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#FoylesFave: Trans Like Me

13th June 2017 - Jay Moran

 

 

#FoylesFave: Trans Like Me

Jay from our Birmingham branch talks about his very personal journey. 

 

Trans Like MeWhen I first came out as transgender I didn't know of any books like this, that echoed fragments of my own story and informed me of the journey to come. The first book related to trans issues that I read was Trans: A Memoir by the brilliant Juliet Jacques. But for the most part, it was Jacques' own personal story, and didn't really cover every aspect of trans experience navigating the world today as well as in previous years. This is where Lester comes in. Discussing the media, personal experiences, representation as well as a plethora of other topics, Lester presents the trans community in an open, straightforward manner that is welcoming to every reader, whether they identify as trans or are reading to inform themselves.

 

I cannot stress the importance of a book like this enough to provide hope in a society where the media is so influential and available to people of all ages, and the internet is rarely a forgiving/tolerant place. It's overwhelming sometimes no matter how thick our skin may be. Trans Like Me is a firm reminder to me that this experience I'm going through is shared; that my frustrations, my hurt, my isolation is felt by others. Of course everyone's circumstances are different i.e. class, race, our specific identities, and every single one of them is valid. No matter how we identify, we are valid, we matter, and we have every right to be. This is vital for everyone to know, to counter the predominant message that we do not.

 

 

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