Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide for transgender populations, covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and more. It is a place for transgender and gender-questioning people, their partners and families, students, professors, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life. It was published by Oxford University Press.
Each chapter of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves was written separate transgender or genderqueer authors. The book is aimed at a general transgender and gender-questioning audience, and when using complicated language, provides definitions and explanations. The tone is friendly and fun, and promotes trans-positive, feminist, and genderqueer advocacy. Included in each section are anonymous quotes from everyday people who have taken Trans Bodies surveys. Short opinion pieces and testimonials are also be included in each chapter. Finally, each chapter contains references to resources such as books, movies, and organizations related to the chapter’s topic.
Of primary importance in this book is a worldview that supports human rights for all people. While the focus of the book is transgender and gender non-conforming people, we understand that a struggle for one group is a struggle for all. All of the book’s chapters recognize that sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, able-ism, ageism, and all other forms of prejudice exist within our communities and must be addressed. We emphasize the fact that economics, the prison industrial complex, and strict anti-immigration laws are forms of oppression employed to divide people.
We know full well that many communities are not represented or are under-represented in our author and advisor lists. Thousands of people have filled out our surveys, and those voices are used frequently throughout the book. All of the book’s authors are involved on a volunteer basis. We understand it is difficult for many people to take on another project, particularly one that is unpaid, in spite of how strongly they believe in the purpose/mission of this book. We encourage all to contact us with feedback, concrete ideas and suggestions, and assistance whenever possible. Through this open door, we hope to gather many different points of view from the community at large so we may create a strong and revolutionary book.