9780787967024

True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism--For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals

Brown, Mildred L.; Rounsley, Chloe Ann

ISBN 10: 0787967025 / 0-7879-6702-5
ISBN 13: 9780787967024
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
Combines authoritative information and humanitarian insight into the transsexual experience

Filled with wisdom and understanding, this groundbreaking book paints a vivid portrait of conflicts transsexuals face on a daily basis--and the courage they must summon as they struggle to reveal their true being to themselves and others. True Selves offers valuable guidance for those who are struggling to understand these people and their situations.

Using real life stories, actual letters, and other compelling examples, the authors give a clear understanding of what it means to be transsexual. They also give other useful advice, including how to deal compassionately with these commonly misunderstood individuals--by keeping an open heart, communicating fears, pain and support, respecting choices.

Review:
While transsexualism may seem a rare phenomenon, statistical data indicates that about 1% of the population is transsexual. Add to that number the friAnds, family, coworkers, and professionals who treat them, and it becomes apparent that the experience of transsexualism affects a great number of people.Mildred Brown--one of the country's most experienced clinicians in the field of transsexualism--and journalist Chloe Rounsley have written the first book that combines authoritative information and compassionate insight into the transsexual experience. Filled with wisdom and understanding, this groundbreaking guide paints a vivid portrait of the myriad conflicts transsexuals face on a daily basis and the courage they must summon as they struggle to reveal their true essence to themselves and others. Using real-life stories, actual letters, poems, and other compelling examples, the authors give a clear understanding of what it means to be transsexual. And the book offers important recommAndations for the friAnds, families, coworkers, and professionals who treat these commonly misunderstood individuals. In addition to breaking down common misconceptions about transsexualism, the book offers important recommAndations and guidance about dealing with both the phenomena and with the transsexual person.The authors illustrate how the support of family, friends, and professionals can help ease the burden of confusion, fear, and frustration that plagues the lives of transsexuals. And, the book provides a wealth of down-to-earth information including:
  • A clear explanation of the differences between transsexuals and homosexuals, lesbians, transvestites, drag queens, and female impersonators
  • Basic information about the emotional and physiological components of the transsexual experience that will help to demystify this often misunderstood group
  • Suggestions for friends and family to help them cope during the difficult adjustment period

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Filled with wisdom and understanding, True Selves paints a vivid portrait of the conflicts transsexuals face on a daily basis — the courage they must summon as they struggle to reveal their true being to themselves and others. This classic resource offers valuable guidance for friends, families, coworkers, and professionals who are struggling to understand these people and their situations. Using real life stories, actual letters, and other compelling examples, True Selves gives a clear understanding of what it means to be transsexual and offers practical suggestions for dealing compassionately with these commonly misunderstood individuals.

Praise for True Selves

"True Selves is thorough and comprehensive. . . .This is a serious and important book. If you know a transsexual, care about a transsexual, or are interested in understanding transsexuality, True Selves should be on your reading list. "
The Transsexual New Telegraph

"The best popular introduction to transsexualism for all involved- transsexuals, soffas (significant others, family, friends, allies), and the professionals working with and serving them — is True Selves."
The Independent Press Book Review

"First-person accounts from transsexuals augment general readability and put human faces on the issues discussed."
Booklist

"Each chapter poses questions and confronts common misconceptions about transgendered people and offers recommendations to caregivers and family. . . . presented in a simple, straightforward style and is easy to understand."
Gender Identity Journal

"With real life stories, letters, poems, and more, this is a first coming-out collection for the TS community."
Feminist Bookstore News

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