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Finding the real me : true tales of sex and gender diversity
O'Keefe, Tracie.
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, [2003]

Physical Description:
xx, 293 pages ; 23 cm
Paradox is paradise for me / Cynthya Briankate -- Lessons of life / Nero -- A rose in bloom / April Rose Schneider -- A journey to androgyny / Norrie May-Welby -- Bad hair days : the story / Rebecca J. Dittman -- Robyn's journey / Robyn Walters -- Japan : a sexually unique country / Masae Torai -- So, which one is the opposite sex? : the sometimes spiritual journey of a metagender / Phillip Andrew Bernhardt-House -- A personal transsexual perspective of transition / Sarah J. Rutherford -- Peter's story / Peter Hb̃erle -- The headache is in your head / Tucker Lieberman -- Reflections of a pagan heart / Laura Anne Seabrook -- Time for a good transgender story / Kam Wai Kui -- Melanie : my story / Melanie McMullan -- Confessions of a she-male merchant marine / Vera Sepulveda -- Dream on, and don't wake up to the nightmare of reality / Natalie Murphy -- Jack's story / Jack Powell -- Tracy's story / Tracy Deichmann -- The second transition / Christine Burns -- An other gendered boy / Joe Samson -- Masks and redemptive transformation / Jennifer Fraser -- Rikki's story / Rikki Arundel -- The constructed life / E. Tristan Booth -- A journey to self-acceptance / Andy Colson -- The never ending tango / katrina c. rose -- Butch : a work in progress / Jay Copestake.
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Finding the Real Me is an extraordinary collection of real-life stories told by a wide-range of sex and gender diverse people. These healing tales of struggle and transformation reveal just how creative, resourceful, and adventurous the individuals in this community can be and also helps to bridge the gap between ignorance and understanding. As each incredible story unfolds we become part of the author's journey to self-acceptance and join the celebration of their new life. Page by page, we laugh, cry, and learn to appreciate these wonderful courageous people and the road they walked to be their true selves. Finding the Real Me is a landmark book that encourages us to embrace diversity, to never fear our differences, and to remain always in awe of our amazing possibilities.

Author Notes

Tracie O'Keefe is a clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, and counselor in Sydney, Australia and professor of sex, gender, and sexuality at the Calamus International University
Katrina Fox (right) is a freelance journalist and editor

Table of Contents

Cynthya BrianKateNeroApril Rose Schneidernorrie mAy-welbyRebecca J. DittmanRobyn WaltersMasae ToraiPhillip Andrew Bernhardt-HouseSarah J. RutherfordPeter HaberleTucker LiebermanLaura Anne SeabrookKam Wai KuiMelanie McMullanVera SepulvedaNatalie MurphyJack PowellTracy DeichmannChristine BurnsJoe SamsonJennifer FraserRikki ArundelE. Tristan BoothAndy ColsonKatrina C. RoseJay Copestake
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Glossaryp. xviii
Paradox Is Paradise for Mep. 1
Lessons of Lifep. 11
A Rose in Bloomp. 19
A Journey to Androgynyp. 30
Bad Hair Days: The Storyp. 43
Robyn's Journeyp. 55
Japan: A Sexually Unique Countryp. 68
So, Which One Is the Opposite Sex? The Sometimes Spiritual Journey of a Metagenderp. 76
Being Human: A Personal Transsexual Perspective of Transitionp. 88
Peter's Storyp. 98
The Headache Is in Your Headp. 103
Gallae, or Reflections of a Pagan Heartp. 115
Time for a Good Transgender Storyp. 126
Melanie: My Storyp. 137
Confessions of a She-Male Merchant Marinep. 147
Dream On, and Don't Wake Up to the Nightmare of Realityp. 158
Jack's Storyp. 168
Tracy's Storyp. 179
The Second Transitionp. 188
An Other-Gendered Boyp. 203
Masks and Redemptive Transformationp. 209
Rikki's Storyp. 220
The Constructed Lifep. 231
My Purple Aura: A Journey to Self-Acceptancep. 242
The Never Ending Tangop. 253
Butch: A Work in Progressp. 263
Resourcesp. 275
The Editorsp. 281
The Authorsp. 283