Know the T in LGBT

Published: June 9, 2014

Kirstin Cronn-Mills, winner of this year’s ALA Stonewall Award for her YA novel Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, will be signing her newest YA nonfiction title, Transgender Lives (TFCB, Fall 2014), at the Lerner Publishing Group booth (#623) at ALA-Las Vegas at the end of this month. Be sure to stop by the booth on Sunday June 29 between 10:00 and 11:00 am to meet Kirstin!

In the meantime, here are some thoughts from Kirstin about her new book in the context of this month of LGBT Pride:

During this month of Pride, the acronym “LGBT” or “GLBT” is a phrase we hear a lot.  If you unpack the letters, you know that the LG and B (lesbian, gay, and bisexual) relate to sexual orientation—the people we love.  The T, on the other hand, is about gender.  The label “transgender” describes an enormous range of experience and gender identities. Lots of people with lots of genders and gender expressions choose to describe themselves with this word.  But gender identification and expression is separate from sexual orientation; gender has to do with how we see ourselves, not who we see ourselves partnered with. For this reason, many people question whether it makes sense to lump gender and sexual orientation into one acronym. The verdict is still out. Ten different LGBT individuals are likely to have ten different answers for you.

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