To My Trans Sisters: The Book Everyone Should Be Reading

To My Trans Sisters: The Book Everyone Should Be Reading

Words Balraj Bains

The book empowering the current generation of trans women and supporting the next wave of girls begin their transition.

Charlie Craggs founded Nail Transphobia as a gentle activism project, now she’s released To My Trans Sisters, calling it ‘the book I wish I had at the start of my transition’. The heartfelt collection of letters have been written by successful trans women including politicians, authors and sportspeople, showing that trans women are an important part of the world.

Emily Brothers, a contributor to the book, is the first openly transgender Labour Party candidate and the first blind woman to run for Westminster. She opens up about overcoming dual prejudices: “We all have an awesome power within us. You need to step through the fear, believe in you and be you. That’s authenticity – the real you.”

“Whether someone is going through the process themselves or not, this book opens the door to understanding that trans people are also human.”

Written first hand by around 100 sisters who have gone through the journey themselves, the book is inspiring the next generation to believe in themselves. Helping them understand more about the struggles that they are going through. But most importantly, it’s helping trans women feel like they are not alone, a part of a supportive sisterhood.

“My personality does not defined my gender, nor the other way around.” – Natalie van Gogh

The contributors’ backgrounds are varied, showing that although there may be a current perception of what a trans woman is, you can be whoever you want to be, follow any path of your choice and achieve great things. It is the mind-opening, empowering book that contributes to the start of literary history for an emerging community of people. The personal perspective talks about experiences of name changes, worrying about others’ perceptions and relationships. Whether someone is going through the process themselves or not, this book opens the door to understanding that trans people are also human.

“I only hope that my endeavours, my achievements, my journey and my story provide a platform and opportunities for my sisters and my community to be inspired and lifted and to keep going strong.” – DivaD Magnifique

With Charlie as the editor, the entire book is a true representation of trans women, their troubles and their stories of overcoming these to be at a place where they can share their stories. Both with those who need the support they could not previously find, and help the rest of the world understand.