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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;


mental illness;

being trans in the Christian faith;

being trans and out in the music community;


trans masculine role models;


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;



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), Ashley Reed, Bethany Black (actress), Eris Young(writer and editor), Fox Fisher (film-maker), J Jackson (photographer), Juliet Jacques (author/journalist), Justine Smithies (marine electronics engineer/activist), Kate Hutchinson (activist/musician), Leng Montgomery(blogger/Diversity Executive), Lisa Severn (architect), Maria Munir (activist), Matti Colley (satirist), Mia Violet (blogger), Roz Kaveney (poet), Saffron Kershaw-Mee (student), Sarah O’Connell (broadcaster/film critic),Surat-Shaan Knan (writer), and 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.

“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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