Brutally honest examination through the FtM transitioning journey

transmissioncover120746-mediumTrans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a brutally honest and at times painfully introspective examination of the process of transitioning FtM from young British YouTuber Alex Bertie.

For Alex, living in the UK, the journey has been a long process from the gradual realisation that he felt different and wrong in his skin and assigned at birth gender, to the struggle to get into the NHS system to start his transition.

But he also acknowledges that its been an easier process than it would be elsewhere in the world and it’s this wider awareness of attended to educate which is prevalent throughout the book.

With insights from his mum as well about what it’s like to be the parent of a transgender child, this book should be on the shelf of every library and school in the UK.

It uses easily understandable language and simple explanations to lay bare the hugely emotional and physical changes Alex has gone through and makes no excuses for the struggles he still deals with.

I’d advise anyone who wishes to be an ally to the trans community to pick it up because, although it focuses on female to male transitioning, it also contains a lot of really sensible advice for anyone interacting with those questioning their gender or sexual identity.

#ARC received from the publishers Hachette Children’s Group/Wren & Rook via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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