It is essential that everyone reads this book.
If you have transgender friends and want to know more about their struggle of identity: read this book.
If you don’t know anyone who is trans but want to know more about that side of the universe: read this book.
If you like autobiographies: Read this book.
If you like music: Read this book.
If you like Against Me! : Read this book.
If you don’t know who the hell Against Me! is then, you got it: Read this book.
If you are human and want to human better: Read this book.
I literally just want to Oprah the hell out of people and go around handing this out.
Because honest to God: This book is so well written, so poignant for our time, and so touching and honest and brutal, and watching the journey Laura Jane Grace has taken is so raw and beautiful and *mindblown emoji*.
Now, I’ve never fully listened to Against Me! (at the time and I listened throughout the book as the music was suggested or mentioned by the author and now I am a fan), my friend (who has been a fan for awhile) read this book and it spoke so hard to his soul that if he was a violent man he would’ve thrown it at me and told me to read it.
Instead he forked it over after adamantly stressing how amazing this book is and then whispered “Goooooo reeeeeeead.” in my ear.
Okay, he didn’t do that last part. Well, not in my ear anyway, I am a violent person and would’ve punched him for being creepy.
I cannot imagine the life and struggle and guilt and relief and stress and secrecy and then finally openness it takes to be a transgender person. They go through so fucking much that I, as a CIS woman, will never have to go through or fully understand or be able to gage on any sort of yard stick.
But I can take my white privilege and my CIS privilege and quite frankly, my Canadian privilege, and do better about stepping into someone else’s shoes. I can take the time and see what’s up with other genders and beyond.
I can check in on my fellow humans.
Because that’s all we all are. A bunch of meat sacks running around trying to figure shit out.
Laura Jane Grace (and I will continue to use her full name here because she fucking EARNED it.) is a beautiful writer, musician, and human. This book is now a part of my heart and I need it to be a part of others hearts too.