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Stand-Up for Yourself Paperback – 24 Jun 2014
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I laughed out loud at various parts where I could see what was coming having been there myself.
I recommend it to all trans people whether stating out or having completely transitioned - as well as anyone else involved with them including family, friends, work colleagues, support workers/ therapists or just those curious about what's involved in taking this path!
Shelley Bridgman's book is testimony to unparalleled Courage, Triumph and Inspiration. Its beyond what most of us possess, ever have to cultivate or express.
What she shares can only be a taste of the very real suffering and lessons she's gleaned, yet it was more than enough to leave me feeling humbled and for her willingness to share, so honestly, my absolute respect.
Born into a boy's body, only feeling as if she was a girl...her early life was destined to be a ferocious battle of self loathing and denial.
Where she takes us, her journey, to where and who she is today...leaves the reader in no doubt as to what a special individual she is and the enormity of her Calling.
To live in a state of 'entrapment' is one of humanities most untenable challenges. To endure, and even mature, because if it, and then be the catalyst to 'springing the chains of one's trap' (for others too) is therefore one of our greatest feats.
Such accomplishments begin to introduce to you 'The Sheroe' who is Shelley Bridgman.
On a lighter note, I loved the quotes (many are my favourites), the comedy anecdotes and the travel stories. Of all, the one that most 'viscerally remains' is of Shelley sleeping in the rainforest...the surprising total silence of the night and the deafening cacophany of the morning chorus. She had me want to rush to my nearest rainforest, halfway across the world!
lt's my deep desire that this book positions Shelley globally as the authority and expert she is on 'Transgender Issues'.
May it also bring Shelley beautyfull opportunities, abundance and love much deserved.
It is a fabulous read; amusing, fascinating, inspirational and brave. I particularly enjoyed the clever way Shellley uses imaginary conversations with her own well known heroes/sheroes to add a clever and different slant to the book. She made me laugh, made me weep and, for me, most importantly, made me think! Shelley has led a fascinating life and shares her journey in an open but understated way that thoroughly entertained, educated and inspired me.
This is a book I will go back again and again.
Thank you Shelley, great book and took me to a level of human understanding and thoughtful process that makes a difference. Oh and funny in places too.
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