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A collection of 21 essays written by transgender and non-binary people in the UK.

With increasing misinformation in the media about transgender and non-binary issues, there has never been a more vital important time to hear from trans and non-binary people in their own words.

In this ground-breaking anthology, Helen Belcher curates 21 essays from people who are re-defining the way we see and think about gender.

Pride, Not Prejudice – the first book of its kind – brings together the works of trans and non-binary people from a wide range of backgrounds within the UK, as they share their real experiences, stories and expertise on what it means to not succumb to the socially-constructed gender binary. But it’s more than just coming out and transitioning stories. The varied essays will highlight the fact that that there isn’t just one way to be a trans or non-binary person.

This book will include essays on:

“passing” and what it really means;

the origins of transgender identities in Victorian London;

trans issues within feminism;

trans feminism;

activism;

mental illness;

being trans in the Christian faith;

being trans and out in the music community;

transitioning;

trans masculine role models;

dating;

trans advocacy work in the education sector;

being trans in a working class environment;

body shaming;

the intersections in the trans and disabled experiences of romance and sex;

representation;

race/racism;

life as a parent and issues around children's school life

sex workers;

trans people in the media and of course, trans and non-binary pride.

This exciting book will include essays from Helen Belcher (Trans Media Watch), E H Young (writer and editor), Fox Fisher (activist/filmmaker), J Jackson (photographer), Justine Smithies (marine electronics engineer/activist), Kate Hutchinson (activist/musician), Leng Montgomery (blogger/Diversity Executive), Lisa Severn (IT architect), Maria Munir (activist), Matti Colley (satirist), Mia Violet (blogger), Roz Kaveney (poet), Saffron Kershaw-Mee (student), Sarah O’Connell (broadcaster/film critic), and Surat-Shaan Knan (writer), Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir (Owl) (activist/writer).

Pride, Not Prejudice is a timely and important read for everyone.

Helen Belcher is a campaigner and businesswoman.
She has been recognised by the Independent on Sunday as one of the most influential British LGBT people three years in a row and has campaigned for LGBT equality and press regulation.
You can find Helen tweeting @helencbelcher.

Matti Colley writes about their experience as a non-binary trans person in the Christian faith.


...I accept it may not sound very Christian to so willingly lampoon one's critics. Numerous Biblical verses refer to the need to respect differences: Matthew 5:39 tells us: “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also”.

I once had a discussion with a self-defined “conservative” Christian who denied my right to exist as a trans Christian, apparently, because I was breaking a rule from Deuteronomy 22:5 which forbade Christians from wearing clothing that wasn't “appropriate” to their gender. Never mind that if the Deuteronomy rule applies in its most rigid form, women should be denied the right to wear trousers.

When does “respecting difference” mean accepting a person’s right to discriminate?

This point might seem trivial but it demonstrates the sheer resolve those who call themselves “protectors of the faith” have when trying to discredit Christians who are trans, non-binary, genderfluid, genderqueer and agender. Sigh.

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“Boy or girl... Boy or girl.” [excerpt from EH Young]

I’m standing in line at JFK airport, waiting for pizza (of course). The two guys behind the counter don’t phrase it as a question, nor do they direct their words at me. All I know about New York I learned from Seinfeld, so a part of me isn't surprised that the first two people I meet here should be extremely rude. They speak to each other as if I can’t hear, as if I’m an object of some confusion, a creepy-crawly they’ve seen on the sidewalk, or a precariously balanced piece of masonry likely to fall on a passer-by, but not on them.

Despite the barricade of metal, glass and desiccated Italian food separating us, I feel an animal kind of fear start to creep up in me, as deeply familiar as the question being asked; "Boy or girl?"

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