True Selves. Understanding Transsexualism--For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals

  • ID: 2212422
  • Book
  • 280 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Filled with wisdom and understanding,True Selves paints a vivid portrait of the conflicts transsexuals face on a daily basis — the courage they must summon as they struggle to reveal their true being to themselves and others. This classic resource offers valuable guidance for friends, families, coworkers, and professionals who are struggling to understand these people and their situations. Using real life stories, actual letters, and other compelling examples,True Selves gives a clear understanding of what it means to be transsexual and offers practical suggestions for dealing compassionately with these commonly misunderstood individuals.

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

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Preface xi

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

Notes 249

Selected Bibliography 255

The Authors 257

Index 259

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"I would strongly recommend this book as a primer for anyone interested in this topic." (Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35:2)
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