Trans Voices – Becoming Who You Are


Trans Voices contains interviews from over one hundred transgender and non-binary people, highlighting the diverse experiences and challenges they face before, during and after transition. This comprehensive book explores a range of topics such as hormone treatments, reassignment surgeries, sex and sexuality, mental health and transphobia whilst detailing the social, physical and emotional struggles involved.

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An extract from Trans Voices - Becoming Who You Are

I decided to write this book because I was ashamed of how little I knew about transgender people. There is still a general lack of knowledge about transgender people and the issues they face on a day-to-day basis. In most Western countries, tolerance of gays and lesbians is greater than transgender people, who are still vilified and far more likely to be ostracised at work, beaten-up, or in some countries even murdered. It is therefore reasonable to question if transgender people are the last group in society that can be ridiculed and judged without any apparent consequence.

How can society change its attitudes towards transgender people? True equality isn’t just about tolerance because to imply that people simply ought to be tolerant towards transgender people would mean that there is something wrong with them that needs temperance. What transgender people need is a broadminded and empathetic attitude but this can’t be achieved without understanding transgenderism and dispelling the myths and fears about it, hence this was another reason for me writing about the subject.

This book takes the reader on a journey that shows them the rich landscape of transgender people – what it’s truly like to be transgender in today’s world – and how the walls of suppression and secretiveness around transgenderism is increasingly and steadily being torn down. It is my hope that after you have finished reading this book, that you will have a greater understanding of transgender people and that irrespective of whether you are part of the LGBT community or not – that you too are willing to be their ally - and embrace their equality on the same level as you value your own. Equality for transgender people can only be achieved when ignorance is challenged and stripped away.

3 reviews for Trans Voices – Becoming Who You Are

  1. Leah

    Totally a must-read for anyone needing or wanting to understand the transgender experience in current society, Made up of commentary along with contributors from ordinary people instead of “trans stars”. Read it and learn.

  2. Barney

    This book was recommended to me as part of my academic studies. Would strongly recommend for those with an interest in LGBTQ issues.

  3. Tina Wetherall-Pegley

    This is a fabulous introduction to the topic of transgender identity and gender fluidity. The inclusion of interview excerpts really brings the subject to life and elicits compassion and a desire to understand more from the reader. I am a practitioner and researcher in this field and train staff who work with transgender service users. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve recommended this book as an accessible and enlightening resource.

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As a writer, I try to incorporate both sides of humanity into my writing, having learned that life is far from grim and that there is enough kindness, compassion, love and humour to overcome life’s obstacles, regardless of how much misery, abuse, or injustice exists.
Written by Declan Henry


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