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Jun. 21st, 2011 @ 08:52 am Reaching Out to TG Teens
I am not transgender. I am not seventeen. I am not a fourteen-year-old boy. I am not any of my characters from piles of manuscripts, but I wrote a book to make a difference. I chose to tell the story of a friend who struggled with gender identity before there were support groups and celebrities with books about transitioning, online photos of transformations, or global chats with other TG teens.

So this past weekend when my FTM (female to male) friend asked what books he could recommend to a transitioning 12-year-old FTM, I offered the following:

True Selves by Mildred Brown, a scientific and psychological look at the various stages of gender transformation.

True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism--For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals

 

Luna by Julie Anne Peters, the story of a teenage brother who begins to transition as a girl.
Luna

My friend suggests The Testosterone Files by Max Wolf Valerio, but warns that the content is more adult than teen.

The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male

And of course mad props to Chaz Bono for sharing his story.

Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man

I also suggest websites like the ACLU.org, which helps inform TG teens of their rights (click on the LGBT rights link). Additionally, GLAD.org offers a plethora of TG lawsuits, news, and rights. And always, local support groups at community centers and colleges help create conversations and friendships. Lee Wind also offers the latest LGBT books online, this week's feature, a TG teen in a post-apocalyptic setting. Find Lee at "I'm Here. I'm Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?"

No one chooses to be born in the wrong skin--wrapped in layers of a gender they don't identify with. And I'm glad to see an expansion of resources for teens in transition. I only wish I could offer my book In Her Skin, the result of decades of watching my friend struggle in the wrong body. But as many of you know, that's the risk we take as writers in line for traditional publication, investing hearts and years, waiting for the call.
 



Below you can make fun of me or agree with me...you choose.
From:leewindauthor
Date:June 21st, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)

thanks!

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Hi Trina,
thanks for the shout out, and I do love how you put it: "wrapped in layers of a gender they don't identify with." Glad to know about these additional books and resources. Oh, and my best advice for what to do while you're waiting for 'the call'? Write every day and work on the next book, because THAT you control!
Namaste,
Lee
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From:trinasotira
Date:June 21st, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)

Re: thanks!

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Thanks, Lee! I love how you mention the waiting game with reference to control. Crafting story is sometimes all we are in control of. And even then our characters might take us on an un-projected route. Thanks for all of your hard work! All the best, Trina