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Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place (A Transgender Memoir)

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An unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man.

When Jackson Bird was twenty-five, he came out as transgender to his friends, family, and anyone in the world with an internet connection.

Assigned female at birth and raised as a girl, he often wondered if he should have been bor
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Tiller Press
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Sleepless Dreamer
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
UPDATING THIS REVIEW BECAUSE I CAN'T BELIEVE I HAD TO WATCH THE PUBLISHING VIDEO TO REALIZE THAT THE NAME OF THE BOOK IS A HARRY POTTER REFERENCE

Is writing this review just an excuse not to study for Microeconomics? Absolutely but let's do this!

I've been following Jackson Bird for a while now. I do have to admit I probably haven't watched most of his videos, I'm not the most serious of followers but I've definitely binge-watched some of his stuff. That area of Youtube that's full of trans thin
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Kaethe Douglas
I am delighted I had the opportunity to read this. The odds of me bumping into it on my own were pretty slim: I am not well up on YouTube or podcasts or TED talks.
Bird is great at what he does: educate in a friendly, relatable, utterly non-threatening way on a topic probably everyone has questions about. This is a book one could recommend to any reader of any age, knowledge, or receptiveness. By staying firmly grounded in, well, the etiquette of supporting trans men and women as well as those wh
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Isaiah
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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I got an ARC of this book.

So there is nothing wrong with this memoir, but it just wasn't for me. I had no clue who Jackson Bird was before this book and in a few months, I may not even remember the name. This is not to say that his journey and his contributions to the queer community don't matter.

The book is very much trans 101. There were big breaks in the middle of chapters to explain some very basic terms. He gives these definitions beautifully.
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Sage
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this memoir - I was familiar with Jackson through the HPA and I’ve been meaning to read this for ages. My dear friend and I chose to pause in our HP reread, and are gonna read this for Pride Month instead! We haven’t officially started (I think...) but SORRY FOR STARTING/FINISHING IT BEFORE YOU 😂🥰
Susie
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I could not stop listening to this memoir. Jackson shared his challenging, and at times painful, journey with the same positive and informative voice that I heard in his YouTube videos when I watched them years ago.
Aleksandra
Very good audiobook narrated by the author himself about his life, growing up, facing internalized transphobia and dealing with body dysphoria, finding his career path and being his true self. I feel like it’s a good memoir to learn about trans experiences for a cis person (like myself) as well as to be seen and to learn for trans people or people questioning their gender.
I do appreciate that the author points that it’s just his story, it’s not a universal trans experience and as he is bi trans
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*Thank you to Julia Judge and Tiller Press for sending me an ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Christina
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of Sorted from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

After reading several "YouTuber" books over the years, it's safe to say Sorted by Jackson Bird is the most well written and researched one yet. Part memoir and part educational guide, Sorted is Jackson's story discovering that he is trans. As a viewer of Jackson's YouTube channel, this book helped me understand his journey in a new way, and have an even deeper respect for what he and other trans people face growing up a
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R
Jun 04, 2020 added it
this was a really great memoir and I'm so happy I read it! I found myself relating to parts of it since I'm transmasculine for all intents and purposes and I always love when that happens in memoirs. I look forward to watching Jackson's YouTube videos, since I didn't know he was a YouTuber until I read this book and I'm also really glad he narrated it himself. He did a wonderful job. ...more
Georgia (thefictionfolio)
Not going to review this one in any formal capacity because it felt way too personal, but wow. I'm having the best luck with memoirs this year. This was so moving and so eloquent and I'm so glad I read it! Both a brilliant insight into Jackson's very specific and personal trans experience, and into the wider experiences of the community -- especially navigating this within fan spaces, and under the watch of an internet following. ...more
Elias
This was a good listen but all of the harry potter stuff made me cringe so much
Lawrence
Jan 21, 2021 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
This was not the book for me. I transitioned a decade ago and have lately been hankering for a sense of history or community; I wanted to feel less like I am the oldest trans man in the world. This book is probably a comforting and accessible introduction to trans topics for a younger person and therefore likely does have a “right” audience.... but it made me feel like a miserable crone. Some of this is due to the writing, which has a cheerful immaturity to it; some is due to the author’s experi ...more
Bek Dawson
I highly recommend this book - especially for people who want or need more information about trans people. Obviously, this is just one person’s story, but the asides with explanations are well-done. Their placement in the story often helps to further clarify the elements they are explaining.

I personally did not need all of the basic explanations - but I went into the book knowing that I didn’t and knowing that they were there. I hoped that I could add it to my list of recommended reads for peopl
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Katelynne
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I followed Jackson for a bit before he came out - some of the events in the book I remember watching the videos on. I have really been fascinated by his journey and his videos have been a really good resource when dealing with the youth I volunteer with. I think I'll recommend this to other leaders I lead with because it provided some really good breakdowns of words to use and not use, some different things to consider as well as great resources.

I did not enjoy the big grey boxes breaking up so
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Holly
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
Jackson knows his brand and knows his target audience. This is a memoir for those who are questioning, confused, lost about what it means to be a trans man. Jackson is essentially writing the book he wished he had when he was younger. It's also an excellent book for those looking to be a better ally. Jackson's personal journey is interspersed with terminology, context, and recommended books/documentaries for those who are new to the trans community, who are unfamiliar with what it means to come ...more
Nev
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, lgbtqiap, nonfiction
Jackson Bird’s memoir is an extremely moving and informative book about realizing his gender identity and sexuality and the sometimes tumultuous path to self-acceptance and coming out. He takes great care to explain all of the terminology used so that the story is accessible to readers who don’t have much knowledge about trans terms or the greater LGBTQ+ community. I’ve seen some of Jackson’s YouTube videos over the years, so it was great to be able to read his book and learn more about his life ...more
PVLD Reads
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-nonfic
I really enjoyed this memoir. It is from a transgender male Youtuber I've followed for a few years, who creates content about Harry Potter, being queer and waffling random things. His memoir talks about growing up in Texas, and his gender identity struggles throughout the years. Much of the memoir made me feel validated in my own transmasculine experience.

This review brought to you by a 2020 Summer Reading Program patron
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Lauren Dandridge
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I was really looking forward to reading this, especially because of the dearth of stories from transmasculine people. But at the end of the day, I was pretty disappointed by it. It just didn’t feel like there was much depth to it. Jackson Bird’s story is of course a story that needs to be told - trans stories, and transmasculine stories specifically are too often left out of the mainstream. But that alone isn’t enough reason for me to love this book. It wasn’t particularly well written, and it s ...more
Reija
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, prior to this book I had no idea who Jackson Bird is and now I follow him on Youtube.
Success?
Lia
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqiap, non-fiction
It makes me so sad to read about his love for Harry Potter and to think how devastating it must have been / must be to learn how much of a transphobe JKR is..
Josephine
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and inspiring!!!
Kathy
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a person who is cisgender (I believe that is the right term, I'm sill learning), I will never full understand what a person goes through who is transgender. But I am trying and this book helped so much. Jackson Bird not only shares his struggles in questioning his identity and sexuality, but also his struggles in finding answers to all his questions. He, like so many others like him, questions so much about himself, but then also has to try to figure out what all his questions even mean. And ...more
Sim ✨(wholesimreads)
🚫 no rating [idk for the first time in my life, it feels weird to ‘rate’ someone’s memoir]
✔️ 20. A book with a pun in the title

This was raw, unflinching, informative and addressed Jackson’s transition and the many facets of his life. As a cisgender person, I learnt so much and saw value in every thought, feeling and idea he brought forward.

The only thing that irks me is how much Harry Potter and JK Rowling are referenced in light of recent events. I love that the wizarding world played such a hu
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Sean Whatshisface
Mar 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I really struggle with trans memoirs/biographies. They can be extremely upsetting for me, as my own trans experience has so rarely matched with others'.... and while the early years of Bird's life do not match with my own, a lot of his lived experiences (particularly with regard to his gender and sexual identity, and the misinformed conflict between the two) resonated so strongly with me that it brought me to tears. Ultimately this is a beautiful story of a man finding himself, and I can't recom ...more
Paige
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic blend of memoir and educational - with a great sprinkling of HP throughout. I appreciated the depth, and the acknowledgement of others' experiences Jackson doesn't share (trans women, people of color, etc). It was truly well done, and I loved how the educational pieces were short enough to be accessible to the general public. ...more
Bradley
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun to read memoir. I tore through it in 2 days, which is not something I often do. As an older cis dude, I came to this with some misconceptions, and by Jackson sharing his journey in such an interesting way I feel like I have a better understanding.
Bayley
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to buy my finished copy of this book if preordering if your jam than 100% go and do that right about now.
This is the kind of memoir that makes me remember why my fantasy, science fiction, and YA farce loving self also sort of thinks non-fiction might be the best genre. When a true story, on any scale, is written well with a cohesive narrative, it completely kicks ass.
Sorted is a memoir following Jackson Birds life through the lens of gender. The narrative is so tight, funny, an
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K
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I am clearly not the target demographic for this book, but there were plenty of things about it that work. This is a Trans 101 book for a younger crowd (and their friends and family) as compared to, say, books by Dan Lavery or Jordy Rosenberg. It's incredibly straightforward to the point that the narrative is repeatedly broken up for informative 101 boxes of info on everything from pronouns to pregnant trans men. In addition, Jackson provides resources at the end of the book for furth ...more
Matt Beckwith
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I first learned about Jackson Bird when I started listening to the Kottke Ride Home podcast after hearing about it on the Tech Meme Ride Home podcast. I subscribed while listening to it for the first time. I loved the style of the show (true Ride Home style) and really enjoyed the host and his own style.

After listening for a few months, I looked him up to learn more about his background. I had no idea he had a popular YouTube channel, that he is a transgender person or that he documented much of
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Enne
4 stars

First things first: please take all my ratings of memoirs with a grain of salt because I'm rating purely based on the reading experience I had with this one and not the merit that I think it holds because that's really not at all for me to decide.

With that out of the way, I thought this was a really well-written memoir! I also think it's a good place to start if you're trying to get started on reading more books by trans people, especially if you're cis. I think this does a good job of
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Jackson Bird is a writer, internet creator, and LGBTQ+ advocate dedicated to demystifying the transgender experience by sharing his and others’ stories online. You can hear some of those stories on his podcast, Transmission, as well as on his YouTube channel, jackisnotabird. A TED Resident and Speaker, Jackson’s TED Talk “How to talk (and listen) to transgender people” has been viewed over a milli ...more

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