The Will to Change: Book Club Wave

By eli berry st. john
Not many people are blessed to live a life of ever-expanding gender presentation and performance, a life where you have experienced being treated as man, woman, and sometimes neither, but an anomaly of gender. As a trans masculine person who liberated myself from the confines of gender conformity under white supremacist, capitalist, imperialist expectations at the age of 27, I found joy and fear in the opportunity to develop the boi, the boy, and the sometimes man I would be navigating through the world as. I would often reflect on the memories I have of men in my life and those I have encountered, in hopes of finding possible models for the kind of man of transgender experience I desired to be. On that journey I discovered Black feminism and womanism. While reading literature by authors Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, and bell hooks, to name a few, I began facilitating healthier masculinities workshops and a political education group for men of trans experien...

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