Photo by Bebeto Matthews, Associated Press: "Trans Bodies, Trans Selves," contributors, from left, Cecilia Gentili, a program coordinator and consultant on transgender issues; Tiq Milan, Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD; and Jack Pula, chairperson of the transgender committee of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists.
Trans Bodies,Trans Selves, a 672-page book and resource guide for transgender and gender non-conforming populations, is now available through Oxford University Press, as reported by Associated Press. The book covers health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more, with each chapter authored by transgender and gender non-conforming people. Contributors to Trans Bodies,Trans Selves include GLAAD Senior Media Strategist Tiq Milan, and GLAAD Board of Directors co-chair Jennifer Finney Boylan.
The new book’s editor, New York University psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth, writes in the preface about reading her mother’s copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” as a 12-year-old.
“At a time when over 90 percent of physicians were men ... it was an extremely daring and exciting thing to publish a book in which women taught other women about their bodies, their sexuality, and their rights,” she wrote.
The goal for “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,” she writes, was “to make it as radical as its predecessor” — an act of empowerment through which transgender people exert more control over the available information about their lives.
“Our community is still conversing among itself about what the important issues are, what it means to be trans,” said Jennifer Finney Boylan, an author and English professor at Colby College in Maine who wrote the book’s introduction. “Is it social, is it medical? Something very private, or something very public?”