Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender by Kit Heyam

Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender

Kit Heyam

343 pages first pub 2022 (editions)

nonfiction gender history lgbtqia+ informative reflective medium-paced


Today's narratives about trans people tend to feature individuals with stable gender identities that fit neatly into the categories of male or female. Those stories, while important, fail to account for the complex realities of many trans people's...

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informative 97%
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challenging 35%
inspiring 31%
hopeful 22%
emotional 18%
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adventurous 1%
dark 1%
funny 1%
tense 1%


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