Friday, January 15, 2010

Living the 'T' with Transgender Teens

Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers is in many ways most human book I have ever read. Cris Beam narrates her experiences with transgender teens in California’s Los Angeles with wit, compassion, and incredible amounts of strength and humanity. Discrimination, back-alley surgeries, hard drugs, prostitution, homelessness – Beam describes how the teens she knew faced each of these problems and so many more as they searched for love, stability, and acceptance in a world where ‘transgender’ is nothing if not stigmatized. 

Kate Bornstein, author of Hello, Cruel World, aptly notes: “These kids are most usually know about rather than known. But Cris Beam knows them.” 

And each girl – Foxx, Cristina, Dominique, and the others – is certainly worth knowing. Take the time to read this book – it will definitely get you thinking, and not just about society’s definitions of gender.

Read it.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this sounds like an amazing book to read. I will put it on my summer list!