"I've always loved my body, and now I love it even more because it fits how I feel." - Jessy
"Learn your pronouns because I don't want to have to slap somebody tonight." - Christina
"Transition? Everyone goes through one kind of transition or another. We go through transitions every day. Except mine is maybe a little more extreme." - Mariah
"Being trans is not the next step to being gay. They are similar in that they are both breaking gender rules." - Cameron
"When people say I look male or female, it messes up my head. - Nat
"My family was okay with me being gay, but trans was a different issue for them. I think a lot of it was because they had no experience with it." - Luke
In Beyond Magenta, six teens tell what it is like for them to be members of the transgender community.
©2014 Susan Kuklin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"More books like these, please!"
I bought a copy for myself, but after reading it I feel energized enough to buy a hardcover and start the first LGBTQ library at the high school where I work. Books that stay true to the experiences of young people must be made readily available to all youth and the adults that love them!
This was beautiful. I thank these people for telling their stories. Letting me know that I'm not alone.
"informative book, unfortunate narration"
it was an informative book. It gives a look at the transgender experience without dramatizing it. I disliked the choice of voice actors and that detracted from the believability of the narrative for me. I especially disliked the voice used for the narrator. I would have preferred to have read the book instead of listening because of this.
"Open & Frank Teens Share Their Stories."
I am grateful to the teens who shared their stories in this book. They bared themselves in such a beautiful way. They allowed themselves to be vulnerable and real which allowed me to feel and think. Unfortunately the narration isn't write. The male voice is too mature. He doesn't sound like a teen. It removed me from the story and sometimes confused me.
I did hope for more depth -- more analysis of what they feel and think, and what they need from those around them. I was hoping for an outline of what transgender teens need from their mothers, aunts, grandmothers. My expectations were probably too high, but if your expectations are similar you may feel the same.
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