Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Book Review: 'Yes, You Are Trans Enough: My Transition from Self-Loathing to Self-Love' by Mia Violet

‘Transphobia is still epidemic in the media and in our society’

British author Mia Violet is a bisexual trans woman who turned her love of oversharing and analysing everything to death into fuel for her writing career. She uses her sense of humour and passion for helping others to write about queer issues and positive thinking. She also draws deeply from her own experiences of going from a miserable grump to an excitable ball of glitter.

The pleasure of reading Mia’s book is her warmly insightful and humorous manner of relating the trials and struggles she faced form childhood on to her decision at age 26 when she confronted the reality of her transgender status. Yes books have been written before about the subject but rarely have they risen to the level of realism and intelligent communication as Mia’s little book. 

Even the book’s synopsis expresses this well (surely Mia had a hand in writing it!) – ‘This is the deeply personal and witty account of growing up as the kid who never fitted in. Transgender blogger Mia Violet reflects on her life and how at 26 she came to finally realise she was 'trans enough' to be transgender, after years of knowing she was different but without the language to understand why. From bullying, heartache and a botched coming out attempt, through to counseling, Gender Identity Clinics and acceptance, Mia confronts the ins and outs of transitioning, using her charged personal narrative to explore the most pressing questions in the transgender debate and confront what the media has gotten wrong. An essential read for anyone who has had to fight to be themselves.’

This book is not only an imperative read for those who are confronting their transgender status, but also for all people who are in the huge spectrum of gender variation – LGBTQI. The reason for that recommendation is the manner in which Mia explains the modalities of assistance in making decisions and finding community in all the variations of gender identity. Highly recommended. 

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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