Praise for True Selves
"True Selves is thorough and comprehensive. . . .This is a serious and important book. If you know a transsexual, care about a transsexual, or are interested in understanding transsexuality, True Selves should be on your reading list. "
The Transsexual New Telegraph
"The best popular introduction to transsexualism for all involved– transsexuals, soffas (significant others, family, friends, allies), and the professionals working with and serving them — is True Selves."
—The Independent Press Book Review
"First–person accounts from transsexuals augment general readability and put human faces on the issues discussed."
"Each chapter poses questions and confronts common misconceptions about transgendered people and offers recommendations to caregivers and family. . . . presented in a simple, straightforward style and is easy to understand."
—Gender Identity Journal
"With real life stories, letters, poems, and more, this is a first coming–out collection for the TS community."
—Feminist Bookstore News
Introduction: A Question of Gender 1
1. The Transsexual Dilemma 5
2. The Childhood Years 30
3. The Teen Years 49
4. The Adult Years 78
5. Therapy 96
6. Beginning the Transitio 125
7. Transition and the Workplace 146
8. Bringing the News Home 167
9. Medical and Surgical Options 196
10. Guidelines for Support 212
11. In Their Own Words 226
Resource Guide 235
Selected Bibliography 255
The Authors 257