Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin

Available At: Pine Creek, Rampart

Categories: Cursing, LGBTQ+, Sexual

Description: “Six teens tell what it is like for them to be members of the transgender community.”

YA Label?: Unknown

Notes: This book, a collection of interviews with transgender or gender-neutral young adults, includes descriptions of sexual abuse of minors, and encourages sexual activity among young children.

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Page 8: “My Facebook page says “male—so happy I’m taking T [testosterone].”

Page 21: “I don’t think my mother told my dad about me wanting to transition. He knew I was butch lesbian and that I was dating girls because I was bringing girls to the house back in Thailand. But he didn’t know about me wanting to transition.”

Page 22: “Jessy went online to research transgender forums. The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, in Manhattan, has a program called HOTT, Health Outreach to Teens, which helps transgender teenagers transition. Jessy went to the clinic, ready to take the necessary steps to transition to male. Not so fast. Before Jessy could begin the physical process of transitioning, he had to go through sixteen
sessions of therapy. Sixteen? That would mean waiting four months.”

Page 26: “She prances around the train, singing: “l fucked a man up. Go get your pussy the fuck off the train.”

Page 47: “While everyone else my age is saving up for a car or a house, I’m saving up to look possible. I’m saving up for a vagina.”

Page 81: “He’s going to want to have sex with a trans girl, to see what it’s like, but at the end of the day, he’s going to put the ring on the genetic female.”

Page 82: “I can’t truly let myself go with him. I’ve been in bed with my boyfriend, but I never let him see it. Ever. I wear my panties the whole time when we’re intimate. And that really sucks because I can’t be fully intimate with him. I’m always worried he’s going to see it; he’s going to feel it.”

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