Transitions of the Heart is the first collection to ever invite mothers of transgender and gender variant children of all ages to tell their own stories about their child’s gender transition. Often transitioning socially and emotionally alongside their child but rarely given a voice in the experience, mothers hold the key to familial and societal understanding of gender difference. Sharing stories of love, struggle, and acceptance, this collection of mother's voices, representing a diversity of backgrounds and sexual orientations, affirms the experience of those who have raised and are currently raising transgender and gender variant children between the ages of five and fifty.
Edited by Rachel Pepper, a gender specialist and co-author of the acclaimed book The Transgender Child, Transitions of the Heart will prove an invaluable resource for parents coming to terms with a child’s gender variance or transition.
©2012 Rachel Pepper (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
Mothers of transgender and gender variant children tell of their child's transition, and their own transitions that went with them. The universality of their challenges will touch anyone who's ever given their all to their kids--- and took the leap before before they understood the depth.
These mothers come from all backgrounds, demographics, married, single, straight, gay, religious, non-religious— and all of them had to find their own path on the "transgender odyssey" that their child was on. Their experiences are unexpected and different. The common thread is love for their children, and wanting the best for them.
Reading allows me to travel through time, to visit the world's unique and stunning places, to become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
This book contains 32 essays written by mothers of transgender children. I highly recommend it for anyone who has a transgender friend or family member; anyone who has a friend with a transgender family member; anyone who wants to better understand how the families of transgender people cope and feel. We live in a time when there is hatred and fear for the transgender community. The political ideology is combative and fractious with many preaching an agenda that promotes prejudice, anger and fear for the transgender community. In my opinion the best way to understand an issue - any issue - is to thoroughly research it. If you have any desire to comprehend more, this is a lovely and easy to read compilation which is a good place to start.
I will tell you with honesty that somebody I love has recently come out to me as female to male transgender. I love this person. I am confused and struggling. But my love is paramount and so my desire is to better understand, to lose the confusion, to stop struggling and to love him even more than I loved her. He needs me more now than ever and I plan to be accessible and loving. Rachel Pepper said this: "These mothers have learned how to advocate for their children and themselves. By speaking out here, they are blazing a brave trail for others to follow." I plan to follow that brave trail.
I listened to this book in one sitting. Overall excellently presentated.
I would recommend to anyone who is questioning their own lives or the lives of their children. Lets not overlook this section of society.
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