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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask)

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Leading activist and essayist Brynn Tannehill tells you everything you ever wanted to know about transgender issues but were afraid to ask. The book aims to break down deeply held misconceptions about trans people across all aspects of life, from politics, law and culture, through to science, religion and mental health, to provide readers with a deeper understanding of ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 21st 2018 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Lou
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Trans (But Were Afraid To Ask), written and compiled by transgender advocate Brynn Tannehill, is an impressive and thoroughly informative read which lived up to its title and then some. I enjoyed that it was comprehensive but it may be off-putting to those looking for a lighter and less heavy approach. Unfortunately, the author does raise relevant points repeatedly which did become quite tiresome, and it felt more than just Ms Tannehill hammering points ...more
Rob Warner
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If all you know about gender is that everyone is either XX/vagina/girl or XY/penis/boy, you're provably wrong. And you owe it to the 1.4 million transgender people in the US to either learn the facts or keep your opinions to yourselves. Because the spread of misinformation is killing people. Literally.

This book is well-researched and presents the facts about being transgender. It's organized into chapters that address specific topics, such as: Transgender 101 (if you read nothing else, at least
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Janet
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

Leading activist and essayist Brynn Tannehill tell you everything you ever wanted to know about transgender issues but were afraid to ask. The book aims to break down deeply held misconceptions about trans people across all
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Stephie Williams
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brynn Tannehill has written I well needed book. It covers what being a transgender or gender non-conforming person is, what they are like, and the issues they face. She covers the basics in the first chapter and then goes into greater detail in chapter two. She then dives deeper into sex and dating, medical and mental health issues, flimsy science, law, politics, religion, the military, the media and popular culture, feminism, and a look at what the future might hold for this population.

I have
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Jana
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think this compiles a lot of basic (and further) knowledge that cisgender people might want to know about transgender people. The facts and sources it cites are very US-centric, but the information it gives is helpful and it's nice to have it all conveniently compiled in one book, which I think might lead to more people educating themselves by reading the book instead of having to search for details
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Rita
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I went into it not knowing what to expect and I must say that I've been pleasantly surprised.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) is a genius book. It is a well-researched look at transgender experiences and issues. The author, Brynn Tannehill, did such a fantastic job with the research. Her voice is great, straight to the point, and hooked me from page one. Even though
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Ellen Klock
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brynn Tannehill’s book truly lives up to the title, Everything You Wanted to Know About Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask). Full of questions, answers and explanations as well as statistics to back up the information, the reader is sure to satisfy their curiosity and develop some empathy for the transgender community. A leading activist, Tannehill dispels many myths surrounding this mostly misunderstood group which faces an uphill battle of acceptance. A part of the LBGTA community, transgendered ...more
Grady
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Transphobic myths debunked, replaced with well-researched and considered writing

Author Brynn Tannehill is a leading transactivist and essayist, having written for The New York Time, The Huffington Post, Bilerico, Slate, Salon, USA Today, The Advocate, LGBTQ Nation, and The New Civil Rights Movement as a columnist. This is her first published book and will most assuredly become the primary resource of information for transgender information – both for transgender people and for their families and
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Bookworm
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
It is LGBT History Month in the UK so it seemed like this would be helpful to knock a book off my to read list. This book reflects what it says on the tin: everything you wanted to know about transgender people. Author Tannehill gives us history, answers questions, breaks down myths, cites statistics on a very broad range of topics regarding transgender issues.

That's basically it. It covers the basics such as what it means to be transgender and terms to medical myths and misconceptions to
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Kristine
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) by Brynn Tannehill is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-November.

Tannehill realizes that most of the articles of their publishing career addressed what the trans community had to offer and educate others about themselves, so this book would serve as an impassioned, near-all-encompassing resource guide that puts truth to theory and myth (i.e. expression versus biology; that being trans is a matter of certainty, not a
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Drea Leed
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book replaces the confusing and conflicting opinions and "facts" about transgender people you see in the media with clear, scientifically based information that is thoroughly footnoted and referenced. It has everything from a chapter on "what is transgender?" and transgender myths and misconceptions , useful for those who don't know much about the topic, all the way to a detailed chapter on transgender legal policy, transgender people and medicine, and one on transgender people and ...more
Kelly
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible resource for people who are unfamiliar with trans issues or people with a general understanding who want to learn more. Brynn Tannehill puts a massive amount of well-researched information into a single volume. She explores common myths about transgender people, explains why media stereotypes are so detrimental to the fight for trans rights, and exposes the dishonesty and shoddy science behind anti-trans talking points.

The legal and religious chapters are especially
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Gara
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I am almost 65 years old, the sexual world I am aware of (boys/girls, boys/boys, and girls/girls) was turned upside down after reading this book. It opened my eyes to the sexual diversity that exists in our world, and hopefully opened my heart to a greater awareness. My political views are somewhat conservative, but I now have a new perspective as the author described the effect of certain legal decisions on this community. I plan trainings for non-instructional staff in my public ...more
Jess
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book because, although I have a pretty good and broad understanding of all things LGBT, I didn't know much about the specifics of Trans issues e.g. the scientific theories behind what causes Trans people to exist, and I also wanted to read a Trans person's first-hand experiences.

This book gave me loads of insight and taught me much more than I thought it would, I've passed it along to my Trans brother to read, and will then get my mum to read it, to help her understand her son's
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Daniel
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seemed like a good start for a cisgender person like me. I'm sure there's much more to learn in a macro sense, not to mention that the full spectrum of individual experiences cannot be captured by one book. But it was very worthwhile for me, especially so that I could avoid asking trans people in my life basic questions they are likely tired of answering. Often redundant, but I know that was done purposely to cover all the bases on each issue and dispel misconceptions.
Amanda
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this. Very thorough in its historical presentation and modern analysis, utilizes a lot of resources, and not overly academic. Anyone can pick this up and get a solid understanding of transgender people and the issues facing them today.
Shelly Koleva
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knowledge is power!

Really educational source on different issues.
Katherine
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very interesting and detailed book!
Jenna McCoy
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A must read for anyone wanting to understand what it is like in today's society bring Trans. A real eye opener for me.
Cathy
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book should be in every public library for people to take out and read. Well written and documented.
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