Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult

Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult

by Skylar Kergil


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510723061
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 412,222
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Disclaimer vi

Speaking 1

"You Can Call Me Mike!" 4

Not Twins, but Close 6

Cross Country Doesn't Feel Super Far (When You're Six) 9

Cool Bike, Yo 11

Talent Shows in 1999 16

Tomboy 18

A/S/L? 34

Cancer 40

Blending In 42

JT 46

Peter Pan 49

Sneaking to Youth Pride in Boston 52

You Can't Always Get What You Want 55

Ice Cracks, Hearts Break 63

Unitarian Universalism 67

The Word: Transgender 72

Thinking, Thinking, Crying, Thinking, Hoping 77

Dissection and the Construct of Gender 80

Questioning While Certain 84

What Is a Name? 87

Coming Out 89

Transitioning Seems Expensive 94

Sixteen 98

A Circle, a Bird 100

Listen Up? 101

Gender Therapy 108

Gym Class 110

Parental Involvement 114

On Birds and Bodies 117

Full Speed Ahead 119

2008 129

Have You Hugged Your Kid Today? 136

Bathroom Bouncer 139

Getting Accepted into College: A Casual Miracle 142

"I'm an Obama Baby!" 145

Day One-January 21st 151

YouTube and Community 153

As Our Lives Change, Come Whatever 156

Stealth 159

Skylar Tucker Kergil: Legalized 166

Top Surgery 169

Coming Out Is a Lifelong Process 173

Scars 175

Sophomore Slump 177

Some Days It Feels Like 179

Kissing Is Just Like Falling Right on Someone's Face 181

Period 183

A Primary Care Physician, an Ultrasound Technician, and a Surgical Assistant 195

Bellybutton 202

Will I Die? 205

Daughters 208

Day of Silence 210

Why I Out Myself 213

Then Love Lets You Let Go 216

Re-Humanizing the Transmasculine Community 218

Inspiring Toward Wholeness 222

Moms 225

When People Aren't Kind 229

That Time I Almost Fist-Bumped Joe Biden 233

Tell Me a Story 237

Camping 239

"For a Moment, I Didn't Feel the Pain" 241

Conversation with Mom 244

Conversation with Dad 250

Conversation with JT 254

Resources & Inspiration 257

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Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an incredible book! I've gone to college with amazing indivuals who identify all over the gender spectrum. This book was powerful and a beautiful emotional roller coaster. I am so grateful for people like Skylar who are wonderful enough to share their story so honestly.