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An UnSpoken Compromise Paperback – October 1, 2013
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"A searing memoir."
"Dr. Timane brings up thought-provoking points and consistently finds ways to raise the self-esteem and value of anyone reading....something that usually takes us at least two dirty martinis."
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"The LGBT community will find areas to identify with in this telling of the discrimination and rejection Rizi experienced both as a lesbian and now as a transgendered male...Gives a better understanding and through this understanding leads to more compassion for those who struggle with gender dysphoria.
-- Arlene Tippy, LCSW.
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As a Christian, reading this book is challenging. I have always been one to point out the flaws of humanity when practicing their faith (Crusades, anyone?), and although I do not know if I agree entirely with his interpretation of Scripture I love hearing interpretations other than my own. I also appreciate honest debate, and particularly that Rizi takes his own medicine, so to speak. Rather than condemning all Christians for their beliefs about homosexuality or transgender issues, he points out that if he preaches that we must accept everyone and allow them grace to believe what they want to believe, that also translates to those who disagree with the very core of his beliefs. I run into a lot of very tolerant people who instantly become the most intolerant tolerant people you have ever met if you disagree with them, and he strikes me as not one of those people. Fascinating read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in exploring the intersection of faith with LGBT issues.
The book addresses stereotypes and the misconceptions people can have about homosexuals or transgendered people due to social and religious teachings. One of the saddest parts of the book was when Rizi revealed that his mother, after many years of berating and abuse, accused him of sexually abusing a child. Even when many religions teach that many things out of the norm are not godly, Rizi has continued to follow his religious teachings, using them to pull himself out of dark times. I thought An Unspoken Compromise was very interesting and uplifting, well worth a read. Hopefully the book could even give courage to people who are going through similar problems with their identity and getting other people to accept them for who they are.
From this, I felt like the author spent a lot of time trying to convince me, and himself that he was right...when I just wanted to know his truth, be enlightened, and enjoy the damn story lol. I understood his biblical path but he just spent way too much time getting back at his mom by trying to find any loophole to make her look bad.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to see the world through the eyes of a transgender person. We who are "straight" have much to learn from our brothers and sisters who are LGBTQ.