Academic literature about trans people is often written by folks who don’t have the lived experience, so I’m usually skeptical when something new lands on my desk. There are times I’ll need to close a book, take a Tylenol and go for a walk. Reading Trans Bodies, Trans Selves was different.
The first thing going for this book, edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth and introduced by Jennifer Finney Boylan, is that it was carefully crafted by people who are already powerful voices within the trans community. The voices of the contributions come from nearly every corner of the world.
As a trans person, educator and advocate for trans rights, I can say that this guide is informative, up to date and a necessary tool for healthcare providers, current and future.
Laura Erickson-Schroth, editor of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves
The 649-page guide is comprehensive and shows great competency on important issues, including everything from hormones, surgery and identity to sex, relationships and addictions. It’s a wonderful and long overdue addition to the field of social sciences, law and medicine, considering the lack of knowledge and education on trans issues in academic institutions. This textbook is an open gate through which a new generation of physicians, social workers, psychologists, sociologists and other health service providers can become sensitive to the unique issues transpeople face.
As a trans person, educator and advocate for trans rights, I can say that this guide is informative, up to date and a necessary tool for healthcare providers, current and future. This guide also covers often neglected subjects, such as end of life, assisted living, disability and seniors. It also has a rich section on the arts and how trans people have expressed historical and current issues through literature, acting, music and comedy, to name a few mediums.
Most of all, this guide is written in a warm, compassionate way, straying from the academic norm. Though lengthy, it isn’t a difficult read. It remains interesting, thought-provoking and is easy to understand. The guide is available in print and also on Kindle through Amazon. You can order the book directly from the website at www. transbodies.com, or through the Oxford University Press.
– Ryan Jarman is a Winnipeg-born-and-raised, Vancouver-based freelance writer.