Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Susan Kuklin

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 0763673684

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A  2015 Stonewall Honor Book

A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

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Google and Google transsexual, ’cause I’m a girl.” He said, “You’re creating this whole problem, this whole circus. Anything that happens to you is your fault, because you’re coming to school dressed like a clown!” I was crying — I’m still crying. He said, “You need to go home and change into boys’ clothes.” “Well, I don’t have any boys’ clothes. So if you buy me boys’ clothes, then I’ll wear them.” “Then I guess you need to go home and stay home and you cannot come to school on any other

queer kids and prescribe hormones to trans kids. It’s going to be cool. We have so much potential. Together we have the potential for dynamic change. A revolution. I hope a revolution happens. And I want to be in it. I think potential is a good thing to end on because it’s happy. It’s about the future. I’m looking forward to my future. I’ve done a lot of thinking about it, and not just the big stuff, little things too. Having a driver’s license. Turning twenty-one. Going to college. Making new

go into my room and play with my toys and no one bothered me. Is it normal for a kid to do that? I don’t know. There’s a major difference between being in your room playing with your toys and being in a room full of kids and playing with your toys. In preschool, like, if I had a toy, other kids might try to take it away from me. For me, that was an invasion of my privacy. I had short hair, and my mom dressed me in shirts and pants. When I think about myself back then, I looked neutral.

female, I was making way too much testosterone. She assumed I was a girl. She assumed I wanted to be a girl. So she gave me medication to bring down the testosterone down and boost up my estrogen. Did Nat want this? No! I didn’t know what I wanted, but that was definitely not it. When the doctors confirmed that I was intersex, I thought, Wow, I’m that whole other gender! It proved what I had been feeling all along. I was not only emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually both sexes; I

is nothing without facts and contacts. After reading books and attending conferences to understand basic issues facing the transgender community, I began the search for an organization that would help me find participants willing to reveal themselves in print and, sometimes, pictures. Friend and law professor Susan Herman, usually my first contact for books about human or civil rights, put me in touch with James D. Esseks, the director of the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & AIDS

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