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Authentic identities

Two new books about transitioning genders highlight the importance of having these stories told by trans people

Soar, Adam, Soar

Rick Prashaw with Adam Prashaw

Dundurn

★ This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man

Lorimer Shenher

Greystone Books

TEN YEARS AGO, I read a book called Almost Perfect. The young-adult novel by Brian Katcher won some awards and was held up as a powerful, nuanced portrayal of a young trans person. But the reality did not live up to the book’s billing. Instead, it turned out to be a one-dimensional and highly fetishized portrait of a trans person’s life, one that was nevertheless repeatedly dubbed “realistic” and “affecting” by non-transgender readers possessing only a vague, mass-market understanding of trans experiences.

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