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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Bramley Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (20 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957132514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957132511
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, academic, author, artist, artisan and social activist. Research and clinical interests in transgender and adult ADHD and personal interests in the ideals of social justice, equality and challenging oppression, particularly with regard to gender and sexual minorities. Personal passions beyond my work (about which I'm passionate) will see me working on my vintage fairground lorries - one of which still takes my hoopla stall out in the summer.

Queering The tranny was my first full book and was aimed at an academic market - it arose from a research project I did as part of my MSc. The research journey challenged a lot of what I thought I knew about sex and gender, and the purpose of the book was to help take a new message out for folk to find a more infomred way of understanding a phenomenon that has existed for ever and yet for a long time created so much distress. Reactions to the book suggested that reworked it had much broader appeal and a new publisher has taken it on leading to the revision and publication of the new edition.

The revised and updated second edition has been re-branded and the material reworked with additional chapters and a focus more suited to a general readership. Grrl Alex: A Personal Journey to a Transgender Identity now replaces QTT. In writing this book, I hope to add to the voices promoting more diverse ways of expressing gender, broadening the bandwidth and allowing people to live more honest and free lives in a society that can respect diversity and embrace creativity. It's an emotional read and one that will appeal to anyone interested in extraordinary life stories.

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A ground-breaking new book that offers a fascinatng insight into the world of a transgender person, from earliest memories to adulthood and told through a deeply personal narrative blending formal academic research with autoethnography in a highly readable text. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Author

This is the re-edited and updated version of my earlier book Queering
the Tranny'.  Whilst that edition was aimed primarily at the academic
and clinician market it became clear that many outside of the helping
professions were enjoying the insight into an extraordinary life-story.
So, now with a new publisher the material has been reworked to give this
book appeal to this much broader audience. With additional chapters and
the academic element pushed to the back of the book, it still retains
the educative quality but the emphasis has been to provide a highly
readable and enjoyable text that offers powerful insight into the world
of a transgender person. It's a story that is deeply moving and in
places highly emotive, but ultimately one that speaks of the struggle
for identity that is core to the human condition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roxy on 1 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I am currently a counselor in training and found this book an engaging + thought provoking read. It challenges the concept behind what it means to identify as Trans and wide spectrum of possibilities on the transgender spectrum. It is well research and referenced. It is a great mix of Alex's personal experience with theory, which creates questions about our own definitions of Trans. It is essential reading for any professional working with these issues as well as engaging for Trans individuals on a personal level. Your bookshelf will be lonely without it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clydach on 13 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I always approach academic explanations with a sigh of tolerance, of having to get the job done as it were, but I was pleasantly relieved to find the first part of this book very easy to read and understand, a great boon to people who have to read of lot dry stuff. The second part is simply a pleasure, amusing, touching and presented in such a way that those who have little or no transgender knowledge can get a glimpse of what life is like in the transgender world.

Bravo.... a nice book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Fittock on 6 Jun. 2011
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A refreshing perspective, on what is a very misinformed subject. Many of Alex's references to his own journey, are very similar to my own, and that also goes for his efforts to blend his male and female sides.
This book has helped to empower me in my own efforts to normalise my way off being as a biological male, with a strong feminine side. The only way for society to change for the better, is for people like ourselves to come out of hiding, and to mix with the rest of humanity, in a wholesome way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Feb. 2012
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Grrl Alex is another take on the internal complexities of gender identity outside of the expected norm. He writes about his own fears and doubts as he swims off into the troubled waters of being gender different. These experiences resonate with my own when I first came onto the stage of life in a feminine persona. I think it's always useful to hear that we are not alone, and our feelings resonate with others, and for those who are not informed of the developments in gender identities, the understanding that there is not just a simple woman/man binary but a range as wide as imagination, it would be useful too.

The personal journey to a transgender identity is good for those who are looking for self acceptance in being somewhere in the middle, so essential for many who look for certainty in a shifted identity and find none.It shows that there is a place for us all.

It's good for those who are stepping out of the box into another gendered world that Alex gives good space for the intellectual, gender theory side of things, which gives the whole thing a reality and legitimacy that is sometimes lacking in a world of misunderstanding and scorn.

The different destination in a personal journey that I have come to, as a transsexual woman who lives easily in society and travels the world in my permanent and untroubled female role is a place that might be worthy of some further work. The journey can go on to other places where the sun shines.

But good for you, Alex, standing up and being counted, making a real difference with therapists who live in mystery of things transgender, and giving hope to those who are struggling with flexible identity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria Rigby on 16 Jun. 2011
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This is an important book. Alex Drummond has made an academic study of why men dress as woman and pulled together significant pieces of research to show this aspect of humanity through a different lense. This book gave me the opportunity to experience something of another life and in so doing, added to my knowledge of what it is to be human. And, not to get too over-the-top about it, but increased understanding? That's where peace begins. This book is funny, moving and deeply, deeply illuminating. Walk with Alex as he takes his first, precarious steps out - in 4" heels - as a fully clothed, made-up, groomed girl. Alex Drummond documents each foray, in girl-time, with such breath-taking honesty, and in such detail, that I felt his fear, clenched my stomach muscles with his courage, and smiled inwardly when warmth was returned. When each journey concluded, following happy encounters and normality, I cheered. Some very serious ideas are explored in this book and he asks important questions - of us all. Reading this has caused me to reappraise my view of the world. I commend it to anyone who is interested in growing as a human being. I loved it and look forward to the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Schemata2 on 6 Jun. 2011
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This book is one of a kind. Written in accessible and understandable language which gives up to date, properly researched current information for therapists but also has a very human, touching side in the authors own personal experience of life for transgender people.
Makes for a clear understanding of the difficulties faced by anyone who doesnt 'fit in the box' society imposes. The authors personal experience enables him to write with humor and clarity about the trials and battles, the fears and finally the courage needed to 'come out' in public dressed as he wishes. This book has enabled me to understand that even as therapists we often make assumptions about people based purely on their manner of dress and has certainly enhanced my own working practice.
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