My Sister: How One Sibling's Transition Changed Us Both
ISBN: 1541762959 Global Overview for this book
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This book is the story of Marizol Leyva, of her childhood as a foster child, raised by the Leyva family, raised as a boy, the gender assigned at birth. It is her story of self-discovery, of coming, eventually, to understand that she identified herself as female, an her decision to transition to life as a trans-woman.
But it is also the story of her older sister Selenis, who, in spite of the struggles of her own life, tried to understand and support Marizol through the struggles, triumphs, and setbacks of her transition. It is a story about family learning to accept that their loved one is different than they expected.
There is a lot of heartbreak in this story. Marizol's life had no shortage of heartbreak, and as readers we get a front row seat to a lot of it, both from Marizol's point of view and from her sister's. And while much of this story is difficult to read, they are important because they highlight the challenges that young trans-gendered people face. Marizol's story is exceptional largely because it isn't an exception. Instead, this story is relatively typical, and it is important for those of use outside this world to understand how had this kind of life can be, and recognize the ways that we contribute to that difficulty.
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