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It’s appalling that this sexually explicit book is available in our public library on the shelves for youth and marketed to our children at all, and it should be removed from every public library!
"Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out is an explicit book which is being promoted in the youth sections of local libraries.
The book contains explicit language, violent acts, and graphic descriptions of oral sex carried out by children as young as 6 years-old.
Written mostly in first-person, transgender people share their journeys without mentioning the illegal nature of their activities or the consequences of certain behaviours.
“From six up, I used to kiss other guys in my neighbourhood, make out with them, and perform oral sex on them. I liked it. I used to love oral. And I touched their you-know-whats. We were really young but that’s what we did.”
The account goes on to describe paedophiles masturbating. The author does not qualify that the acts were harmful or illegal.
Descriptions of violent behaviour include pushing over a pregnant teacher. The author writes, “I know it was wrong but….” – as if their anger were a justification for their actions.
Kirralie Smith, spokeswoman for Binary, found the book extremely disturbing.
“These stories are being promoted to young people who may not have the capacity to judge whether this is good or bad behaviour. And despite the illicit nature of their accounts, each concludes by celebrating their transition.
“Such material has no place in tax-payer funded libraries and should certainly never be promoted to children.” https://www.binary.org.au/transgender_book_describes_oral_sex_by_a_6_year_old
Not a favorite of mine. While I do think it was a great idea to highlight different transgender teens and show how fluid gender can be, I do not think this book was as great as it could be. I really felt as though this book was missing a lot of crucial pieces to people wanting to understand the transgender teen experience or even for transgender teens to see others like them. Overall, I really was not impressed.
I loved this books deals with teens on that are transgender. each chapter is a story/interview about the teens and the lives. I like how it went beyond the basic FTM and MTF, stories and included other ways of being trans.
I thought this book did a great job of presenting a diverse group of trans young people - various racial and socioeconomic backgrounds were featured, as well as a variety of gender identities and sexualities. I also appreciated the respect it showed for the privacy of the people who were interviewed and the way transition was presented as self-actualization rather than transformation or performance. It manages to be personal but not voyeuristic.
This book highlights the fact that "transgender" means something different to each person who identifies with the word. There are so many types of trans and this book does a great job telling the stories of teens all over the "spectrum" of trans identities.
A valuable, and very readable, resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the real lives of transgender and genderqueer teens.
This book is long overdue. It is written and photographed with love and sensitivity about an important subject matter for teens, their families, their friends, and for all people who wish to understand this topic better. I congratulate the author for her inspirational work and her gift of candor and power.