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Foreword, 2016 / by Jamison Green Foreword, 1997 / by Jamison Green Acknowledgements New Introduction Original Introduction Part I: First Questions 1. Have Female-to-Male Transsexuals Always Existed? 2. Theories about Transsexualism Part II: Childhood Years 3. Finding Out about Gender: Theories of Childhood Gender Acquisition 4. Family Scenes 5. Who Would Want to Be a Girl?: The Women (and Girls) in Participants' Families 6. Men Rule: The Men (and Boys) in Participants' Families 7. Lessons Learned at Home: Summary of Family Relationships 8. Childhood Friends and Foes: Relationships with Non-Family Members Part III: Adolescence 9. Adolescence Is about Change 10. Crises at Puberty 11. Adolescent Friendships 12. Women Are Different: Relationships with Female Relatives 13. Access Denied, Restrictions Apply: Relationship with Male Relatives 14. Looking for Love, Groping for Identity: Adolescent Sexuality 15. Concluding Adolescence Part IV: Pre-Transition Years 16. Finding Identities Part V: Changing Over 17. A Long Road 18. Making the Decision 19. Making the Changes 20. Coming Out Stories 21. Are We There Yet? Part VI: Life after Transition 22. Nature Calls: Toilet Traumas and Medical Necessities 23. The Naked Truth about Sexuality 24. Visions of Genders 25. Lessons from the Journey Part: VII: Concluding 26. Conclusions and Questions Appendix Notes Bibliography Subject Index Participant Index

About the Author

Aaron Devor, PhD, FSSSS, FSTLHE, is the Founder and Academic Director of the world's largest Transgender Archives, the world's first Research Chair in Transgender Studies, a former Dean of Graduate Studies (2002-2012), and a professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.


"In this newedition ofFTM, Devor, who so brilliantly previously captured the remarkable stories of transsexual men, continues to illuminate the need for insight into the transsexual man's life experience.Years ago, as a transsexual man searching for a reflection of my experienceandguidance on myimpending journey, Ifound what I was seekingin the pages ofthis book. In this day of increasing trans visibility there still remains a lack of trans male images, historiesandexperiencesleading to a continued lack of visibility and opportunities formentorship,which Dr. Jamison Green so eloquentlystatesin hispointed new foreword. Perhaps the timehas comefor a more equitable representation of transsexual men in the movement for trans justice." -Zander Keig, LCSW, featured in thedocumentaryZanderology; and co-editor ofLetters for My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in RetrospectandManning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves "I often say that I decided to pursue a gender transition despite what I read in the books that were available to me-a handful of harsh, challenge-filled biographies about trailblazing transgender pioneers. With the notable exception, that is, of 'the trans man's bible'-Devor's big red hardcover that still sits, 20 years later, prominently on my bookshelf. FTM was hot off the presses right when I needed it most. Devor-gently, insightfully, starkly, and respectfully-put forth a beautifully written illustration of how life could be for me, made evident by those who bravely chose to share their lives for this book. I like to think this book provided me with the how-to for grabbing my amazing transgender life by the balls!" -Aidan Key, Speaker, author, and founder of the National Gender Odyssey Conference

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