Trans Like Me by CN Lester

trans like meTHIS, Trans Like Me, is the book I’ll be recommending to cis people who aren’t ready for something as dense as Julia Serano’s Whipping Girl. It’s written on a 101 level without speaking down to the reader. I have mixed feelings about its tragic overtone, but overall I feel it’s vital: Too many cis people have a tendency to focus on the advances they’ve seen, and either ignore or just don’t get that there continue to be very real, current, everyday struggles that trans and nonbinary people face.

Good exploration of critical thinking (they quote Ben Goldacre, so I was thrilled!), checking one’s privilege, and listening to and learning from the lived experiences of marginalized people (they refer to and quote Kimberlé Crenshaw, too!)

TW for violence against trans people in “Are Trans People Real?” (especially tough reading here).

GREAT breakdown of the problems with The Danish Girl in “The Denial of History”.

Maybe most importantly, Trans Like Me is #ownvoices!

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.