Unravelling the complex intersections of FTM gender transitions, lesbianism and feminism... Identities. Gender concerns. Misogyny. Objectification. Politics. Patriarchy. Discrimination. Rejection. Losses. Gains. Emotions. "ABOUT THIS BOOK" Part One explores the deeper meanings, definitions and embodiments of gender, sexuality, and identity, including the social and personal politics of each. Part Two contains the stories and experiences of individuals who welcome this opportunity to share their lives in order to facilitate understanding, acceptance and education. This book shares stories of those individuals who came from the lesbian community and how they arrived at the place they are now in their identities. There are also stories from those who were not a part of the lesbian community but adhered to a strong feminist perspective, having to overcome reservations of moving from a gender associated with oppression to one associated with privilege. These stories encompass a variety of experiences with exploring gender, sexuality, and identity. This book is not intended to portray the experience of all female-to-male individuals, nor is it in any way saying that transmasculine people are lesbian, but rather it is to fill a void in literature for a particular group of men in the trans community. "WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING" .... a provocative and important exploration of trans men's experiences and identities... - Masen Davis, co-director of Global Action for Trans Equality .... a valuable work to the literature of genderqueer and transgender theory.... an unexamined need for many female-to-male trans individuals to continue to honor a past connection to the lesbian community.... controversial and complex, stretching the relatively new field of trans-scholarship in important ways. - Patrick Califia, author of Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism .... part anthology, part memoir, part Trans 101, part academic exploration of masculine identities attached to bodies assigned female at birth.... a trans masculine feminist perspective to reflecti?ve questions about gender and sexuality and accepts what others might find incongruent, including that trans men have herstories to embrace.?- Jacob Anderson-Minshall, co-author Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders .... offers an important glimpse into the lives of trans masculine people as they explore their identity in a manner that brings to the fore the stark reality of what is means to live in one's truth. - lore m. dickey, PhD., Assistant Professor and Training Director, Northern Arizona University "ABOUT THE AUTHOR" Michael Eric Brown is the Founder and Executive Director of TransMentors International, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting transgender men, women and youth in their day-to-day lives. He is known for his contributions both on and offline, especially in the realm of social justice and gender concerns. A student who is interested in how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others, Michael is working his way towards a PhD in Social Psychology in order to both educate society and provide research on the lives of transgender individuals. As a professional freelance writer, he writes on a variety of subjects and engages his readers with his unique writing style.
Sexuality, religion and faith often have complex and conflicting interactions, on both personal and societal levels. Numerous studies have been conducted on queer subjects, but they have predominantly focused on ‘Western’ expressions of faith and queer identities. This book contributes to the wider scholarship on queer subjects by drawing on actual lived experiences of self-identifying gay and bisexual men in Malaysia. It discusses what we can learn from the realities of their lives that intersect with their religious, spiritual, theological or humanistic values in an Asian context. Analysed within the critical frameworks of queer theory and queer sexual theology, this study divulges the meanings ascribed to sexual identities and practices, as well as conceptualisations of masculinity, sexual desire, love and intimate physical connections. It also lays bare the complex negotiations between gender, desire and spirit, and how they can affect one another. Tying fascinating case studies and underexplored Asian theologies with wider conversations around sexuality and faith, this book will be of significant interest to scholars working in religious studies, theology, queer studies, sexuality studies and Asian studies.
The Sign Around My Neck
Author: Lucas Hasten
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Eleven-year-old Lu (short for "Lucy") has always felt wrong as a girl. Now, with the help of a few good friends, he'll find a way to face the world as a transgender boy.
This book, written by the single mother of a Transsexual teen-ager, is a true account of their experiences wending their way through the morass of roadblocks and confusion in seeking approval for the son to become the daughter she had always been meant to be. It describes clearly the troubles that the "system" deliver to maintain the status-quo, and the overwhelming drive needed by both the child and the parent in overcoming these burdens and achieving success. This should be required reading for any parent of a Transgendered person. The writing style is easy and familiar and will make for a "quick read" ; one you won't want to put down
Queer Indigenous Studies
Author: Qwo-Li Driskill
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ÒThis book is an imagining.Ó So begins this collection examining critical, Indigenous-centered approaches to understanding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and Two-Spirit (GLBTQ2) lives and communities and the creative implications of queer theory in Native studies. This book is not so much a manifesto as it is a dialogueÑa Òwriting in conversationÓÑamong a luminous group of scholar-activists revisiting the history of gay and lesbian studies in Indigenous communities while forging a path for Indigenouscentered theories and methodologies. The bold opening to Queer Indigenous Studies invites new dialogues in Native American and Indigenous studies about the directions and implications of queer Indigenous studies. The collection notably engages Indigenous GLBTQ2 movements as alliances that also call for allies beyond their bounds, which the co-editors and contributors model by crossing their varied identities, including Native, trans, straight, non-Native, feminist, Two-Spirit, mixed blood, and queer, to name just a few. Rooted in the Indigenous Americas and the Pacific, and drawing on disciplines ranging from literature to anthropology, contributors to Queer Indigenous Studies call Indigenous GLBTQ2 movements and allies to center an analysis that critiques the relationship between colonialism and heteropatriarchy. By answering critical turns in Indigenous scholarship that center Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies, contributors join in reshaping Native studies, queer studies, transgender studies, and Indigenous feminisms. Based on the reality that queer Indigenous people Òexperience multilayered oppression that profoundly impacts our safety, health, and survival,Ó this book is at once an imagining and an invitation to the reader to join in the discussion of decolonizing queer Indigenous research and theory and, by doing so, to partake in allied resistance working toward positive change.
Author: Diane Anderson-Minshall, Jacob Anderson-Minshall
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Inc
Imagine if, after fifteen years as a lesbian couple, your partner turned to you and said, "I think I'm really a man." What would you do? How would you respond? For Diane and Jacob (ne Suzy) Anderson-Minshall this isn't a hypothetical question. It's what really happened. Eight years later, the couple not only remains together, they still identify as queer, still work in LGBT media, and remain part of the LGBT community. How did their relationship survive a gender transition? The authors explore this question and delve into their relationship to reveal the trials and tribulations they have faced along the way. In doing so, they paint a portrait of love, not only to each other, but to the San Francisco Bay Area, LGBT publishing, and the queer community. Queerly Beloved is a love story that flies in the face of expectations and raises questions about the true nature of identity, sexuality, and love.
Author: Michael Eric Brown, Max Andeo Meyer
A collection of poetry written by and about transmasculine individuals, commonly known as FTM or trans men, which includes anyone identifying on the masculine side of the gender spectrum.
Pencil Me In
Author: Michael Eric Brown
Michael Eric Brown shares not only his personal life as a transgender man, but he also talks candidly about gender roles and societal expectations. Approaching the subjects with frankness and occasional humor, he shares his experiences as well as those of countless others in the transgender community in order to communicate openly what it means to be a transgender individual in today's society."I feel like me, and whether male or female, man or woman, typical or atypical, I don't want to change me, or worry about what people think of me, or what roles I might take in the whole gender identity spectrum... Only by seeking the truth, breaking out of the web of lies, can society begin to foster a new beginning where gender is no more relevant than what color of socks you are wearing today."Pencil Me in was written in small increments over several years and ultimately the pieces have become chapters in the book. Michael shares his experiences of growing up as a victim of Munchausen by Proxy from his drug-addicted mother, incest, overcoming intense anger issues and the years of healing and self-discoveries to finally become the person he is now.This book presents a straight-forward examination of definitions and perceptions of gender roles and expectations, and the oppression transgender people are forced to overcome due to these expectations. Covering areas such as the language of gender, feminist views, oppression and more, Michael approaches the subject of being transgender in a world that is still struggling to acknowledge that gender really isn't just a black and white binary concept. He applies personal examples, observations and statistics in order to enlighten and educate in an informative and reader-friendly style.
Author: Michael Eric Brown
This book intends to give voice to those who are struggling to be recognized with dignity and validity, and attempt to shatter the myths and misinformation surrounding them.The book will examine individuals who were born assigned as female who do not identify as strictly binary female or male, as well as terminologies (including the ones defined by personal experience), common attitudes and perceptions in society and within the trans community, and issues such as pronoun usage, misgendering, and ?toxic? behavior and attitudes (also known as ?toxic masculinity?).
Author: Patrick Califia
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Hailed a 'revolutionary antidote to America's growing sexual conservatism', Califia is the most outspoken and intelligent commentator on sexual politics writing today. Sex Changes combines his meticulously researched contemporary history of transexuality with his trademark fearless criticism of mainstream sex culture. Writing about both male-to-female and female-to-male transsexuals, Califia examines the lives of early transgender pioneers and activists. In this new edition, he speaks intimately about becoming a parent in a two-father household.
Margrit Shildrick's exploration of the monstrous reveals how humans register concepts of bodily normality and perfection. The author calls upon society to rethink the monstrous, not as an abnormal category, but as a condition of attractiveness.
Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time
Author: Hope Nicholson, David Alexander Robertson, Daniel Heath Justice, Richard Van Camp
Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time is a collection of Indigenous science fiction and urban fantasy focusing on LGBT and two-spirit characters. These stories range from a transgender woman undergoing an experimental medication that enables her to live the lives of her maternal ancestors to young lovers separated through decades and meeting in the future. These are stories of machines and magic, love and self-love.
Vegan Secret Supper
Author: Mérida Anderson
Publisher: arsenal pulp press
Since 2008, self-taught chef Mérida Anderson has been hosting vegan secret suppers in Vancouver, Montreal, and New York. With her focus on menu-planning and simple, seasonal ingredients, she offers readers all the tools to create healthy, sumptuous meals. From smoked-cured coconut to a rich sweet potato crême brulée, these dishes are certain to delight vegans and non-vegans alike.
Author: Jin Haritaworn, Adi Kuntsman, Silvia Posocco
This book comes at a time when the intrinsic and self-evident value of queer rights and protections, from gay marriage to hate crimes, is increasingly put in question. It assembles writings that explore the new queer vitalities within their wider context of structural violence and neglect. Moving between diverse geopolitical contexts – the US and the UK, Guatemala and Palestine, the Philippines, Iran and Israel – the chapters in this volume interrogate claims to queerness in the face(s) of death, both spectacular and everyday. Queer Necropolitics mobilises the concept of ‘necropolitics’ in order to illuminate everyday death worlds, from more expected sites such as war, torture or imperial invasion to the mundane and normalised violence of racism and gender normativity, the market, and the prison-industrial complex. Contributors here interrogate the distinction between valuable and pathological lives by attending to the symbiotic co-constitution of queer subjects folded into life, and queerly abjected racialised populations marked for death. Drawing on diverse yet complementary methodologies, including textual and visual analysis, ethnography and historiography, the authors argue that the distinction between ‘war’ and ‘peace’ dissolves in the face of the banality of death in the zones of abandonment that regularly accompany contemporary democratic regimes. The book will appeal to activist scholars and students from various social sciences and humanities, particularly those across the fields of law, cultural and media studies, gender, sexuality and intersectionality studies, race, and conflict studies, as well as those studying nationalism, colonialism, prisons and war. It should be read by all those trying to make sense of the contradictions inherent in regimes of rights, citizenship and diversity.
Author: Cat Fitzpatrick, Casey Plett
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