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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Press (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615123074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615123073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No concerned parent, family member or friend can fail to be moved by these stories; an indispensible resource. -- James Green, past president of FTM, International

The variety of people -- deaf, Iranian, gay, straight, young, old, single, Christian, feminist -- present an extremely diversified range of experiences. -- Gary Bowen, Past Coordinator-in-Chief, American Boyz

Trans Forming Families is one of the most pro-family books I've ever read... -- Phyllis Frye, trans attorney, past Ed of the international Conference on Transgender Law and Employment

From the Publisher

The first edition sold out and, due to public demand, this second edition has ben made availble.

More About the Author

Roxie Howard, a child of the Cold War, grew up both inside the United States and overseas. Against substantial odds, and to the surprise of some, Roxie blossomed into an awesome lady. Roxie's husband died of cancer in July of 2008 and Roxie faced the triple challenge of empty nest, depression and grieving. Some saw Roxie as an angel while others believed she was possessed by the devil. No matter how one feels about this imperfect delight, one thing is very clear: Rather than accept a destiny based upon accident of birth, Roxie lived her destiny based upon deep conviction. Her writing is as delightful and imperfect as her life. Roxie is also one of forty (40) authors of the 2nd Edition of Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About Transgendered Loved Ones, and a 3rd Edition was published in February, 2008. Roxie is also the Author of The Brain God Gave Me, published in 2008. The Brain God Gave Me is available in Kindle and paperback.

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I found this book very sensitive and helpfull.
Dr. S. G. Longden
At the time, she was just finishing TransForming Families and gave me a copy to read.
"little_houseboy"
This book was an excellent support for a parent and love ones.
richelle sheehan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Star Straf on July 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I might be cheating in writing a review since I have an essay in this volume, but I would have bought a copy even if my essay was rejected. This is a collection of stories from various people that have transgendered folks in their lives. From parents, kids, spouses and so on, and how their journey to acceptance happened. This is a great book for someone to read that has recently found out that someone in their life is transgendered. To realize that others have felt the same way, had the same concerns.
Handy to have on the bookshelf if you are in the process of coming out and someone wants something to read to give them more information.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on January 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I believe being born transgendered is not a lifestyle choice, but probably coded in DNA somewhere. This book factually and carefully outlines the facts of life for transgendered people and their loved ones. These short stories will take the reader through a multitude of emotions, but end at one great and comforting thought...the issues can be dealt with and the transgendered themselves, as well as family and friends can come through this with grace. I ordered my copy through PFLAG T-Net and the author herself, sent me a personal note. I am a Christian, but a welcoming Christian who believes that all humans were made in His image. Because we are lucky enough to have come after Jesus Christ AND live at a time of modern medicine, the condition of being transgendered can be treated medically. While I am not transgendered myself, I have a loved one who I think is. I plan on keeping this book in my library and give it to that person when and if the time is right. A must have for anyone who is, cares about a trans person or who is curious about trangenderism.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Nutini on April 27, 2003
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This is a wonderful book for anyone who is trying to explain transgender to a family member, friend, or child. The stories in this book vary from one end of the gender continuum to the next. There are works from all different aged people. Some sections have been added from the original including work from trans people themselves as well as clinicians. If you are comming out to your loved ones anytime soon then this is the book to give them. It's a simple, quick read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "webmaster@ftminfo.net" on April 18, 2001
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This has to be one of the most powerful books I have ever read on how families deal with a Transgendered child. I cried, I yelled, and I recieved hope that some day, some where, people will understand.
This is a must for families and loved ones.
THANK YOU, Mary!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "little_houseboy" on September 19, 2001
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A few years ago, after starting to realize that I am a FtM transsexual, I met Mary Boenke (the author). She told me about her son, also an FtM, and welcomed me into her home. At the time, she was just finishing TransForming Families and gave me a copy to read.
Wow, what a great book! Not even so much for me, because I'm secure in who I am, but for my parents. It lets them know that they are not alone, and that being transgendered is not the stuff of Jerry Springer but of life and love instead. If you're trans, get this book. If you know someone trans, get this book. If you just want to understand what being trans is REALLY all about, get this book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richelle sheehan on January 30, 2014
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This book was an excellent support for a parent and love ones. It helps promote understanding and normalizes feeling you as a loved one may have. Moved me to tears 4 different times :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aidan on January 5, 2014
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There's a reason you're here, looking at this product, and this review - right now. If you're here, and debating on buying this, do it. Whether you're looking for yourself, or someone else, this book is beyond worth it. Not just for those going through or dealing directly with someone going through the process of transitioning, but even just those who are curious about it and want to learn more. This is a great book. For you, for a friend, for therapists, teachers, coworkers, lovers - the list goes on and on. You cannot go wrong with this.

It's a great read, the flow is natural and consistently interesting, I could not put it down. I'm an FtM transgender and my family is not doing so well with my transition process. I bought this book because I was interested to see if it was worth giving to my parents to help them, and I loved it. The stories are short enough that you can just read one or two at a time if you're pressed for time, or on the train, but powerful enough that you won't be able to stop thinking about them after you're done. Meaningful, from the heart, and straight forward.

There are only two words that keep going through my mind - WORTH IT.
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