A Herstory of Transmasculine Identities

By | April 3, 2016

A Herstory of Transmasculine Identities
An Annotated Anthology
By Michael Eric Brown
Foreword by Joe Ippolito, PsyD., LICSW

ISBN-13:  978-0-9968309-2-8 (print)
ISBN-10: 0-9968309-2-8 (print)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9968309-3-5 (e-book)
ISBN-10:  0-9968309-3-6 (e-book)

Unravelling the complex intersections of FTM gender transitions, lesbianism and feminism…

Author Michael Eric Brown’s book, A Herstory of Transmasculine Identities: An Annotated Anthology, is intended to be educational for all audiences, including professionals and academics. Preparation for the book included academic research, phenomenological experiences, surveys, questionnaires. and personal discussions.

What People Are Saying

…. a provocative and important exploration of trans men’s experiences and identities… – Masen Davis, co-director of Global Action for Trans Equality

…. a valuable work to the literature of genderqueer and transgender theory…. an unexamined need for many female-to-male trans individuals to continue to honor a past connection to the lesbian community…. controversial and complex, stretching the relatively new field of trans-scholarship in important ways. Patrick Califia, author of Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism

.… part anthology, part memoir, part Trans 101, part academic exploration of masculine identities attached to bodies assigned female at birth…. a trans masculine feminist perspective to reflecti​ve questions about gender and sexuality and accepts what others might find incongruent, including that trans men have herstories to embrace.​– Jacob Anderson-Minshall, co-author Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders.

…. offers an important glimpse into the lives of trans masculine people as they explore their identity in a manner that brings to the fore the stark reality of what is means to live in one’s truth. lore m. dickey, PhD., Assistant Professor and Training Director, Northern Arizona University

About The Book

Transmasculine-identified individuals can identify anywhere on the sexual orientation spectrum, as well as they can use a variety of terms to describe their gender. Additionally, these individuals span across all cultures, ethnicities and classes, and come from all walks of life. Each of the individuals in this book acknowledge their past and their experiences of being socialized as female prior to their journeys that brought them to where they are now.

This book shares stories of those individuals who came from the lesbian community and how they arrived at the place they are now in their identities. There are also stories from those who were not a part of the lesbian community but adhered to a strong feminist perspective, having to overcome reservations of moving from a gender associated with oppression to one associated with privilege. These stories encompass a variety of experiences with exploring gender, sexuality, and identity.

The book is presented in two parts: Part One explores the deeper meanings, definitions and embodiments of gender, sexuality, and identity, including the social and personal politics of each, while Part Two contains the stories and experiences of individuals who welcome this opportunity to share their lives in order to facilitate understanding, acceptance and education.

This book is not intended to portray the experience of all female-to-male individuals, nor is it in any way saying that transmasculine people are lesbian, but rather it is to fill a void in literature for a particular group of men in the trans community. Not all transmasculine individuals have these experiences, but many do. This book is providing an opportunity for those who want their voices heard, and for those who wish to share their lives. These individual’s voices are equally significant and to be respected in the greater trans community like any other voice. It is an opportunity for the rest of us to learn from them.

The book is available at most online retailers including Barnes and Noble and others.

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