Trans Bodies, Trans Selves – A Resource for the Transgender Community, Edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA Over a year ago, I heard of a project to write a comprehensive resource guide for the trans* community based on a ground-breaking book from 1971, Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBOS), By the Women’s Health Book Collective, a book by and for women. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (TBTS) follows in the footsteps of OBOS in that it is for trans* people by trans* people. I received my copy a few months ago and it is the only book I keep on my desk.
A Resource for Us When I began my journey and I was reading everything I could lay my hands upon, I wanted a book like this. I would think of a question and then wanted to find an answer or an article or talk to someone. The Internet was hit and miss back then and I couldn’t find very much concise information. I was also still deep in the closet, so having a support group of people I trusted hadn’t developed then. On-line information is much better now, but I still cherish my books and keep a small, but important library in my den. If I’m researching an article, get asked a question from a reader, friend or acquaintance, or just want an answer for myself, my library is where I start.
Anecdotal Information In my early discovery days, when I was in deep-stealth mode, I wanted so very badly to talk to others to find out if they were thinking, feeling, fearing and longing for the same things I was. Did they lie awake at night agonizing about being in the prison the wrong gender had placed us? A book like TBTS, with its huge number of trans-written, trans-answered questions would have been a lifeline and the voices I needed to hear back then and still need to hear today.
A Fitting Legacy As a recently-wed husband in the 1970’s, I remember seeing Our Bodies, Ourselves and reading it with interest and delight. Here in 2015, and beyond, OBOS continues to bring it’s vital information and messages to new generations of women. Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is serving in the same way the trans* community of which I’m proud to be a member and the book will aid the generations to come. I know it will be indispensable to trans* people everywhere.
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves – A Resource for the Transgender Community I urge everyone who reads this to get a copy, assist the organization, donate a copy of the book and share all that you find. Here is the information where you can read about the project, buy the book and assist the organization.
The book: Trans Bodies, Trans Selves – A Resource for the Transgender Community, Edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA Oxford University Press 2014 ISBN 978-0-19-932535-1 (paperback)
The website: http://transbodies.com/
The organization: Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to education and empowerment of transgender communities. The major goal of the organization is to provide free copies of the book to organizations and individuals who would not otherwise be able to obtain it. We gladly accept donations. Make a donation by credit card or contact email@example.com to send a check.
The cost: $39.95 plus shipping and handling
Availability: Books can be purchased from the website, directly from the publisher,
independent bookstores and www.amazon.com in paperback or a Kindle edition