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Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community Paperback – June 10, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0199325351 ISBN-10: 0199325359 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199325359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199325351
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] groundbreaking title" --Publisher's Weekly"As 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 Press"I 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 Louisville"Trans 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.,

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.

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Very informative and easy to read.
Paul Gross
Covers a wide range of topics surrounding transgender - great resource for both parents and anyone experiencing transgender.
Molly T. Yoder
Have the book, and now so happy the Kindle edition has now become available, too.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Long on June 3, 2014
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Just received my pre-order copy today and so far has exceeded my expectation tremendously! Jennifer Boylan's preface is both articulate and moving. This book is a bible of the transgender experience. It covers health, biology, psychology, history and politics and includes hundreds of voices of both professional and laypersons and many cultures that encompass the transgender experience. I am a physician who cares for transgender patients and Mom of a beautiful transgender daughter. I would recommend this book as a reference for any person is trans or who has an interest in trans issues for any reason. It should be in all health, psychology and sociology libraries. Frankly, I so wish this book had been published many years ago when my own daughter came out to me. It is a book whose time has come and is a powerful voice for this amazing community. Thank you Laura Erickson-Schroth for this resource!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David N. Parker VINE VOICE on June 30, 2014
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This excellent resource could easily have been multiple books. It is the most comprehensive, in depth look at transgender people’s experience I have seen in my 10+ years as a Trans* ally and activist.

The 100+ page first section could stand by itself as a valuable insight into Trans* experience. It showed me how my cultural background, research, and advocacy within a small segment of the Trans* community was woefully inadequate to understand the full spectrum of their experiences. Every person’s experience is unique to them; similarly, there is no one “standard” way to live or be Trans*. This first section – Who we Are” – introduces us to the racial, ethnic, religious, and societal influences that interact with each person’s Trans* life and identity.

Section 2 – Living as Ourselves - forms a logical transition into the remainder of the book. The remaining major sections - Health and Wellness, Relationships and Families, Life Stages, and Claiming our power – flesh out virtually everything a transgender person may experience. The entire book is narrated in the first person by the editor. Direct quotes from survey respondents are interspersed with personal stories by various leaders in the struggle for recognition and acceptance. Segments on medical, health, legal, and social issues provide a general summary of these concerns; readers are referred to experts in their fields for additional situation-specific help.

Sidebar notes list a multitude of references and resources dealing with the subject of adjacent paragraphs, some of which were new to me. Annotated references to books and other resources are appended to each chapter, while a lengthy list of contributors is appended following the last section.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beth Mitchell on June 5, 2014
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While this is an invaluable resource for those who are transgender or gender non-conforming, it is also wonderful for trans allies to get complete view of what it means to be transgender, and to learn how to offer support and advocate.

The preface ends with "After 40 years, this is still the most important message I can send. Please share this book with others." I agree wholeheartedly.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Harms on June 1, 2014
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So much of what is in the sanctioned literature on trans* is written by cisgender folk. This is not that, and is wonderful. I think it will become a seminal work that is referenced far and wide.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Terence G. Morgan on June 9, 2014
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This is a must read for those who are transgender, questioning, loved-ones and professionals. I bought 5 copies and am giving them out to support groups and libraries (and one for myself.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gross on July 19, 2014
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I predict this book will become a text book in colleges across the country for LGBT studies. Very informative and easy to read. A must-have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CJ on August 20, 2014
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Invaluable Compendium of information. Finally the transgender tipping point has been reached! Items like this were not to be found 35 years ago. Now, both trans and non trans people have an excellent resource for information on transition, its implications and how best to achieve the desired goal of "being at one" with yourself. True it can be a bit choppy but I think in order to "catch all" since it seems to try to include everyone. Over all its a MOUNTAIN of information. May I suggest, Letters For My Sisters with a delightful forward by Lynn Conway. Have you ever felt yourself to be other than what your body is? Can can be a living hell. This book will help free you from that prison!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gadgetman49 on July 20, 2014
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With all of the books on Transgenders, this easily stands out as THE reference to read! Have the book, and now so happy the Kindle edition has now become available, too. I have not had enough time to get through much of it yet - the only problem with the book is its size. Not easy to have with me when I can take 15-30 minutes to read more of it (thus, the Kindle edition will quickly become my favorite version). I'm just ecstatic this has been released - truly destined to be a huge step in helping advocates like myself as well as Trans individuals looking for information.
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