generated by bold honesty and the capacity to speak and hear intimate secrets. Sharing shameful desires and vulnerable fears is what love and sexual passion are made of. Stendhal teaches simple, effective and thought-provoking lessons for any committed or married couple who wants to keep passion alive beyond the honeymoon phase. Her message: The art of intimate truth-telling is the most effective aphrodisiac of all. Review Quotes Renate Stendhal's unique words of wisdom are wonderful, and have an important message for everyone. --Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, co-authors of Lesbian/Woman Tracking all these mutual quests for honest relationships, Stendhal's small and beautiful volume almost made me wish to be in one myself. I'll keep it handy, should the occasion arise. --Alix Dobkin, singer/songwriter What a compassionate and useful little book, so full of heart and good sense. Renate Stendhal brings her work deep understanding about intimacy that will benefit any couple ready to take the next step in love and passion. --Carol Queen, Ph.D., author of Exhibitionism for the Sky About the Author Renate Stendhal is a coach and counselor for individuals and couples, with a private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco. She has published several books, including Sex and Other Sacred Games and the award-winning photobiography, Gertrude Stein in Words and Pictures.
Love and Resistance - by Jason Baumann (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Jason BaumannLanguage: English About the Book More than one hundred vivid photographs of the LGBTQ revolution--and its public and intimate moments in the 1960s and 70s--that lit a fire still burning today. Book Synopsis A ragtag group of women protesting behind a police line in the rain. A face in a crowd holding a sign that says, "Hi Mom, Guess What!" at a gay rights rally. Two lovers kissing under a tree. These indelible images are among the thousands housed in the New York Public Library's archive of photographs of 1960s and '70s LGBTQ history from photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies. Lahusen is a pioneering photojournalist who captured pivotal moments in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Davies, in turn, is one of the most important photojournalists who documented gay, lesbian, and trans liberation, as well as civil rights, feminist, and antiwar movements.This powerful collection--which captures the energy, humor, and humanity of the groundbreaking protests that surrounded the Stonewall Riots--celebrates the diversity of this rights movement, both in the subjects of the photos and by presenting Lahusen and Davies' distinctive work and perspectives in conversation with each other. A preface, captions, and part introductions from curator Jason Baumann provide illuminating historical context. And an introduction from Roxane Gay, best-selling author of Hunger, speaks to the continued importance of these iconic photos of resistance.
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Trap Door - (Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture) by Reina Gossett & Eric A Stanley & Johanna Burton (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 448Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Critical Anthologies in Art and CultureFormat: HardcoverPublisher: MIT PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Reina Gossett & Eric A Stanley & Johanna BurtonLanguage: English About the Book Essays, conversations, and archival investigations explore the paradoxes, limitations, and social ramifications of trans representation within contemporary culture. Book Synopsis Essays, conversations, and archival investigations explore the paradoxes, limitations, and social ramifications of trans representation within contemporary culture.The increasing representation of trans identity throughout art and popular culture in recent years has been nothing if not paradoxical. Trans visibility is touted as a sign of a liberal society, but it has coincided with a political moment marked both by heightened violence against trans people (especially trans women of color) and by the suppression of trans rights under civil law. Trap Door grapples with these contradictions. The essays, conversations, and dossiers gathered here delve into themes as wide-ranging yet interconnected as beauty, performativity, activism, and police brutality. Collectively, they attest to how trans people are frequently offered "doors"--entrances to visibility and recognition--that are actually "traps," accommodating trans bodies and communities only insofar as they cooperate with dominant norms. The volume speculates about a third term, perhaps uniquely suited for our time: the trapdoor, neither entrance nor exit, but a secret passageway leading elsewhere. Trap Door begins a conversation that extends through and beyond trans culture, showing how these issues have relevance for anyone invested in the ethics of visual culture. Contributors Lexi Adsit, Sara Ahmed, Nicole Archer, Kai Lumumba Barrow, Johanna Burton, micha cárdenas, Mel Y. Chen, Grace Dunham, Treva Ellison, Sydney Freeland, Che Gossett, Reina Gossett, Stamatina Gregory, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Robert Hamblin, Eva Hayward, Juliana Huxtable, Yve Laris Cohen, Abram J. Lewis, Heather Love, Park McArthur, CeCe McDonald, Toshio Meronek, Fred Moten, Tavia Nyong'o, Morgan M. Page, Roy Pérez, Dean Spade, Eric A. Stanley, Jeannine Tang, Wu Tsang, Jeanne Vaccaro, Chris E. Vargas, Geo Wyeth, Kalaniopua Young, Constantina Zavitsanos Review Quotes As someone who has spent her life seeking reflections of myself in visual and print media, this anthology by my dear friend Reina Gossett was a salve, helping me unpack the images I've taken in of myself as a trans woman -- and the ones I am creating through my own writings and Pose.--Sarah Karlan, BuzzFeed--The texts collected here chart new ways to tell our stories, to represent ourselves, our art, our archives, and our futures.--Paris Review--Trap Door is an essential tome that focuses loosely on work by trans-identified artists and the paradoxes inherent within it. The book is "resistant to the canonization of trans art," as its editors note in an introduction, and the writings and interviews included in an expansive anthology--showcasing figures such as Chris E. Vargas, Geo Wyeth, Wu Tsang, Park McArthur, and Constantina Zavitsanos--provide valuable ways of redefining what a canon might entail.--ArtNews-- About the Author Reina Gossett is an artist, activist, and 2017 Activist in Residence at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She directed The Personal Things (2016) and, with Sasha Wortzel, wrote, directed, and produced Happy Birthday, Marsha! (2017), a short film about legendary performer and activist Marsha P. Johnson. Eric A. Stanley is Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside, editor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, and, with Chris E. Vargas, director of the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2016). Johanna Burton is Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum in New York and the series editor for the Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture.
Traversing Gender - by Lee Harrington (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 286Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Mystic Productions PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Lee HarringtonLanguage: English Book Synopsis In the current age of gender identity and transgender awareness, many questions are coming to light for everyone. Whether brought about by media and cultural attention or personal journeys, individuals who have never heard of transgender, transsexual, or gender variant people can feel lost or confused. Information can be hard to find, and is often fragmented or biased. Meanwhile, trans people are getting a chance to dialogue with each other and finally be heard by the world at large. In Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities, author Lee Harrington helps make the intimate discussions of gender available for everyone to understand. Topics include: - Understanding the terms "trans" and "transgender" - Differences (and crossovers) between sex, gender, and orientation - The wide array and types of trans experiences - Social networking and emotional support systems for trans people - Navigating medical care, from the common cold to gender-specific procedures - What "transitioning" looks like, from a variety of different approaches - How legal systems interplay with gender and trans issues - Extra challenges based on gender, race, class, age and disability - Skills and information on being successful a trans ally Bringing these personal matters into the light of day, this reader-friendly resource is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members, as well as members of the transgender community itself. It is here for you and those in your life, helping create an opportunity for overcoming the challenges trans people face through awareness and action, making the world a better place one life at a time. About the Author Lee Harrington is an internationally known gender and sexuality author and educator who has been an active part of gender advocacy and identity awareness communities for 20 years.
To My Trans Sisters - by Charlie Craggs (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 344Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Charlie CraggsLanguage: English About the Book An empowering, heartfelt collection of letters from celebrated trans women addressed to those who are transitioning. Each letter offers honest advice from their own experience on everything from make-up and dating, through to deeper subjects like battling dysphoria and dealing with transphobia. Book Synopsis Lambda Literary Award Finalist - LGBTQ Anthology2019 Over the Rainbow Recommended Book List Dedicated to trans women everywhere, this inspirational collection of letters written by successful trans women shares the lessons they learnt on their journeys to womanhood, celebrating their achievements and empowering the next generation to become who they truly are. Written by politicians, scientists, models, athletes, authors, actors, and activists from around the world, these letters capture the diversity of the trans experience and offer advice from make-up and dating through to fighting dysphoria and transphobia. By turns honest and heartfelt, funny and furious or beautiful and brave, these letters send a clear message of hope to their sisters: each of these women have gone through the struggles of transition and emerged the other side as accomplished, confident women; and if we made it sister, so can you! Review Quotes A must-read collection of letters from truly inspirational women. Packed with essential advice, stories of overcoming adversity, and uplifting messages of hope for anyone starting transition. This wonderful book shows that our community really is like a family, and most importantly: we've all got your back, sis.--Sarah O'Connell, host of The Sarah O'Connell Show on YoutubeThis invigorating anthology, written by trans women for trans women, is a welcome departure from the established genre of texts about trans individuals that seek to explain their lives and experiences for a presumed audience of primarily cisgendered individuals. Editor Craggs, a trans activist and founder of Nail Transphobia, assembles over 70 letters written by trans women, sharing the advice they wish they had been given earlier in life. Rather than documenting the psychological or physiological steps of self-discovery and transition, these letters discuss transness as embedded in fully individual lives. 'Don't get lost in the transition!' writes Kate Stone, founder of Novalia, a groundbreaking printing company. Fashion designer Gogo Graham's advice is more sobering: alluding to the threat of violence many trans people face, she writes, 'Find shoes in which you feel able to run.' Contributors are predominantly from the United States and Britain, though a scattering of letters, such as entries by Audrey Mbugua, a transgender activists based in Kenya, and Miss SaHHara, a singer-songwriter from Thailand, provide global context. The impressive professional and activist credentials of the letter writers, who include the creator of the transgender pride flag and the first transgender officer to serve openly in the U.K. military, might leave the reader wishing for a few unexceptional voices. Yet these women's success stories help counteract media narratives of tragedy without glossing over the pervasive discrimination and violence trans women, particularly trans women of color, face daily. While this book is written for a trans audience, cis readers will find value in reading a work not written primarily for them. (Nov.)--Publishers WeeklyA touching and inspiring anthology of letters edited by Craggs (founder of Nail Transphobia), this offering collects missives of advice for transgender women. Brief biographies precede each letter, allowing readers to get a sense of the background of the writer. Letters come in different formats: traditional letters, letters to the writer's self, poetry, single sentences, and more. Craggs gathers an astonishingly diverse cadre of contributors, who offer both practical and emotional advice. A full range of emotions are represented in the raw, allowing for celebration, anger, and beyond. The work is appropriate for reading straight through or for picking up at different points, delivering the experience of transgender women, nonbinary individuals, and more. Cisgender readers will get a sincere look into the lives of many trans individuals and glean excellent guidance for embarking on any personal journey, while trans readers will find a range of strengthening reflections. VERDICT A triumph in topics of gender and women's studies, this anthology is unlike anything available today and is a must-have for those seeking to understand the trans community on a myriad of levels.--Library Journal, Starred ReviewOverflowing with hard-won wisdom and compassionate insight, Charlie Craggs' To My Trans Sisters is a love letter to our community from the women who understand, better than anyone, what our world is like. An invaluable resource for any trans person - and those that love us.--Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and Long Black VeilThis inspiring collection of letters is essential reading for anyone thinking about transitioning and feels alone, or who wants to understand the diverse experiences trans women have. The messages of hope, humour and triumph over adversity make this book a powerful tool, regardless of where the reader is on the gender spectrum.--Sarah Savage, co-founder of the Trans Pride Brighton charity and author of Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl? About the Author Charlie Craggs is a leading trans activist and founder of the award-winning campaign 'Nail Transphobia'. She was crowned #1 on The Observer's New Radicals List in 2016 and was the recipient of the Marie Claire Future Shaper award in 2017, and featured on both the Independent Rainbow List and the Pride Power List. She has written on trans issues for Huffington Post, The Guardian and Teen Vogue and has starred in campaigns for Selfridges, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Stonewall.
Spectrums - by Maxfield Sparrow (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 240Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Maxfield SparrowLanguage: English About the Book "This is an edited collection of human stories from trans autistic writers. The stories collected in this anthology address the struggles and joys of living at the intersection of neurodivergence and gender divergence with personal insight and nuance. They explore the positives of deep self-knowledge, belonging to a community and living a life in tune with one's inner being. They also address common struggles such as suicide, homelessness, and barriers to adequate healthcare. These are human narratives: lives filled with pain and pleasure, accomplishments and setbacks. The flesh-and-blood realities of the contributors' lives goes beyond the story told by statistics and research on the subject"-- Book Synopsis Written by autistic trans people from around the world, this vital and intimate collection of personal essays reveals the struggles and joys of living at the intersection of neurodivergence and gender diversity. Weaving memories, poems and first-person narratives together, these stories showcase experiences of coming out, college and university life, accessing healthcare, physical transition, friendships and relationships, sexuality, pregnancy, parenting, and late life self-discovery, to reveal a rich and varied tapestry of life lived on the spectrums. With humour and personal insight, this anthology is essential reading for autistic trans people, and the professionals supporting them, as well as anyone interested in the nuances of autism and gender identity. Review Quotes This beautifully written collection of autistic and gender intersectional experiences is challenging, heartbreaking, emotive and mind blowing. There is one theme: My autistic experience of gender and sexuality is valid. Personally, I relate so well to the various experiences echoed in the book. The intersectionalilty of neurodivergence and gender difference leads to a life unforetold and it's time these voices were heard, understood and accommodated.--Wenn B. Lawson (PhD) CPsychol University of Birmingham, UK. & SA Govt. Australia. About the Author Maxfield Sparrow is a trans masculine author and speaker on the autism spectrum. They have previously published No You Don't: Essays from an Unstrange Mind and The ABCs of Autism Acceptance (Autonomous Press) and run a popular blog called 'Unstrange Mind'. They have published a number of articles on the overlap of autism and trans identity and run training and workshops. They are based in Colorado, USA.
Transgender History - (Seal Studies) 2nd Edition by Susan Stryker (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesSeries Title: Seal StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Seal Press (CA)Age Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Susan StrykerLanguage: English About the Book "A timely second edition of the classic text on transgender history, with a new introduction and updated material throughout"-- Book Synopsis Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-'70s to 1990-the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the '90s and '00s. Transgender History includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture. Review Quotes An invaluable text for anyone who wants to better understand evolving concepts of gender. Essential.--CHOICEGround-breaking and all-around excellent--AutostraddleThis timely and relevant book should be required reading.--Portland Book Review About the Author Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, as well as the former director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of many articles and several books on transgender and queer topics. She won a Lambda Literary Award for the anthology The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge), and an Emmy Award for the documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (Frameline/ITVS).
How to Understand Your Gender - by Alex Iantaffi & Meg-John Barker (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 288Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Alex Iantaffi & Meg-John BarkerLanguage: English About the Book This helpful guide presents ways we can all better understand gender, and how people can change and express their gender identity. Considering biological and cultural understandings of gender, gender expression, and relationships and sexuality, this is an excellent starting point for anybody thinking about what gender means to them. Book Synopsis 'For anyone who's ever wished they had a smart, kind, friend with whom they could calmly and safely discuss gender issues: this most excellent book is that kind of friend'. - Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw Have you ever questioned your own gender identity? Do you know somebody who is transgender or who identifies as non-binary? Do you ever feel confused when people talk about gender diversity? This down-to-earth guide is for anybody who wants to know more about gender, from its biology, history and sociology, to how it plays a role in our relationships and interactions with family, friends, partners and strangers. It looks at practical ways people can express their own gender, and will help you to understand people whose gender might be different from your own. With activities and points for reflection throughout, this book will help people of all genders engage with gender diversity and explore the ideas in the book in relation to their own lived experiences. Review Quotes How to Understand Your Gender is a thoughtful, intersectional, embodied invitation to reflect on gender. It has something to offer to readers at every stage of their gender journey, and is a valuable tool for educators and clinicians.--Zena Sharman, PhD, editor of The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care and Persistence: All Ways Butch and FemmeHow to Understand Your Gender is a practical entry level guidebook for people who wish to challenge gender binarism, and should contribute to binarism's ongoing evolution.--Jane Haile "New York Journal of Books "As a trans masculine person [...] I identified with so much, over and over again. Not only did this validate my own journey but it offered me access to the joys and difficulties of others and I felt less alone. This book will travel with me, it's not a one off read, but a guide I can dip in and out of whenever I feel the need.--Wenn Lawson, author of Transitioning TogetherFor anyone who's ever wished they had a smart, kind, friend with whom they could calmly and safely discuss gender issues: this most excellent book is that kind of friend.--Kate Bornstein, author of Gender OutlawIf you want to finally discard the narrow confines of gender and sexuality and explore the vast landscapes of gender and sexual imagination, this is your book!--Jayashree George, Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of ChicagoThe authors have made adequate time for Indigenous and Two Spirit identities and people. Talking about decolonizing the gender narrative in a way that traces back to the very roots of the first peoples in a place is something that is crucial in providing understanding, but is often ignored or overlooked. Hands down, I will recommend this book for anybody looking to learn more about gender and sexuality. It's an amazing resource for ALL, regardless of identity, experience or knowledge. I fell head over heels with this book, and I can't wait to shout it from the rooftops!--Katrina Werchouski, Director of Indigenous Cultures Center, Northland CollegeWherever you are on your gender adventure, this book will be helpful to you. Beyond the headlines, gender is a personal journey - and for anyone struggling to find their way, this is the compassionate, accessible manual the world has been waiting for.--Laurie Penny, journalist, activist and author of Unspeakable Things About the Author Alex Iantaffi is a licensed marriage and family therapist, supervisor, sex therapist, scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a parent and active community organizer. @xtaffi on TwitterMeg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. They are a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University. @megjohnbarker on Twitter.
Trans Power - by Juno Roche (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 256Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Juno RocheLanguage: English About the Book Radical and emotionally raw, this book pushes the boundaries of trans representation by redefining 'trans' as an identity with its own power and strength, that goes beyond the gender binary. Features intimate conversations with leading figures in the trans community, such as Kate Bornstein, Travis Alabanza, Josephine Jones and Glamrou. Book Synopsis SHORTLISTED FOR THE POLARI BOOK PRIZE 2020'Staggeringly visionary' - Attitude 'Essential reading' - Charlie Craggs 'Bold and ground-breaking' - Owl 'All those layers of expectation that are thrust upon us; boy, masculine, femme, transgender, sexual, woman, real, are such a weight to carry round. I feel transgressive. I feel hybrid. I feel trans.' In this radical and emotionally raw book, Juno Roche pushes the boundaries of trans representation by redefining 'trans' as an identity with its own power and strength, that goes beyond the gender binary. Through intimate conversations with leading and influential figures in the trans community, such as Kate Bornstein, Travis Alabanza, Josephine Jones, Glamrou and E-J Scott, this book highlights the diversity of trans identities and experiences with regard to love, bodies, sex, race and class, and urges trans people - and the world at large - to embrace a 'trans' identity as something that offers empowerment and autonomy. Powerfully written, and with humour and advice throughout, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of gender and how we identify ourselves. Review Quotes An inspiring, empowering book that is very real and staggeringly visionary. - Attitude--AttitudeTrans Power has a raw, unedited quality that makes you feel as if you're in the room for these discussions, and follows on from Queer Sex in Roche's search for answers around the author's own sense of sexual embodiment. Because of this framing, many of the conversations focus on genitals, sex, and the desirability of trans people in a very emotional and honest way, alongside critiques of the gender binary, patriarchy and structural barriers for trans people.At a time when trans people in the UK are so under attack politically, it felt really important that Trans Power provides the space for such nuanced conversations and the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of trans people in their own words. -;/p>--NetGalley reviewer "NetGalley reviewer "Another decent read from this author who's been there, done it and wears the t-shirt. Refreshing and interesting warts-and-all tale. What this book left me with is that trans voices do need to be heard, and that trans people need to be seen. I think that the UK is a live-and-let-live country for the most, based on the London I know, but these narrative, as well as Stonewall, tell me that it's getting harder to be trans and out in the UK. This book will make you think, will enlighten you, and will make you want to do what you can in support. - NetGalley reviewer--NetGalley reviewerAn absolute gem. Juno weaves her own powerful words into the words of other inspiration trans people and the result is exactly the title: trans power.--Fox Fisher, artist, film maker and trans campaignerIn Trans Power, Juno Roche shows us the space we already have to be ourselves. Juno Roche's trans superpower is generosity - from the very first pages, I felt a deep sense of kinship, of being welcomed into an intimate conversation about what it can mean to be trans. Trans Power is a respite, a compendium of maps to the new place, a portal for seekers and makers of liberation.--Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal GirlJuno's writing is brilliantly personal and honest and always funny. Here, as usual in her work, the thought and theory is led by feeling and is so much more powerful for it. Her interviewees are among the most important trans and nonbinary people in the world today. Trans power is not to be missed!--Amelia Abraham, author of Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ+ CultureTrans Power certainly lives up to its name: an empowering, bold and ground-breaking book that will embolden generations to come. Absolutely brilliant.--Owl, writer, film maker and trans campaignerTrans Power really captures the diversity of the trans experience- essential reading for people who want to gain a better understanding of trans people or for trans people trying to better understand themselves.--Charlie Craggs, activist and author of To My Trans SistersIn the beginning trans people described themselves in the terms coined by outside observers. The result was so often a fixed narrative about the quest to assimilate. In Juno's writing it feels as though trans has pupated and emerged, vibrant, beautiful in all our stunning diversity.--Christine Burns MBE, author and retired trans equality advocate About the Author Juno Roche is an internationally recognised trans writer and campaigner, and Founder of Trans Workers UK and the Trans Teachers Network. On the Independent's Rainbow List 2015 and 2016, she is a patron of cliniQ and received the 2015 NUT Blair Peach Award for her campaign 'Why Trans Teachers Matter'. She regularly contributes to publications including Diva, The Guardian and Vice and is the author of Queer Sex (Longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize).
Trans and Autistic - by Noah Adams & Bridget Liang (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 208Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: LGBT StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Jessica Kingsley PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Noah Adams & Bridget LiangLanguage: English About the Book The first book to foreground the voices and experiences of autistic trans people, this collection of interviews explores questions of identity and gender from a neurodiverse perspective and examines how this impacts family, work, healthcare and religion. Book Synopsis This ground-breaking book foregrounds the voices of autistic trans people as they speak candidly about how their autism and gender identity intersects and the impact this has on their life.Drawing upon a wealth of interviews with transgender people on the autism spectrum, the book explores experiences of coming out, with self-discovery, healthcare, family, work, religion and community support, to help dispel common misunderstandings around gender identity and autism, whilst allowing autistic trans people to see their own neurodiverse experiences reflected in these interviews.An incisive introduction clearly sets out up-to-date research and thinking, before each chapter draws together key findings from the interviews, along with advice and support for those providing support to autistic trans individuals. Both accessible and authoritative, Trans and Autistic is an essential publication for autistic trans people, their families, and professionals wanting to understand and support their clients better. Review Quotes Trans and Autistic offers trans autistic people an opportunity to read about their kin after years of reading books by and for cisgender and neurotypical people, while, simultaneously providing professionals and families the grounded understanding essential to meeting the needs of trans autistic people in their lives.--Finn Gratton, LMFT, Psychotherapist, Educator, author of Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and AdultsTrans and Autistic: Stories from Life at the Intersection opens with the disability community maxim "Nothing About Us Without Us"... and more than lives up to its promise. In these ten chapters, authors Noah Adams and Bridget Liang bring the reader into ten autistic trans worlds that span the ordinary and the extraordinary. Refusing to play the part of the spectacle, what Adams and Liang offer is deceptively simple - a set of vital voices rarely heard on their own terms.--Jake Pyne, Assistant Professor, York University School of Social Work About the Author Noah Adams is a transgender man on the autism spectrum. He is involved in a number of research projects on trans people with autism and has presented on this topic at academic and community conferences. He lives in Toronto, Canada.Bridget Liang is a mixed race, queer, transfeminine, neurodiverse, disabled, fat fangirl. They're a PhD candidate in the Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies Program at York University, a community researcher, workshop and group facilitator, performance artist, and fiction writer. They live in Toronto, Ontario.