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Letters for My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect


New anthology mentors trans women in their transition journeys.

Oakland, California, July 10, 2014—In this new anthology of letters and testimonies, thirty-five transgender women tell their heartfelt stories of trial and triumph and what it’s like to grow up trans and medically transition while grappling with the reactions of family and friends. These letters bear witness to challenges faced by trans people and women in a world where both groups are still struggling for equality and recognition.
The collection is based on a simple premise: If you could write just one let- ter to someone who is beginning transition or your younger, pre-transition self, what would you say? Would you reassure or warn them? Would you have a secret to tell, a hard-won truth or an unexpected triumph to share?

Women of trans experience face many unique challenges navigating and finding a place in the world. Things like ac- ceptance, employment, safety and pride can be elusive, difficult to find and keep. This book offers hope and help to wom- en in every stage of their transition journeys and is an excellent resource for anyone seeking to understand the roads they travel.

With courage, insight, and occasional humor, the authors take us into an intimate place in their lives and hearts to share candid truths of how they, not only survived gender transitioning, but went on to thrive and fill their lives with joy and purpose. “The insights and stories of hope contained in this volume dovetail perfectly with the activism I have done for 20 years. I am very proud to co-edit another great title published by Transgress Press,” says Andrea James. These stories de- scribe what acceptance, strength, hope and gratitude mean in a life that is deliberately chosen and intentionally lived. Brave, boldly vulnerable and revealing, this anthology offers everyone, regardless of birth gender, a variety of roadmaps of how to actualization our true selves and live with dignity, integrity and authenticity.

Written in the same spirit as Letters for My Brothers (edited by Megan Rohrer and Zander Keig), this anthology is an im- portant contribution to a growing body of literature of trans people telling their own stories. Featuring both established authors like Jennifer Finney Boylan and celebrities such as Calpernia Adams and Lynn Conway, this poignant collection is full of insight, mother-wit and deep reflection.

“I’ve seen the years between here and there. It’ll be rough, but you’re going to do great. You just have to keep moving for- ward for it to happen. If you can just keep taking one step at a time, you’ll make it to the miraculous world of tomorrow.” —Jenn Dolari

“Reaching back across time to advise one’s younger self is an attractive exercise. Letters for My Sisters provides a variety of voices and experiences with candor, heart and wit. The strength of the volume is the differing, sometimes contrary council found in these letters. While each woman is unique, the spirit of this collection reminds us that no one is alone.” —Eden Lane, Host of In Focus, Colorado Public Television

“Being transsexual can be heavy, lonely burden. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear from out future selves, letting us know we will somehow make it through the obstacle course of life and transition? How I wish, at age 15, I could have heard my own voice and the vices of the 35 trans women in the valuable little book.”
—Dallas Denny, Transgender Educator and Activist

Link to book: Letters for My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect

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