Some “boys” will only wear dresses; some “girls” refuse to wear dresses at all. In both cases, as Ann Travers shows in this fascinating account of transgender kids, these are often more than just wardrobe choices. From very early ages these children find themselves to be different from the sex category that was assigned to them at birth. How they make their voices heard—to their parents and friends, in schools, in public spaces, and through the courts—is the focus of this remarkable and groundbreaking book.
Based on over five years of research in Canad and the U.S., and interviews with trans kids and their parents, The Trans Generation offers a rare look into what it is like to grow up as a transgender child. Illuminating the day-to-day realities of trans kids who regularly experience crisis as a result of the many ways traditional sex categories regulate their lives, Travers offers an essential and important new understanding of childhood.
"Compassionate and pragmatic, this is the book about trans kids that every parent, teacher, coach, caregiver, and policymaker needs to read!" - Heath Fogg Davis, Author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?
"This volume stands as an important, readable survey and is likely to become a key text in transgender studies." Winnipeg Free Press
“By focusing on varying degrees of precariousness in children’s lives—primarily in school and in relation to pathologizing medical discourses and practices—Ann Travers makes a much-needed contribution to the scholarship on trans subjectivity generally, and trans youth in particular….a pleasure to read.” — Jane Ward, Author of Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men