Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings Crown Books for Young Readers. 272 pages, $17.99 AS a sort of spokesperson for the younger generation of transgender individuals, Jazz Jennings has plenty of experience. The teenager has her own reality show; she’s co-written a picture book for small children; and she’s […]
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Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques Verso. 320 pages, $26.95 JULIET JACQUES’S Trans: A Memoir begins where most transition stories do—on the eve of her sexual reassignment surgery, the supposed start of a new life and the denouement to a journey from male to female. “I suddenly feel very differently about my forthcoming […]
Last December, Leelah Alcorn, a seventeen-year-old transgender girl, committed suicide by walking in front of a tractor-trailer in Ohio. Before her death, she blogged that she would rather die than be forced to continue “conversion therapy.” Her suicide moved hundreds of thousands of people to sign on-line petitions against conversion therapy, also known as […]
U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender HistoryEdited by Leila J. Rupp and Susan K. FreemanUniversity of Wisconsin Press. 383 pages, $29.95 The times, they have a-changed. In 2009, the California state legislature passed SB48, the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Responsible) Education Act, mandating the inclusion of LGBT history and culture into high school […]
The reunion would also prove a personal moment of truth. At 68, Walters would not be returning to his alma mater as Robert but rather as Robyn Marie Walters, a transsexual woman.
SCOTTI HOUSE, the heroine of Vin Packer’s new novel, is a male-to-female (MTF) transsexual, a pre-op whose metamorphosis is fraught with difficulty. In another life she’d earned a PhD from Princeton and worked as a writer and teacher.