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Beyond Magenta

By: Susan Kuklin
Narrated by: Tanya Eby,Nick Podehl,Todd Haberkorn,Roxanne Hernandez,Janina Edwards,Nancy Wu,Marisol Ramirez
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"I’ve always loved my body, and now I love it even more because it fits how I feel." - Jessy

"Learn your pronouns because I don’t want to have to slap somebody tonight." - Christina

“Transition? Everyone goes through one kind of transition or another. We go through transitions every day. Except mine is maybe a little more extreme." - Mariah

"Being trans is not the next step to being gay. They are similar in that they are both breaking gender rules." - Cameron

"When people say I look male or female, it messes up my head. - Nat

"My family was okay with me being gay, but trans was a different issue for them. I think a lot of it was because they had no experience with it." - Luke

In Beyond Magenta, six teens tell what it is like for them to be members of the transgender community.

©2014 Susan Kuklin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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More books like these, please!

I bought a copy for myself, but after reading it I feel energized enough to buy a hardcover and start the first LGBTQ library at the high school where I work. Books that stay true to the experiences of young people must be made readily available to all youth and the adults that love them!

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Mesmerizing

This was beautiful. I thank these people for telling their stories. Letting me know that I'm not alone.

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One bad story ruins the book.

Loved the first story about Jessy. Second story about Christina was good. Story #3 "Mariah: the real deal" really threw me for a loop. Descriptions of an upbringing with little parental/guardian guidance and extremely early sexual encounters (age 6) left me disgusted that this book didn't come with a warning. I'm extremely open about sexuality and a proponent of destigmatizing sexual subjects amongst sexually mature adults. But the sexual acts described amongst young children was revolting and I would like my money back. Recommend first two stories, but NOT Mariah's story. Her story is JUST the ammunition anti-LGBTQ+ people look for to smear Pride as being detrimental to young people. Can't believe the author included such a story in an otherwise great book. With that story in the mix, the book CANNOT be recommended.

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informative book, unfortunate narration

it was an informative book. It gives a look at the transgender experience without dramatizing it. I disliked the choice of voice actors and that detracted from the believability of the narrative for me. I especially disliked the voice used for the narrator. I would have preferred to have read the book instead of listening because of this.

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Open & Frank Teens Share Their Stories.

I am grateful to the teens who shared their stories in this book. They bared themselves in such a beautiful way. They allowed themselves to be vulnerable and real which allowed me to feel and think. Unfortunately the narration isn't write. The male voice is too mature. He doesn't sound like a teen. It removed me from the story and sometimes confused me.

I did hope for more depth -- more analysis of what they feel and think, and what they need from those around them. I was hoping for an outline of what transgender teens need from their mothers, aunts, grandmothers. My expectations were probably too high, but if your expectations are similar you may feel the same.

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Quite informative!

I have a grandchild who recently came out as non-binary. This can be difficult for even the most caring, progressive, and understanding person to fully comprehend if they are cis-gender and heterosexual. Hearing what was going on inside with these young people made some of it more understandable, even though their stories were quite different from one another; both in their life history, experience of themselves, AND the responses from friends/family. I would recommend this book to anyone who is transphobic so that they may understand that trans kids (and adults) are really not much different from anyone else…we all just want to be valued and accepted for who we are. I would DEFINITELY recommend it to anyone who is generally attempting to understand the thoughts and perceptions of (at least these) trans people.

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Heartfelt

I'm gay and I learned a ton of stuff I never knew before! I respect everyone, no matter the color of their skin or their sensuality. I've never understood how a gay person could be prejudice.

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Great Book for Transmen and Transwomen

The narration varies on the stories. For me, it brought up a lot of feelings so it was a slow finish. The content of the stories was great! I just wish they labeled them with the FTM, or MTF on some of them. There's even an Intersex story. But you can't tell which by the chapter headings.

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Great book

It was great to hear the perspective of all of the teens and there experience of being transgender.

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Great, not quite excellent.

Getting an honest, sometimes gritty and even disturbing window into the reality of these lives is illuminating. They are not sanitized and polished accounts for daytime TV.

Something that would definitely improve the overall book would be some additional medical and legal explanations and clarifications.