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What does it mean to be young and transgender today? Growing Up Trans shares stories, essays, art and poetry created by trans youth aged 11 to 18. In their own words, the works illustrate the trans experience through childhood, family and daily life, school, their bodies and mental health. Together the collection is a story of the challenges, big and small, of being a youn What does it mean to be young and transgender today? Growing Up Trans shares stories, essays, art and poetry created by trans youth aged 11 to 18. In their own words, the works illustrate the trans experience through childhood, family and daily life, school, their bodies and mental health. Together the collection is a story of the challenges, big and small, of being a young trans person. At the same time, it's a toolkit for all young people, transgender or not, about what understanding, acceptance and support for the trans community looks like. In addition to the contributed works, there are questions and tips from experts in the field of transgender studies to challenge the reader on how to be a trans ally. Growing Up Trans came out of a series of workshops held in Victoria, British Columbia, to bring together trans youth from across the country with mentors in the community.


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What does it mean to be young and transgender today? Growing Up Trans shares stories, essays, art and poetry created by trans youth aged 11 to 18. In their own words, the works illustrate the trans experience through childhood, family and daily life, school, their bodies and mental health. Together the collection is a story of the challenges, big and small, of being a youn What does it mean to be young and transgender today? Growing Up Trans shares stories, essays, art and poetry created by trans youth aged 11 to 18. In their own words, the works illustrate the trans experience through childhood, family and daily life, school, their bodies and mental health. Together the collection is a story of the challenges, big and small, of being a young trans person. At the same time, it's a toolkit for all young people, transgender or not, about what understanding, acceptance and support for the trans community looks like. In addition to the contributed works, there are questions and tips from experts in the field of transgender studies to challenge the reader on how to be a trans ally. Growing Up Trans came out of a series of workshops held in Victoria, British Columbia, to bring together trans youth from across the country with mentors in the community.

49 review for Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This was so well done! I'm absolutely flabbergasted by how smart and talented these kids are. I especially loved the poems, but it's so clear a lot of thought went behind every piece here. I also liked the inclusion of resources and guiding questions for trans and cis readers alike. This was so well done! I'm absolutely flabbergasted by how smart and talented these kids are. I especially loved the poems, but it's so clear a lot of thought went behind every piece here. I also liked the inclusion of resources and guiding questions for trans and cis readers alike.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Catey Wood

    I would like to thank @orcabook for allowing to me to read this wonderful ARC of Growing Up Trans. I would also like to thank NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity. Now to my review: I absolutely loved this book. It was wonderful and I like reading the stories of kids on the trans spectrum. Being a trans-woman myself, they both rang true and I could feel where they were coming from. Some of them were very heart-warming while others left me heart-broken at hearing what these kids are going thr I would like to thank @orcabook for allowing to me to read this wonderful ARC of Growing Up Trans. I would also like to thank NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity. Now to my review: I absolutely loved this book. It was wonderful and I like reading the stories of kids on the trans spectrum. Being a trans-woman myself, they both rang true and I could feel where they were coming from. Some of them were very heart-warming while others left me heart-broken at hearing what these kids are going through. That being said, I do have some notes I would like to pass on. One of my major concerns is that this book should probably come with a parental advisory warning on it, due to the one poem, "Be Strong Like Windows." This poem, though really inspiring, contains the g-d word in the line, "I did this myself, every stitch, every g-d rhinestone" This book, if I understand correctly, is supposed to be targeted for middle grade readers, and I feel this language is inappropriate for this age range. One of my absolute favorite ones, was the story that dealt humorously with the topic of Dysphoria. Reading that really helped me during some of my recent darker times and brought a smile to my face, and I hope it helps others as it did me. Other than that, I feel this book would be really helpful, inspiring, might even let a kid on the trans-spectrum know that they are not alone and their are others like them out there, struggling as they do. This book would be a good resource at any library irregardless of what grade. In fact, I work at a school and I have already recommended it to the librarian there and she wants to order it for the kids, since she wants to build the library's LGBTQA+ section. I can't recommend this book enough. I liked it so much, I think I will go out and purchase a copy for myself.

  3. 5 out of 5

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  4. 4 out of 5

    {erika}

    Thanks to NetGallery for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is a fantastic primer and would be wonderfully used in K-12 school districts. The collection of artistic works and written works (essays, art, stories, poetry and more) created by trans youths is inspiring and raw. The collection provides a lot of insight into the trans adolescent perspective and is also a great toolkit: divided into sections such as School, Mental Health, Acceptance) each area contains follow up questio Thanks to NetGallery for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is a fantastic primer and would be wonderfully used in K-12 school districts. The collection of artistic works and written works (essays, art, stories, poetry and more) created by trans youths is inspiring and raw. The collection provides a lot of insight into the trans adolescent perspective and is also a great toolkit: divided into sections such as School, Mental Health, Acceptance) each area contains follow up questions for reflections, a "What Can I Do Now?" area with suggestions for trans allies, and a Recommended Reading section with related picture books, YA books, graphic novels, and more. It's a moving and important read. One anonymous quote from the book is especially impactful: "We aren't asking for 'special rights.' We are just asking to be acknowledged and respected. We aren't asking for 'more.' We are asking for the same respect that students deserve. We're asking to be treated like people. That's all I want. To be treated like a person." I also really enjoyed that in addition to getting an About the Authors for Dr. Herriot and Kate Fry, we get self-written bios of varying length from each trans contributor.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Growing Up Trans features creative works (poetry, prose, drawings, etc) by young people who identify as trans or non-binary living in Canada. There's not a lot of works out there featuring the voices of trans kids themselves (especially non-binary and genderfluid kids) so this is filling a huge gap. At the end of each section, adult scholars in transgender studies offer advice and resources. My main critique of this book is that, while I love how it features trans and non-binary voices, only two Growing Up Trans features creative works (poetry, prose, drawings, etc) by young people who identify as trans or non-binary living in Canada. There's not a lot of works out there featuring the voices of trans kids themselves (especially non-binary and genderfluid kids) so this is filling a huge gap. At the end of each section, adult scholars in transgender studies offer advice and resources. My main critique of this book is that, while I love how it features trans and non-binary voices, only two of the contributors identify as trans girls or mention that they were assigned male at birth. Trans girl rep is really lacking in YA and middle grade, and I would have loved to have had more of these voices in this book. Content wise - There is some discussion of hormone blockers, binders and testosterone, and maybe a brief mention or two of genitalia and other anatomy. Despite the low amount of trans girl rep, I think this is definitely a must-buy for middle and high school libraries.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    In this time where trans and gender-nonconforming kids are constantly under attack, it is more important than ever to listen to their own stories and not to the opinions of transphobic adults. This book contains art, poetry, and prose from trans kids, teens, and adults which serves as a perfect introduction into learning about trans identities from trans people. The biggest takeaway from this, unsurprisingly, is that trans kids just want to be treated as kids. They want their identities to be re In this time where trans and gender-nonconforming kids are constantly under attack, it is more important than ever to listen to their own stories and not to the opinions of transphobic adults. This book contains art, poetry, and prose from trans kids, teens, and adults which serves as a perfect introduction into learning about trans identities from trans people. The biggest takeaway from this, unsurprisingly, is that trans kids just want to be treated as kids. They want their identities to be respected and taken seriously and they want to be able to access the care that can improve and even save their lives. By giving trans and nonbinary young people a platform, the editors have created a book which could easily be given to readers of any age to help them understand others' identities and maybe even understand their own. TW: transphobia, bullying, gender dysphoria, discussions of suicide

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Valadez

    ARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review. Growing Up Trans is a nonfiction anthology of poems, essays, stories, and art written/drawn by transgender youth.This is a great read to get an inside look into how to help and be an ally in the trans community. Not to mention delves deeper into the types of harassment, mental states, and inequalities trans youths are facing right now. They want the same rights as everyone else. For their identities to be respected and taken seriously. Throughou ARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review. Growing Up Trans is a nonfiction anthology of poems, essays, stories, and art written/drawn by transgender youth.This is a great read to get an inside look into how to help and be an ally in the trans community. Not to mention delves deeper into the types of harassment, mental states, and inequalities trans youths are facing right now. They want the same rights as everyone else. For their identities to be respected and taken seriously. Throughout the book it was also nice to see that the editors provide you with more resources; other book recommendations, lists of helpful organizations for trans youth, and families. They even provide a glossary in the back of the book, which was very convenient. CW: Bullying, discussions of suicide, transphobia, and gender dysphoria

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Thank you to NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. A great book for anyone with a trans kid in their life! There were a lot of great stories told and additions at the end of each chapter by the adults with other ways to help support trans kids. There is a lot of transmasculine representation in this book. If you're looking for a book that mostly talks about trans women, this probably isn't the book for you. Although there are some similarities between a Thank you to NetGalley and Orca Book Publishers for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. A great book for anyone with a trans kid in their life! There were a lot of great stories told and additions at the end of each chapter by the adults with other ways to help support trans kids. There is a lot of transmasculine representation in this book. If you're looking for a book that mostly talks about trans women, this probably isn't the book for you. Although there are some similarities between all trans people, everyone still has their own experiences. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to more about the trans experience (specifically the trans masc experience), any teacher or parent who doesn't know how a trans kid might feel about their life, and any trans kids who want to feel a little less alone in this world. I'm giving this book 5/5 stars because it perfectly captured the trans experience. It also brought up some really good points and had some powerful lines that I will continue to think about.

  9. 5 out of 5

    M

    A thought provoking read and insight into the lives of transgender and queer youth. Helpful anecdotes at the end of each section provide the reader with ways in which they can be helpful as allies, as well as what to do when faced with situations that may be hard as a queer or transgender individual. These young artists and writers created beautiful works of art, which I think would be of great service in public and school libraries. One particular work titled "The Plan" by Christopher, had me in A thought provoking read and insight into the lives of transgender and queer youth. Helpful anecdotes at the end of each section provide the reader with ways in which they can be helpful as allies, as well as what to do when faced with situations that may be hard as a queer or transgender individual. These young artists and writers created beautiful works of art, which I think would be of great service in public and school libraries. One particular work titled "The Plan" by Christopher, had me in tears. "Either way, they're right about one thing: I am not simple. At best, I am a question that begs asking; at worst, I am the brick that toppled their masterpiece."

  10. 5 out of 5

    cooper

    5 Stars an incredible collection of art, poetry, stories and more from trans youth, with a few interjects from professionals and trans adults. helped me come to terms with my own experiences and learn more about other trans kids. if you are a trans person yourself, a parent of a trans person or just an ally, i highly recommend reading this book to both learn about experiences from actual trans youth and read how to help trans people and improve urself as an ally or member of the community.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bailey

    Thank you NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was such a wonderful book that would be a great addition to K-12 classroom libraries and should be required reading for anyone working with kids or teens. This shows a range of artwork, poetry, fiction, and essays from real trans teens and their experiences in their families, their schools, and their bodies. This is such an important book and I'm so glad something like this exists. Thank you NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was such a wonderful book that would be a great addition to K-12 classroom libraries and should be required reading for anyone working with kids or teens. This shows a range of artwork, poetry, fiction, and essays from real trans teens and their experiences in their families, their schools, and their bodies. This is such an important book and I'm so glad something like this exists.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trixie Wagner

    This book is fantastic. It opens your eyes to the realities for Trans, nonbinary and others in the LGBTQ2+ community. If you are human, you know other humans and have daily interactions with humans, you should read this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kim Trusty

    Love this project that amplifies the voices of Trans youth, and would love to see it extend across Canada.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Flungoutofspace (CMJW)

    A damn amazing gift from Canadian trans youth for the world.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Simply the best!

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