Trans: Transgender Life Stories from South Africa
Ruth Morgan, Charl Marais & Joy Rosemary Wellbeloved
Publisher: Fanele, an imprint of Jacana
Media ISBN: 9781920196226
Pages: 244 pp
Currently, Trans is out of print, a copy is available for viewing in the Gala Library
Trans: Transgender Life Stories from South Africa takes the reader on a journey into the many worlds inhabited by transgender South Africans. The life stories recounted in this collection are both inspiring and compelling, and they reveal the courage and strength of each of the storytellers involved. The narratives detail the constant challenges of
living in a country that, despite its progressive constitution, is still host to myriad prejudices and misunderstandings when it comes to transgender people.
With more than twenty original voices, the book is a journal of shared experiences for trans people and a fascinating point of departure for interested members of the public. The contributors who transitioned, are transitioning or will transition; have all been actively involved in the process of making the book and have a great deal to say about their
personal experiences. Their illuminating and touching life stories are complemented by the extraordinary photographs by renowned photographer Robert Hamblin.
Many of the stories collected in Trans touch on the isolation that transgender people often feel in their communities. Transgender issues are a taboo subject for discussion, and are either ignored by the media or covered in an invasive, insensitive and sensationalist way. The stories here stress the need to provide accurate information, to counter negative stereotypes, to reduce discrimination and to provide transgender people with honest representations of their lives.