Welcome the Wachowski sisters
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Four years ago, Lana Wachowski (one half of the Wachowskis, directors of The Matrix trilogy), came out as transgender. This week, Lilly Wachowski has announced her presence in the world; formerly brother Andy, she decided to come out after being threatened by that most grubby of all newspapers, the Daily Mail. In the Windy City Gazette, she writes: There’s the headline I’ve been waiting for this past year. Up until now with dread and/or eye …
Jaco Erasmus takes the reins of the Monash Gender Clinic
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For some it will be news that Fintan Harte stepped down as head of the Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic at the end of 2015. His replacement, Jaco Erasmus has this to say about the challenge of his new role: I do realise that I am taking over the reins during very challenging times. With increased demand for our services, and inadequate human and financial resources, our current waiting list is unacceptably long. He also makes a …
Gender Identity is Inside Every One of Us
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Today in The Age, commentator Bronwyn Winter laments the problems of socially imposed gender roles. I would like to live in a world where ‘male’ and ‘female’ cease to be categories of social distinction, to the considerable advantage of those labelled ‘male’ and the considerable disadvantage of those labelled ‘female’. And this sounds like a great idea. However, she then goes on to conflate gender identity as imposed by society, and gender identity as known …
What We Left Behind
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by Robin Talley From the critically acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves comes an emotional, empowering story of what happens when love may not be enough to conquer all  Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance …
Being Emily
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By Rachel Gold They say whoever you are it’s okay, you were born that way. Those words don’t comfort Emily because she was born Christopher and her insides know that her outsides are all wrong. Book kindly donated by Toni P. Scroll down to reserve and borrow Leave your details in the form at the bottom to reserve or borrow, and then return the book next month. Simple!
The Little Boy: A Special Story about Daddy
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by E Kelly & E Webster The little boy portrays one person’s experience of transsexualism. This book was designed by parents, one of whom is transsexual, to explain the condition to children. Scroll down to reserve and borrow Leave your details in the form at the bottom to reserve or borrow, and then return the book next month. Simple!
My Story
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By Caroline Cossey Caroline ‘Tula’ Cossey was born a boy. Now she is a beautiful woman with a successful modeling career. My Story is Tula’s candid account of her struggles: her troubled childhood in northern England, her dreams of becoming a woman, the operations that liberated her sexually, and the journey from chorus gurl to James Bond girl to top international model. My Story is the tale of a woman’s battle for the body she needed to …
Katherine’s Diary
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By Katherine Cummings In 1986 John Cummings became Katherine Cummings and a while life changed. In this painfully honest account of John’s transformation into a woman, Katerhine tells of years of fantasizing and cross-dressing behind locked doors, of the betrayal felt by her family and the final relief of surgery. Katherine’s Diary covers a lifetime of self-discovery and self-destruction with acerbic wit and crisp observation. Scroll down to reserve and borrow Leave your details in the form …
Orlando’s Sleep
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By Jennifer Spry This autobiography explores the complex issues of gender identity, beginning with John Spry’s boyhood in Australia, through marriage and ultimately to her coming out as Jennifer, a transgendered lesbian. As a child Spry cherished the moments when he was left alone at home so he could dress up in his mother’s clothes; in adolescence he tried hard to prove his manhood by competitive sailing and heavy drinking. When even marriage and fatherhood …
He’s My daughter
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by Lynda Langley “Tony’s wife was on the phone, ringing from their interstate home. My husband’s face drained to ashen. Tony had totally castrated himself. He had lost a lot of blood and was now in surgery.” A mother’s story of losing a son and gaining a daughter — a transsexual transition and a mother’s love. Scroll down to reserve and borrow Leave your details in the form at the bottom to reserve or borrow, …