Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Gender Euphoria a collection of essays edited by Laura Kate Dale.
So often, the stories shared by trans people about their transition centre on gender dysphoria: a feeling of deep discomfort with their birth-assigned gender, and a powerful catalyst for coming out or transitioning. But for many non-cisgender people, it’s gender euphoria which pushes forward their transition: the joy the first time a parent calls them by their new chosen name, the first time they have the confidence to cut their hair short, the first time they truly embrace themselves.
Gender Euphoria seeks to show the world the sheer variety of ways that being non cisgender can be a beautiful, joyful experience. What each of the book’s essayists have in common are their feelings of elation, pride, confidence, freedom and ecstasy as a direct result of coming out as non-cisgender, and how coming to terms with their gender brought unimaginable joy into their lives.
This wonderful collection of inspiring essays has been an absolute eye-opener. It is filled with love, hope and positivity and I really felt something of what these contributors went through to get to their ‘Gender Euphoria’ moments.
As someone who was born a girl, has always wanted to be a girl and had the ease of being heterosexual it is amazing to gain this insight and walk in the shoes of others. To me the world is made up of a rainbow of humans – excuse me if that sounds the cheesy but I feel it sums up the beauty I find in diversity. Every single one of us is unique in our own way and this book celebrates all wonder that there is in being a human being. The stories are inspiring, moving and honestly written. Each and every one touched me in a different way but I have to say that ‘Becoming prom King’ was incredibly memorable. As a mother and someone who works with Teenagers and Young Adults I see how challenging navigating these difficult years can be – let alone if you don’t ‘conform’ to the image society generally has us in. I was incredibly touched by Oliver’s journey and I hope that those who were involved get to see just how much what they did meant to him. I hope it will also inspire others to Read it and you’ll understand but it showed the real power of doing something that shows care, acceptance and love. It can change a life.
Why do I think you should read this book? Because it shows you a slice of ‘real’ and it does it in beautiful technicolour. There is something here for everybody – you may see something of yourself within these pages or you may learn something about how humans thrive if they are allowed the freedom to be the person they want to be without fear or condemnation.
This book was such a joy to read and taught me so much about what it means to be human.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to Unbound for sending me a review copy. It has been a priviledge to take part and I hope this book lands in the hands of many, many readers.
About the editor
Laura Kate Dale
Laura Kate Dale is a full-time video game critic, video creator, podcaster and author. Her first book was Uncomfortable Labels, a memoir about growing up at the intersection of being a member of the LGBT community and living with autism, and she writes regularly on the theme of transgender rights and experience. She can be found tweeting at @LaurakBuzz, where she has over 53k followers.