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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 1 edition (20 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787965472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787965471
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finding the Real Me is an extraordinary collection of real–life stories told by a wide–range of sex and gender diverse people. These healing tales of struggle and transformation reveal just how creative, resourceful, and adventurous the individuals in this community can be and also helps to bridge the gap between ignorance and understanding. As each incredible story unfolds we become part of the author′s journey to self–acceptance and join the celebration of their new life. Page by page, we laugh, cry, and learn to appreciate these wonderful courageous people and the road they walked to be their true selves. Finding the Real Me is a landmark book that encourages us to embrace diversity, to never fear our differences, and to remain always in awe of our amazing possibilities. "This groundbreaking selection of autobiographies gives loud and celebratory voice to the frequently hidden and ignored community of those with diverse sex and gender expression. An important and long overdue publication that is sure to illuminate and inform people of all genders who enter the realm of its pages." — Elizabeth Riley, general manager, Gender Centre, Sydney, Australia "If you ever doubted that transgender and transsexual issues cross national and cultural boundaries, this provocative collection of voices ought to be enlightening. The confidence, self–awareness, creativity, playfulness, and commitment to life that these people share in the face of invalidation, restriction, oppression, and even violence is absolutely inspiring. The personal is political; these voices raised in harmony prove it."— Jamison Green, educator and author, Becoming a Visible Man

About the Author

Tracie O′Keefe is a clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, and counselor in Sydney, Australia and professor of sex, gender, and sexuality at the Calamus International University. She is the author of the book Sex, Gender, and Sexuality. Katrina Fox is a freelance journalist and editor. O′Keefe and Fox are the coauthors of Trans–X–U–All

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GrrlAlex on 13 Oct. 2008
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A thoughtfully collected series of autobiographies from people who sit outside the basic gender binary. Intelligent; well balanced; moving: this book is an essential read for people exploring their own gendered identity as well as clinicians unfamiliar with transgender issues. In unpicking and deconstructing the basic heteronormative assumptions, this book will no doubt help to create the new discourses that are needed to move transgender into the main stream in the way that lesbian and gay issues had to in say the 1970's. Absolutely worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Powell on 18 Dec. 2010
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A beautifully chosen collection of life stories from individuals who do not fit the binary-gender norm. Unique in that it does not seek to take a certain direction or make a particular point. Rather the lives of these people stand alone, and the reader is left to be challenged and inspired as they will. This book made me rejoice again in the wonderful diversity, complexity and beauty of people in the world!
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By Lalusinda on 9 Aug. 2014
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The book is alright.
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Journey into your soul. 27 Oct. 2014
By Griffin Garcon - Published on
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This book I bought a long time ago and still re-read it. Why? The author correctly and is available to talk about called gender. This book shows strong respect for the transgender and deeply reveals the world of transgender people. However here every member of the LGBT will find something important and useful. The author herself has gone through many trials and therefore has the right to tell us about their experiences and about the fact that in any situation we can't give up. We must go forward, no matter what!
Nice collection of alternative gender stories 31 Aug. 2013
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This is a collection of first person narratives written by people of various trans and gender blends, so there is probably something relatable for everyone. A very enjoyable read!
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Intermediate Bought A Primer... 14 Jan. 2007
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I'm a bit ahead of the game, and so this book, while interesting, really didn't give me what I needed. I was hoping to get a more crystalized understanding of my gender dysphoria / gender identity disorder, but because the material was subjective, from a layman's perspective, and allegorical I really didn't find what I was needing. The book was an uplifting read that more and more individuals of the younger generations are now finding the courage, that it took me until age forty to find, to be the people they know they were born to be. If you want an in depth understanding of gender dysphoria I highly recommend "True Selves" (Brown & Rounsley, 1996) also available from
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Finding the Real Me 6 July 2008
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Watch out people! I ordered the book. When it arrived it "appeared" to be what I ordered. Instead, it had the correct cover enclosing a different book. I sent it back and asked for a replacement. Again, I got a different book with the correct cover. I was advised by an Amazon support person to send it back and get it somewhere else. I did send it back. I have not read it and can give no opinion on the book. Just the service.
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