Andrea James

Trans Women’s Wisdom in “Letters for My Sisters”


Via Strange Fruit podcast:

If you could write just one letter to someone beginning transition or your younger pre-transition self, what would you say?

That’s the question at the heart of a new book called “Letters for My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect.” This week we spoke with the book’s editors, Andrea James and Deanne Thornton, about the wisdom assembled in the book—and asked them to share their own advice for their pre-transition sisters.

Andrea, who created the groundbreaking website Transsexual Roadmap in 1996, said we all go through transitions all the time. “Every day we’re on a journey,” she said. “We’re always in transition and we’re always traveling. It’s important to take a moment each day and really appreciate all the wonderful things that are going on around you.”

LFMS-Front-Cover-image-680x1024Deanne Thornton said the honesty in some of the letters is in line with some of the trans women who have guided her along her own path. “Every trans woman I’ve met on my journey was perfectly willing to be open and share about it,” she said. “They didn’t feel that it was s secret they needed to keep. It was something they were happy to share with others.”

You can find the book (and lots of other trans-related titles) at Transgress Press, and keep up with the editors on twitter at @jokestress and@deannerene.

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