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Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

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A timely and captivating memoir about gender identity set against the backdrop of the transgender equality movement, by a leading activist and the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.

Sarah McBride is on a mission to fight for transgender rights around the world. But before she was a prominent activist
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Crown Archetype
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Kathleen Q I think so! There is very, very mild cursing (maybe just one curse word??), and it's a very accessible read.
Meagan A limited preview of the memoir is currently available on Google Books. The full book can be ordered on and on Target and Barnes &…moreA limited preview of the memoir is currently available on Google Books. The full book can be ordered on and on Target and Barnes & Noble's websites. (I'm sure it's available through other retailers as well, but those are the big ones I know of.) There's also an audiobook version for sale in the iTunes Store, or you can listen to it for free on Audible if you haven't already done a free trial with them. Hope this helps!(less)

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Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Succinct and affecting, Tomorrow Will Be Different recounts activist Sarah McBride’s experience of coming out as a trans woman. The memoir is roughly divided into three parts: McBride’s transition process as a college student, her role in advancing groundbreaking trans legislation in Delaware, and her romance and marriage to her first love, who tragically died of cancer in 2014. Unlike some readers who found the second part to be a slog, I thought the memoir was consistently compelling. McBride ...more
Katya Kazbek
My one wish right now is that Sarah McBride stays healthy, both physically and mentally, so she can one day become the president of the United States. This is a wish packed with hope: I want to live in the US that can have a woman president, a transgender president, and a young president. Hey, even a progressive president right now seems like a stretch :( Anyway, I also selfishly want Sarah to be happy, because that means that we as a society will benefit from her light, so strong and brave. I a ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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"I know that it can feel like we’re almost lost as a country. But we must never forget that even with all of the hate and all of the challenges, no matter who is president, we can continue to change our world for the better. We’ve done it before and we can do it again."

Sarah McBride is a trans-gender activist and was the first openly trans-gender person to address a major party convention. This book is a memoir of her coming out and transitioning, but it is also about her activism and fighting
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-to-read
"I'm twenty-four, transgender, and a widow...that's a lot for someone in this society to handle." Sarah McBride

In Tomorrow Will Be Different, Sarah McBride shares her personal story as inspiration and to put a face on what it is to be transgender.

Imagine being unable to go into a public restroom in North Carolina without breaking the law. Imagine being unable to change your sex on your state ID, or being unable to keep a job or find housing. Imagine being vilified, ostracized, beaten up, an obje
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this!

The writing is quite simple, and at times I wish it had been a bit more literary, but I can appreciate that the writing style makes this more acceptable to people who may not know much about LGBTQIA+ (and specifically trans) issues.

I really loved how much emphasis McBride puts on intersectionality. While she is very open about her own struggles with discrimination as a trans woman, she is always quick to emphasize her own privileges. She reiterates how violence against tra
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Amazing Grace."

That line, repeated over and over again in the midst of the darkest days of her life, says so much about Sarah-- that in the midst of any hardship, she can look for, and see, the hope in the broken and beautiful world we live in.

I read this book in one sitting (while sobbing on a train next to concerned and loving strangers). It is such a gorgeous, honest, and brilliant lesson for all of us. It's a lesson about what we give to and take from each other. It's a lesson about ordinar
I hope I get to vote for President Sarah McBride in twenty years! She has such a strong and compassionate voice that she has already used in such powerful ways at such a young age. Tomorrow Will Be Different is an inspirational memoir that details the author's coming out as transgender, her relationship with her late husband, and her work in politics and advocacy for equality for the trans community. It's both uplifting and heartbreaking and I recommend it for anyone interested in politics or st ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an autobiography of the author's struggle and journey of being transgender.....and I think that is the part I liked the most. She covered her inner turmoil with identifying as transgender, coming out to her family, friends, coworkers and trying to find her place on the spectrum of womanhood. This felt honest and I liked how she told her story. She is an activist for transgender rights and has seen much change. But even with the legislative changes and increased awareness many who are tra ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to not give a book five stars when it made you tear up three times (for three different reasons!) when you're really not a crier.

Sarah's story is amazing and heartbreaking, and it's particularly engaging if you have an interest in politics.

My favorite quotes:

- ...we all live our lives with multiple identities intersecting with one another, creating a mix of privileges and challenges that all people carry with us.

- ...each time we ask anyone - whether they are transgender, Black, an i
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A powerful memoir. Just what I was hoping for. I feel I have a better understanding about some of the complexities and nuances of being transgender in America today.

Side rant: I wanted to scream at the way Andy and Sarah were treated by the medical community in some of the conversations Sarah described. It’s just not how it should be done! And, I know oncology socials AT Hopkins who have better conversations with patients than the ones they experienced. Sigh.
Leigh Kramer
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Tomorrow Will Be Different may be the most important book I'll have read this year. This is the one I'll be pushing—er, gently encouraging—people to read. 

Sarah McBride's memoir is both accessible and powerful. She shares her own story but she is ever pointing out her privilege and centering the experiences of the transgender community. She lets us in to her life, while also providing a bird's eye view of the larger issues. The result is truly masterful. I particularly appreciated the way she po
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I read this book. The author, Sarah McBride, is a transgender woman who is an activist for her community. She tells her story with three intertwining stories, political activism, a coming out memoir and a grief memoir. She begins with her early childhood and her vigorous desire to be politically active. She was raised in the comfortable suburbs of Delaware and her parents aware of her strong interests made opportunities available to her to pursue her dreams. After serving as class p ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by someone who is openly transgender. Sarah McBride offers a compelling glimpse at the world through the eyes of one particular transgender person. With empathy, self-reflection, and confidence—not to mention great vulnerability—she tells the story of recognizing who she was, of coming out to family, friends, and the public, of becoming involved in political battles for LGBTQ rights, of falling in love, and tragically, of becoming a caregiver for a dying loved on ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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"Having certain privileges does not mean that your life is easy or that you do not face challenges. It just means that you don't experience specific kinds of obstacles or barriers faced by someone with a different identity or background. And our empathy should require us to acknowledge the plight of others in both its similarities to ours and in its differences."

Thank you for sharing your story Sarah, so that others may see beyond identity lables to the amazing people behind them.
Rachel Rooney
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sarah McBride's personal story of being transgender, coming out, and finding love is combined with her political journey and the fight for trans rights. She is inspiring.
Christopher Jones
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG, this book is why we read, this is absolutely, totally amazing , thank you Sarah Mcbride from the bottom of my heart for giving us Tomorrow Will Be Different, I for one will definitely be recommending it.❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I received a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Two to three stars.

McBride's memoir of coming out as a trans woman and losing her husband is difficult to review as it reads like a few different books. Some chapters read as non-fiction and include many statistics and facts about the trans population in the U.S. as a whole, other chapters are detailed accounts of McBride's efforts to change Delaware legislation, and others are a personal account of her experiences with coming out and mee
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story written by an amazing woman. While I sometimes have a hard time rating memoirs when I don’t like them, it’s much easier when I really do like them. It’s not a spoiler to say there are some really sad parts — no one should be a widow in their mid-twenties — but Sarah and Andy’s love story was so tenderly and beautifully written that we are all better people for hearing about it from her.

She’s already accomplished so much in her young activist life, and I was captivated by her al
Stef A.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
READ THIS. Then tell others to read this. It is not easy, but it is so necessary.
Sarah went to the same high school as my daughter. She and the group of other politically-minded friends she hung out with always struck me as remarkable. Although I didn't have the chance to get to know her well, those times I did come in contact with her, I felt she was someone to keep an eye on -- someone destined to do something great. In her last year of college and at the end of her term as student body president at AU, Sarah came out as transgender by way of a piece published in her schoo ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality🍒🍒🍒🍒
By Sarah McBride
Crown Archetype

A journey from self- loathing to self- acceptance to fear about being a trans, nothing stopped Sarah from her goal, becoming an intern in the white house.
Coming out as gay was difficult, but being surrounded with supportive and loving acceptance, not just tolerance made it a positive for everyone. He also has a brother who is gay. And another brother who is straight.
Coming out as a Tr
The first time I was introduced to Sarah McBride was when she spoke at the DNC. I already knew about transgender people as my daughter had a friend in high school who was transgender and she would come stay at our house and our daughter would go to her house for overnight stays. I never had an issue with the sleepovers. My husband only asked once if we should be worried and allow it. Once I explained why someone is transgender then he understood. In Tomorrow Will Be Different, Sarah does a great ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
The final chapter of this book is powerful. And there are a few moments here and there that offered me a new perspective and helpful explanation. But I have to treat this fairly as I would any book in regards to the writing, and while I respect Ms. McBride, I felt like she was holding back. In my mind I’m wondering if she was afraid to be too vulnerable lest she give away the ability to be seen as professional or worse, could be accused of being overly dramatic or confused.Instead, she presented ...more
Katie Harder-schauer
I received a copy of this book through Penguin's First to Read program. This is my honest review.

This is the first memoir by a transgender individual that I have read that focuses on the author's trans-identity and the issues surrounding that. And I have to admit, that early on while I was reading, I couldn't help but thinking that Sarah likely had some advantages growing up because she was born in the wrong body. She's always been passionate about politics and went on the campaign trail with J
Sarah McBride is an amazing woman, a powerhouse in the fight for trans equality. Her own story is beautifully told in Tomorrow Will Be Different. Sarah is honest, forthright, and informative in recounting her journey to bring her from the gender identified at birth to her true gender as female. Because of her political activism, a passion from a young age that grew into a career, Sarah has also had the opportunity to support and fight for gender equality and supportive legislation in Washington ...more
Randi Abel
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s rare that I give a book five stars, but this book deserves every one. Sarah McBride has written a seminal text about human rights and the human experience. As a white, socioeconomically privileged person, Sarah does not speak for all trans people, but she is deeply aware of the privilege that has enabled her to get to where she is today, and repeatedly acknowledges that the experiences of trans people of color and other disadvantaged groups are markedly different than hers, using her voice ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received free from Penguin First to Read, but my thoughts are my own.

This is a true story, so you might already know how it goes. If you don't, and want to avoid spoilers, skip the introduction.

Sarah McBride didn't intend to make history. She simply wanted to be her authentic self. But the first transgender intern at the White House *is* history, so her story got some attention. But she's so much more than that. A tireless, brave advocate for affording all people equal humanity and dignity, she'
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Along with many others, I first heard Sarah McBride speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. She was the first trans person to speak at a national political convention.

This book covers 5 years of her life as she comes out as trans to her parents, friends, and as an American University senior, transitions, serves as a White House intern, falls in love and marries her husband, watches her husband die from cancer, and works at the Center for American Progress and the Human Rights Campai
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Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bios-memoirs
Like many who watched Ms McBride speak at the Democratic National Convention I was impressed by this open and intelligent woman. I saw her as brave and courageous. I saw her as sweet, funny and honest. I wanted to know more of her story. Luckily last week a friend recommended this book to me. It is refreshingly, shockingly honest. In this book Ms McBride does not shy away from telling her story -- the story of so many transgender people. She shares what is hard about being transgender. But she d ...more
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Sarah McBride is a progressive activist and currently the National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. In 2016, Sarah made history when she became the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention. She has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, Rolling Ston ...more
“Hope can be limitless. Inspiration can always be found. Ideas are endless. But time, that is the one resource that none of us can afford to waste.” 6 likes
“We must never be a country that says there’s only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live.” 3 likes
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