- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Crown Archetype (March 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1524761478
- ISBN-13: 978-1524761479
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.5 inches
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"Sarah McBride's memoir is a must-read, offering encouragement while showing that the fight for equality is just getting started."
"In a world where the most vitriolic voices often sound the loudest, McBride's story reveals that most people are not prone to hate."
—THE WASHINGTON POST
"Whatever the idea of a memoir from a still fresh-faced adult might connote, McBride subverts it: The past few years of her life contain more human experience than many lifetimes... The tumult of these years -- the affirming highs and the devastating lows -- are chronicled in her vital and powerful new memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different."
—SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Sarah McBride is a force to be reckoned with... And now, McBride is detailing her history-making journey in her new memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different."
"Tomorrow Will Be Different is at once a memoir, a roadmap to liberation, and a love letter to anyone feeling the faint flicker of doubt as the fight for equality goes on."
"From the beginning, McBride has been breaking barriers in politics, and in her memoir... she steps into the fullness of who she is. Tomorrow Will Be Different is absolutely phenomenal."
"One of the most prominent transgender activists of her time, McBride interweaves thoughtful analysis of contemporary political issues, such as bathroom access and trans health care, into her own triumphant journey."
“Sarah McBride's powerful memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different, is a brave and moving story that will inspire and galvanize readers to join the urgent fight for LGBTQ rights. The energy and vigor Sarah has brought to the fight for equality is ever present in this book and she starkly defines what is at stake, and how we can do better to advocate on behalf of all people.”
—SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS
“Tomorrow Will Be Different is a life-changing book. With equal measures revolutionary fervor and down-to-earth kindness, Sarah McBride tells the story of coming out as trans and of the terrain, both personal and political, for transgender people and those who love us. Urgent, gentle, and fierce, Sarah McBride makes me believe that the future will not only be different, but glorious—not just for LGBTQ people, but for everyone.”
—JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN, New York Times bestselling author of Long Black Veil and She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
“Tomorrow Will Be Different is a book about falling in love, being true to yourself, and creating change. Sarah's journey is as relatable as it is inspiring -- a powerful, compelling story, beautifully told by a fearless activist who has only just begun to make her mark on the world.”
—CECILE RICHARDS, New York Times bestselling author of Make Trouble and former president of Planned Parenthood
“Sarah McBride, an inspiring political leader and one of the nation's most visible and tireless advocates for equality, has already broken barriers and made history. Mixing tragic heartache with unending hope, Tomorrow Will Be Different promises to be a seminal book at a critical moment for both the LGBTQ community and our country.”
—CHAD GRIFFIN, president of the Human Rights Campaign
“Part autobiography, part advocacy, [Tomorrow Will Be Different] succeeds beautifully on both counts… Highly readable and beautifully written, [McBride’s] is an inarguably important book that deserves the widest possible readership.”
"A brave transgender woman experiences both triumph and tragedy in this memoir of transitioning and so much more... Throughout, the author ably balances great accomplishments and strong emotions. Reading McBride's inspiring story will make it harder to ostracize or demonize others with similar stories to share."
—KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred)
"In her first book, activist McBride shows self-awareness and purpose... All readers will find this book enlightening."
—LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred)
“McBride’s intimate story of fighting for social justice in the midst of heartbreak will resonate with many readers.”
About the Author
Sarah McBride is the national press secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, working tirelessly to advocate for LGBTQ equality. She has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker, and she speaks regularly at national LGBTQ and political events. A native of Delaware, McBride is on the front lines of the progressive movement.
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Oh, and Sarah McBride restored my faith in politicians and renewed my hope that some politicians are truly working to make the world a better place for all people. Thank you for that, Sarah McBride. I am impressed at all she has done. I think the politicians she has worked with have been made into better people because of her.
She's not even in her 30s yet and she's already made history. During Hilary Clinton's campaign she was the first trans person to speak at a major party convention and was the first out trans woman to intern during the Obama administration. She currently works as the national press secretary at the Human Rights Campaign and has been in many publications and is a popular speaker on trans rights. (You can see her TED talk and Clinton speech on YouTube.)
Tomorrow Will Be Different is really three books in one, and two of them are the books you'd expect. First, there's the traditional coming-out memoir, in which Sarah discusses feeling uncomfortable in her birth gender, telling her parents she's really a girl, coming out to her school in college via a Facebook post, and finally getting surgery, a decision that's not for every trans person, but one that helped her feel comfortable in her body. Her parents had a gay son already, but they do not handle this second coming-out well. I think that's an important thing to highlight. There's this misconception that it's easy for modern queer folks to come out, due to increased rights for LGBTQs, and it isn't, and apparently, not even if the person has a queer sibling.
The second "book" is a political memoir. As a child, Sarah was obsessed with politics and as an intern at the White House, she was given more responsibility than a traditional intern might be: Her efforts drove the passing of a trans equality bill in Delaware, her hometown.
The third "book" is about her soul mate, Andy. Like her, he's trans and passionate about LGBTQ issues. He's also smart, cute, charmismatic and intelligent, the perfect boyfriend. Sadly, he gets diagnosed with cancer. At first, it seems like he will beat it, but then it spreads and becomes terminal, and Sarah is thrust into the emotionally overwhelming role of caretaker. Andy's battle is heartbreaking to read about and you should have some tissues by your side before you attempt it. The book's ending, where Sarah speaks during the 2016 convention, is also bittersweet and beautiful.
Sarah is a great writer, and she makes some excellent points throughout this book, so much so that I found myself frequently folding down pages to remember passages later.
A few examples:
After she comes out to her parents she remarks that she's shocked that they are asking her if she "wants" to be a girl. It's not about wanting anything, she says. It's about who she is.
I've always known there was a high suicide rate among queer people, and especially trans folks, but I did not know it's as much as 41%, as McBride points out. Add to that the amount who are murdered -- especially trans women of color -- and it's just staggering. If this was happening to any other population a lot of people would be doing a lot more.
She points out that in addition to dealing with transphobic individuals, she has to take on the misogyny and sexism that cis woman have to handle. This is not something I've ever thought about. McBride gave up a lot of privileges when she transitioned, which is ridiculous, that our society assigns privileges to those based on such random aspects as birth gender (not to mention race, finances, etc.) "The mundane decisions that I never had to think about when I would wake up before I came out -- the clothes I'd wear, the route I'd take, and all of the other tiny decisions one makes just merely going about their day -- now became central to avoiding a thousand judgments, or worse, violence," she writes, and yet she also acknowledges her privledge of being white and being the daughter of parents who were not going to kick her out for coming out to them.
McBride speaks also on how being attracted to a trans person does not "make" a person gay, and how she had to find a "sweet spot" of femininity that worked well for her. Not every trans woman wants to wear makeup or dress in dresses. Trans women are wpmen and like cis women, they make their own definition of femininity. I think Caitlyn Jenner is a perfect example of that. Ultimately, McBride's point in her activism is that trans people are just like you and me. They want all the things you want and should have all the same rights. As McBride describes the fight for trans folks to use the bathroom consistent with their gender, you just have to think, "One day we will look back on this, and be flabbergasted at how we acted towards trans people."
What costs this book a star is the fact that it's three books in one. All of them are great books but they should not all be in the same book. The story of Andy feels like an almost totally different book than Sarah's emergence as a national political figure and activist. I would have liked to have seen more about Sarah's childhood and a little less dry political writing in this book, and then a separate book all about Andy.
Still, this is a great book to get a primer about trans issues and trans politics, and as an introduction to the impressive Sarah McBride. I am convinced Sarah is destined for a career in politics, and even though we have Trump in office right now, the year's victory for Danica Roem convinces me we will see more trans people in politics very soon. It's time.
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