The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Transgender Studies

Rowman & Littlefield. (Rowman & Littlefield Handbook Series). Mar. 2023. 188p. ed. by Sumereau, J.E., ed. Tr $140. ISBN 9781538136010.
Gr 9 Up–Through multidisciplinary research and an intersectional lens, the complex lives and broad experiences of transgender people are illuminated. Establishing trans voices at the center of the discussions, contributors examine issues, experiences, and populations while being mindful of race, class, ethnicity, ability, and sexuality, religion. This focuses on how to create better systems, supports, and institutions for trans people, as well as increase education, awareness, and empathy all while improving and expanding research. Chapters delve into how structural disparities and barriers in various systems and institutions affect trans lives. These include discussion of health and healthcare, safety, and accessibility issues with public bathrooms, the criminal justice system, military service and changing policies and procedures, and the importance of affirmation in clinical education. A chapter on trans lives in the Southern United States explores the lack of protections, support, and resources there. Also included are sections on gender dysphoria; the intersection of trans and intersex experiences; intimacy, dating violence, and desirability; trans bodies in relation to cis bodies; a personal essay on transmasculinity; chosen families and online communities; and trans youth studies and the family unit. Each section includes extensive references for further reading. Championing advocacy, autonomy, and affirmation, this intensely academic look at the lived experiences of trans people empowers and normalizes trans experiences while educating allies how to best serve and support this community.
VERDICT An essential, insightful overview of current issues in the field of Transgender Studies.

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