At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces

At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces

by Mary Collins, Donald Collins

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Overview

In this collaborative memoir, a parent and a transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity.

As a parent, Mary Collins didn’t agree with her trans son’s decision to physically alter his body, although she supported his right to realize himself as a person. Raw and uncensored, each explains her or his emotional mindset at the time: Mary felt she had lost a daughter; Donald activated his “authentic self.” Both battled to assert their rights. A powerful memoir and resource, At the Broken Places offers a road map for families in transition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807088357
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 215,095
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mary Collins worked for twenty years as a freelance writer and editor for a range of clients, including the National Geographic Society and Smithsonian Institution. She is currently a professor of nonfiction at Central Connecticut State University.

Donald Collins is a trans advocate, writer, and recent cum laude graduate of Emerson College. His culture and commentary writing has appeared in PopMatters, Salon, and Next Magazine, among others.

Table of Contents

Authors’ Notes

Introductions

Pronouns and Body Parts
SON: Who Wears the Pants?
MOTHER: Mismatch

Endings and Beginnings
MOTHER: Mapping Modern Grief
SON: Birds of Spring

Sharing our Story with Others
SON: Donald Has Something He Would Like to Tell the Class
MOTHER: Disclosure

Rights
MOTHER: Right(s)
SON: Hidden Fees

A Story Exchange
Parent Story Exchange
Transgender Youth and Professionals Story Exchange

Donald’s Reading List

Acknowledgments

Sources

A Note from the Series Editor

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