Magazine article New Internationalist

Trans like Me

Magazine article New Internationalist

Trans like Me

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Trans Like Me by CN Lester (Virago, ISBN 978 0 349 00860 8)

With trans people more visible - in film, music, online - than ever, you might think that transness is having a moment, and that CN Lester's Trans Like Me is evidence of a tipping point towards acceptance and equality.

Timely, this book most certainly is - though not as proof that trans people have been welcomed into the mainstream. As Lester explains in a thoughtprovoking account that blends personal experience with wider historical and social insight, the portrayal of trans people in the media is problematic at best and damaging at worst. Progress is not inevitable: in many countries it has stalled, or never started, and trans people everywhere routinely face physical and verbal abuse and the blatant denial of their rights.

Even in more liberal societies, the cis (or non-trans) mainstream does little more than pay lip service to the trans struggle, without challenging society's unquestioning acceptance of the gender binary. …

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