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.
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.