The historic first edition of “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,” which follows in the footsteps of the emblematic “Our Bodies, Ourselves” is set to be published on May 30 this year. Subtitled “A resource for the transgender community,” the book has been in the works as far back as 2009, after the editor, Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth, was featured in the New York Times answering questions about transgender issues.
At 672 pages, the book is a long overdue tome on topics that have historically been silenced. Each chapter was written by transgender or genderqueer authors who worked on a volunteer basis. Quotes from real-life experiences are interspersed throughout the book; these submissions were gathered by GLAAD through a series of anonymous surveys on their site.
Amita Swadhin, an activist and GLAAD fellow wrote on that organization’s website that she was moved by the effect “Our Bodies, Ourselves” had on women, saying, “I am deeply inspired by this possibility for TBTS, to move the state of transgender health care forward, to provide a meaningful anthology of writing on transgender health care that will be widely accessible and provide people with a trustworthy source of information.”
Anxious readers who want to be among the first to receive a copy may donate to the book’s non-profit. For a $50 donation, readers will receive a thank you gift in the form of a printed copy upon release as well as the eBook “Transgender History in the United States.”
Although no further submissions are being used for the current edition, the book’s website encouraged readers to continue sending in their stories so they may be included in the next edition.