I worked on this book as a developmental editor for over a year—among the final stages of a five-year project—as it was taken into the fold at Oxford University Press (thanks to our amazingly supportive editor Dana Bliss). Over those long months of work, I had the pleasure of seeing Laura Erickson-Schroth‘s vision assume the shape of a massive resource book, written by dozens of contributors from all over the country.
This review makes me feel like we achieved what she hoped for: an educational and empowering resource that won’t allow the diversity and complexity of trans* experience to be oversimplified. Laura pulled together a hugely diverse community to put together a book that many people can open up and say, “That’s me.”
The process was full of ups and downs and heartache, to be sure. It was also one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and a testament to what people can do if they agree to work together, despite their differences. I was honored to be part of that process, and I look forward to seeing the book become better and better over time, in further editions, with feedback and input from even more parts of the trans* community. Thanks, Laura, for letting me be part of it.