Transgender 101

A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue
Narrated by: John Malone
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Talented narrator John Malone does justice to this interesting, highly listenable, and engaging introduction to transgender issues. 

Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism. 

The volume covers the characteristics of gender identity disorder/gender dysphoria and the development of the transgender movement. Each chapter explains how transgender individuals handle their gender identity, how others view it within the context of non-transgender society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. Featuring men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications, this book is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members.

©2012 Columbia University Press (P)2018 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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Very Dated

This book was very dated. There were parts that were offensive. For an outsider who is not within the LGBT+ community, it may be a tentatively alright introduction to trans topics. However, certain assumptions and perspectives were assumed that is not appreciated. This book was written in 2012 and times have certainly changed since then.

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Very informative for a person who is or is not trying to understand what transgender is in the world right now. Covering many things about the mental and physical aspect of it on a informative nature. Giving no side apart from what it is. Loved it.

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A great primer for everyone!

This was a really well written and enlightening look at gender, trans issues, and terms.

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The book is an adequate, not exceptional

The book presents the presents its information ckearly but it provides the same information about transgender people as the other sources I have read or watched, so it doesn't stand out.

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Takes you from zero to hero in just 5 audible hrs!

Expertly written, expertly narrated! As a parent of a trans son, I thought I understood him well and was being supportive. This book taught me so much more. It made me a better parent. You can't or a price on that.

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  • O. Yeng
  • 04-18-19

Humans are too diverse to box them into categories

The most complete explanations of each category I have been researching. I see the world differently now as the book challenges my "normal perception".
One such change of perspective is that I now find it hilarious that wives are usually disgusted by their cross dressing husbands but then ironically they are crossdressers themselves wearing pants and shirts with short hair.

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  • Mirzhan Irkegulov
  • 11-09-18

Good for a newbie, underwhelming for the informed

I may have learned a few interesting historical facts, but overall if you have trans friends or have read about it online, you'll find the book lacking. I'm not saying it's bad, but it's indeed a 101.