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The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  36 reviews
A groundbreaking look at the lives of transgender children and their families

Some "boys" will only wear dresses; some "girls" refuse to wear dresses; in both cases, as Ann Travers shows in this fascinating account of the lives of transgender kids, these are often more than just wardrobe choices. Travers shows that from very early ages, some at two and three years old, the
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by New York University Press
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rating: 4.5 stars

I don't feel like I'm trapped in the wrong body. It's more that I'm trapped in other people's perceptions of my body.

When I wrote my BA thesis on a fictional genderfluid teen character last year, I looked into academic literature and all kinds of articles on transgender children. Maybe I was just looking in the wrong place, but I found that most of these articles were written /about/ transgender children, but from an outsider's perspective. In that regard, this book was refreshi
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are times when I want to read a title purely because I know little about the subject it discusses. This is one of those times. I am interested in learning about the LGBTQIA+ identity in general, and felt that June was the perfect time to educate myself further, with it being LGBT Pride Month.

"The Trans Generation" highlights the obstacles that Trans youth have to overcome in life and the prejudice they face from a significant portion of the population. It is incredibly shocking and saddeni
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I’ve picked this book because I feel that there is a fair share of LBG books but the ‘T’ – transgender is perhaps less known among people outside the LBGT community.

The Trans Generation is a very informative and educational book about challenges and hardship that transgender and gender-noncomforming children face. The writing style of the book is quite unusual and rather academic. The book consists mostly of excerpts from interviews conducted by the author with the transgender kids and their pa
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: transgender
The Trans Generation is one of those books that I found fascinating, but hard to read at times - which is a shame, because there is some great information in it, along with some valuable insights, and some wonderful observations.

Early reviewers called the book passionate, smart, sensitive, compassionate, pragmatic, heartfelt, and honest, none of which I can disagree with. It is the "pleasure to read" accolades where I struggled. The book is written in a clinical style, presenting so much of the
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Trans Generation is a smart and compassionate book about various challenges faced by today's genderqueer youth. The heart of the book is comprised of a study concerning 20 young people from Canada and USA who are all, each in their own way, genderqueer (including, but not limited to, transgender and non-binary perspectives). The author interviews the kids and their parents, and uses
Kathy - Books & Munches
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s, read-in-2018
In today’s society, there’s always something going on concerning people’s gender, sexuality, race and… well, pretty much every other label or characteristic in existence. The Trans Generation focuses on one of those – being trans. As someone identifying as bisexual, I often feel like I should know more about other identities, other labels. Which is exactly why I decided to pick up this book.

Firstly, I’d like to point out I can’t judge any of the content in any way. I don’t identify as trans, nor
Moriah Conant
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book expertly navigates the trans conversation through a lens that we don't see often- the eyes of children and adolescents who identify as trans, nonbinary, or have gone through a gender transition. I live in Western Pennsylvania so most of the time this conversation is shut down a reference to religion or children not being old enough to think for themselves. This book was a refreshing change of pace.

The children and parents interviewed for the book have different opinions and perspective
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
If you or anyone you know is having difficulty with their assigned birth gender, this might be a good book to read. It is based on interviews with transgender young people aged 4-20 and their family members. It shows first-hand what it is like to grow up as 'transgender'. The book covers many different sub-topics, such as social change, racialisation, and childhood, just to name a few. It's great at raising awareness of transgender individuals, as well as showing the difficulties they face in th ...more
Queerly Reads
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"[I]ntended for a mixed audience of academics, students, trans people of all ages, family members and friends of trans kids, and those who care for and work with kids," this book is written in a tight, well-researched academic style that is clear, decisive, incisive, and practical.

Researched and written by an author who is themself trans, The Trans Generation cuts through a great deal of the mythology and seemingly endless debates about how to support trans and gender-non-conforming children by
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A deeply thought-provoking and academic read, and yet, still likely the best book on transgender issues I've read so far this year. Although the author would probably hate it being reduced to that.

The insights into the lives of current generation trans young people are invaluable, especially to those of us who are older/transitioned late in life and wonder what it would be like to be very young and trans right now. Some of the anecdotes hit very close to home.

The author handles everything with i
*thank you to Netgalley and NYU Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

Transgender is a word many of us are now familiar with. But how many of us really understand what that means? It was only about 10 years ago that I really started to pick up what it was but I still didn't have a clue really. I am very ashamed to admit that my thoughts on it were negative. It disgusted me. (I am in no way proud of thinking that and I need to add that I most definitely do NOT fee
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a parent of a trans young adult who is just beginning to face the hurdles that life in America as a trans person currently means, this book was so important for me to read. While I considered our family to be supportive and loving, I realized there is so much more we can do. My child has continually told me how lucky she is to be the white child of a middle class family, especially one with good health care coverage, and after reading this book, my heart breaks for those children who come out ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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I got an ARC of this book.

I expected this to be more lighthearted, feel good, memoir-ish. Instead it was very much a sociological and feminist view of transitioning for people under 18. It was academic and at times inaccessible for a great deal of the people that would want to read this book. I had difficulties focusing as it went so far beyond the kids into theory land that the kids felt more like props than real people. This felt especially true wh
Amy Dufera
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Trans Generation is an excellent resource for anyone looking to educated themselves about the trans community. It is written by a trans person, with a lot of research done, interviewing many people and families. It provides clear examples of the obstacles faced by trans people, especially children. It is not meant to be a fun or easy read, but rather informational.
Rhonda Lomazow
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An eye opening fascinating look at the world of young children who identify as trans.The effectbon them their families how they navigate the school their daily lives relationships.An important book should be available in schools & libraries.Thanks #netgalley #nyu pres
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebooks
Review also posted on my blog:

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This book has content warnings for discussions of transphobia/queerphobia, deadnaming, misgendering, bullying, abuse, and suicide, and for a graphic description of a trans child dying by suicide.

I usually get incredibly frustrated while reading academic work on trans people because most of the time it's littered with binarism and outdated/offensive terminology,
Goth Gone Grey
Academic yet compelling, a powerful read

The book opens with this:

"February 17, 1962: Toronto, Ontario. In the hospital, the doctor, in the usual way, tells my unwed mother, “It’s a girl.” Fifty-five years later, I bear both the psychological scars of the effects of the branding of me as a girl and eventual woman and the wrenching separation from my birth mother. In the story I tell about myself, I am unable to separate the sex assignment imposed on me from the sexism and misogyny that were my
Kathryn Davidson
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
The power of this book is in the words of the trans kids and their parents. I am grateful for their courage in sharing their stories. It highlights the pain caused by the rigid and polar view of gender that is constantly reinforced in the US and Canadian cultures in clothes, toys, bathrooms, sports, classrooms... (and the list goes on). Although this social construct is particularly painful for gender-nonconforming individuals (who are forced into artificially binary options to facilitate surviv ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018
I can't quite believe I actually got approved for this but I'm so thankful because I learned a lot.

This is an important and incredibly insightful book about trans children, their parents and the struggles they have to face. The kids and teenagers that participated in this study are from diverse backgrounds so this isn't just a story of white, middle-class trans people but race and class and nonbinary identities play a huge role as well. The children and their parents have very different experien
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Knowing nothing about "the Trans generation" and what it might be like growing up different in the current times, I wanted to read this to understand more and it certainly delivered. The book is educational and at times haunting, but I wouldn't say it is an "easy read". The stories are at times heart breaking and the book definitely makes you think about the fight these young people have to be accepted as how they choose/need to live. The fact that some identify as "other" from a very young age ...more
Annette Jordan
An informative and thought provoking book about what life is really like for transgender/genderqueer children or teens and their families. The author interviewed approximately 20 children and/or their parents across the USA and Canada, and taking their first hand experiences as a basis discusses a variety of issues including schools, sports, safe spaces in public buildings, supportive healthcare and the importance of parental and familial support for these particularly vulnerable young people an ...more
Laura Lacey
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a clever, academic look at the lives of transgender children and young adults in the US and Canada. Although it is a very academic work Travers imbues her writing with compassion and empathy for her subjects. She explores non-binary perspectives and looks forward to a world where the labels of boy and girl are less limiting and children, and adults, have greater freedom to smash stereotypes. This is a truly inter sectional work, Travers shows how being trans is just one aspect of a perso ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic, owned
I received an eARC from Netgalley for review, all opinions are my own.

Travers’ book allows the stories of trans* youth to be told, along with the challenges that appear through their life. The book is a real stand out from other similarly categorised books as Travers spent many years interviewing trans* youth and their parents from a large variety of backgrounds including age, race and socioeconomic class.

Children of today’s world may be raised in an environment more inclusive of gender non-con
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I 'm new to a lot of this info, so the book has been interesting for me to read. I'm still not sure I understand all the nuances out there, but this helped explain many of the questions I had concerning the LGBTQIA identity. There are other identities the book doesn't address that I am still seeking answers for. It's become a different world from when I was growing up. The gay/lesbian individuals I grew up knowing has branched out into more diverse groups than I could even imagine. It's fascinat ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Very good review on transgender children, their friends and family. Although i know what the term transgender means and know one person who is such, I never really thought about how they deal with some of the things that I read in this book. I always thought that any transgender person was/is very brave, because I could only imagine what they have to endure. This is a good book for any one who wishes to learn more about transgender children and thier life. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted this to have a different voice or tone. The academic study written for a wider audience didn't work for me. It was hard to develop a sense of each kid with their piecemeal info. I especially didn't get the decision to not call girls trans girls, but only obviously refer to their parents assigning them as a boy.
I guess I was looking for profiles, and instead the format split everything into themes.
My favorite section was about parent advocacy, especially how it wasn't only about protec
Sara Smith
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is based on a series of interviews and research done with transgender kids and their families in North America. It gives examples of things going in in various aspects of their lives such as school and medical settings. It doesn't give as much thorough case studies as I'd like, but it's a pretty worthwhile read.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eye-opening stories about what trans youth and their families have to go through, how marginalized society makes them. A very interesting book, but the depth and structure of the arguments make this for adults.
Mya Alexice
really important, really thorough, amazing qualitative work on the lives of transgender children.
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
For someone who;s new to reading books about this topic, I found this to be a well written and cited book for understanding what it's like for younger trans kids and their parents to navigate their sexuality, their gender, their bodies, the way they'll live their lives, coming to terms with what makes them happy and so much more. A lot of the information in this book is new to me. I may have watched a video or read an article here and there but nothing that's fully dedicated to the subject matte ...more
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