Growing Up Trans
In Our Own Words
by editors Dr. Lindsay Herriot & Kate Fry
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 17 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 17 Aug 2021
What does it mean to be young and transgender today? Growing Up Trans shares stories, essays, art and poetry created by trans youth aged 11 to 18. In their own words, the works illustrate the trans experience through childhood, family and daily life, school, their bodies and mental health. Together the collection is a story of the challenges, big and small, of being a young trans person. At the same time, it’s a toolkit for all young people, transgender or not, about what understanding, acceptance and support for the trans community looks like. In addition to the contributed works, there are questions and tips from experts in the field of transgender studies to challenge the reader on how to be a trans ally.
Growing Up Trans came out of a series of workshops held in Victoria, British Columbia, to bring together trans youth from across the country with mentors in the community.
A Note From the Publisher
“This book is exactly what the world needs right now. We’ve heard from doctors, we’ve heard from parents, we’ve heard from teachers. It’s time we hand over the mic to trans kids themselves. And this book does that so beautifully. It’s a tome full of inspiring resilience and determination. It’s a perfect ‘it gets better’ collection.”—Justin Tindall, MPH, It Gets Better Project
“It is so incredibly important that trans youth tell their own stories and are able to see themselves reflected—this book is an absolutely gorgeous and inspiring example of just how resilient and beautiful our young people are. Our young people are the future, and it's certainly looking bright.”—Fox and Owl, My Genderation
“Growing Up Trans reshapes the stories we believe to be true by sharing the stories we live to tell.”—Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER)
“This is a one-of-a-kind resource for Trans youth and their communities. Written for, with and about the experience of trans youth and adolescence, the texts gathered here highlight the struggle of learning to live at odds with gender norms. Buy one for your kids, keep one for yourself. Lend it out, share its wisdom, hold it close.”—Jack Halberstam, author of Trans*
"A truly innovative, inclusive, and thoughtful resource...Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words is not only important; it is essential.”—CM Reviews
"A good recommendation for cisgender adults wishing to understand the experiences of trans youth...A valuable window in the world of trans young people.”—Kirkus Reviews