One of the best ways to be an ally is to educate yourself on LGBT issues and experiences. And what better time to do so than Pride Month? On Tuesday, June 19th, CN Lester published Trans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us, a collection of essays about the trans experience. They write openly about everything from a history of trans celebrities to the importance of inclusive feminism. And you can read an excerpt from the new book below.
While the heightened awareness and advocacy for trans rights in recent years is a good thing, in some cases, the increased media attention has also led to the spread of misinformation. Lester gets right to the point in Chapter 1, “The Production of Ignorance,” discussing the fear-mongering about trans people. They argue that in order to truly learn about trans people, we first have to unlearn what we think we already know. And Trans Like Me is a great place to start the relearning process.
Lester is a leading LGBTI activist, a musician, and a writer. They co-founded the first national queer youth organization in the U.K. and work as a classical singer, a composer, and a feminist musicology researcher.
The following excerpt from Trans Like Me offers a glimpse into the trans experience and starts an important conversation about gender identity.
Excerpted from Trans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us by CN Lester. Copyright © 2017. Available from Seal Press, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Trans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us is now available wherever books are sold.