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Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not Paperback – September 30, 2009
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These essays started off as columns in The Advocate, the leading American gay magazine. I specifically say "gay" magazine, because this is not a publication one might call "trans-friendly," let alone "trans-supportive." But that changed somewhat when Joanne was invited to do a series of columns on basic issues of transgender life and culture, what is often called a primer or "Trans 101." Unfortunately for the gay readership, Joanne was eventually relegated to the online version, but fortunately for us she has collected all her essays and written a few more to round out the volume.
I make it a point to attend PFLAG counseling sessions once a month, to give back for those who blazed a path for me. Speaking with parents of transitioning children often leaves me yearning for such a primer, written in an elegant yet clear prose, one which is not dumbed down but engages people on a mature level. This is necessary, as transition is the most difficult and confusing experience, not only for the trans person, but for families as well.
We often slight those who transition along with us - spouse, parents, children, neighbors and friends, colleagues - which is very unfortunate and needs to be rectified. Joanne's book goes a very long way to correcting that lack, and I thank her for it.
Dr. Sandra Samons
Therapist Specializing in Transgender
For the parent of a transgender child - of any age - one of the most difficult aspects of learning their child is transgender is coming out to their families, coworkers, fellow parishones, and friends. Ms. Herman's book will be a great asset to these parents, as well as an excellent introduction to the subject for those who read it. If you are such a parent, buy several copies to hand out to your questioing friends.