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Author: Gender DyanmiX, Support Initiative for People with atypical sex Development Uganda(S.I.P.D.)
Publisher: Gender DyanmiX, Support Initiative for People with atypical sex Development Uganda(S.I.P.D.)
Format: DVD
Publication Date: 2010
Running Time:
+- 85 Minutes

Exquisite Gender is a DVD collection of personal stories that offers viewers a glimpse into the lives of those who are outside the male-female binary. Sixteen transgender and intersex persons tell their own stories about their experiences of being different, mainly through photographs from their past. Often hard-hitting and sometimes funny, all the stories express the desire to be treated as equals, to be given the freedom to choose one's gender rather than to be forced into the traditional male-female duality. Leigh-Ann’s story especially addresses many of the myths surrounding transgender. And her story, as with the others, emphasises that transgender people are perfectly normal human beings with very human experiences.
A friend of mine who had never knowingly had any exposure to transgender people attended the launch of the collection. He was not given any information prior to the showing and so didn't know what to expect. Afterwards, I asked him what struck him most about Exquisite Gender.  His reply was, “I was struck by the honesty and the willingness to share their experiences, both good and bad. That they had the freedom to do this in spite of what they have been through.”

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals PDF Print E-mail


The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals
Author: Stephanie A. Brill, Rachel Pepper
Publisher: Cleis Press
ISBN: 978-1573443180
Format: Paperback 
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 200

This comprehensive first of its kind guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising their children in every city and state. Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college. What do you do when your toddler daughter’s first sentence is that she’s a boy? What will happen when your preschool son insists on wearing a dress to school? Is this ever just a phase? How can you explain this to your neighbors and family? How can parents advocate for their children in elementary schools? What are the current laws on the rights of transgender children? What do doctors specializing in gender variant children recommend? What do the therapists say? What advice do other families who have trans kids have? What about hormone blockers and surgery? What issues should your college-bound trans child be thinking about when selecting a school? How can I best raise my gender variant or transgender child with love and compassion, even when I barely understand the issues ahead of us? And what is gender, anyway? These questions and more are answered in this book offering a deeper understanding of gender variant and transgender children and teens.

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Pearl's Christmas Present PDF Print E-mail


Pearl's Christmas Present
Author: Thomas Wurst
Publisher: Community Press
ISBN: 978-0979087875
Format: Hardcover 
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 40

A NEW HOLIDAY TRADITION! "Pearl s Christmas Present" is an illustrated Christmas story about a little boy who wants to be a little girl. In this not-so-common tale, Pearl reveals the holiday traditions of his naughty siblings and joyless parents. You will laugh out loud at the astute observations of a serene little boy who has a firm sense of self and good survival instincts! "Pearl's Christmas Present" has been nominated for a LAMBDA Literature Award in both the Children / Young Adult and Transgender categories.

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Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity PDF Print E-mail


Whipping Girl: A transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
Author: Julia Serano
Publisher: Seal Press
ISBN: 978-1580051545
Format: Paperback 
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 280

A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist. Serano shares her experiences and observations — both pre- and post-transition — to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. She exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire.

In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about Transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activist must work to embrace and empower femininity — in all of its wondrous forms.

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