More information can be found at the following links.
- The Gender Centre
in Sydney is a good source of information. The document
Person in Your Life" was written for people who have just learned that
someone is transsexual.
- Wikipedia has pages on transsexualism and its causes.
They appear to be reasonable accounts of the
present state of affairs.
is a friendly organization in Brisbane providing support and information on all
aspects of gender reassignment, for the general community and people who are
experiencing difficulty with their gender identity.
Padman is an Australian-born physicist working at Cambridge University in the U.K. She transitioned in 1981
while studying for her PhD degree. She tells of how feminist Germaine Greer objected to her being elected to a
fellowship at Newnham College at Cambridge University.
- The Equity Office at the University of Queensland has a
web page devoted to general information on Gender Identity issues.
Autobiographies and personal stories
Books by professionals
by Jan Morris (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1974)
The author became a popular travel writer and fathered 5 children before transitioning
in 1972. This book is the first
autobiography by a transgendered person. It provided the
general public with the first insights of what
it is like to be transgendered and undergo transition. The review
of the BBC's documentary Jan
Morris: A Profile gives an overview of Jan's
- Crossing, A Memoir
by Deirdre McCloskey (University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1999).
The author, a renown economist academic, describes the highs and lows of
her journey from Don to Deirdre.
- She's Not There:
A Life in Two Genders
by Jennifer Finney Boylan (New York, Broadway
Books/Random House, 2003)
A witty autobiographical account of the transition of the author who is professor of
creative writing and American literature at Colby College in the USA.
- Trans forming families - real stories about transgendered loved ones
by Mary Boenke, Editor, 2nd Edition (Oak Knoll Press, Hardy USA, 2003).
This book is a collection of short accounts (of usually one or two pages in length) from
families and partners of transgendered people. The editor is a mother of a
- True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism--For Families,
Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals
by Mildred L. Brown and Chloe Ann Rounsley (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1996).
This book gives a thorough coverage of all aspects surrounding the lives of transgendered
people from childhood to adulthood. Transgendered readers will find consolation in
its description of the lives of people faced with similar problems and conditions. Other readers
will find insight into the motivations and lifestyle choices of transgendered people.
It takes a practical and realistic approach. For example
it includes letters from transgendered people breaking the news of their transgendered nature to
loved ones, friends and work colleagues and the responses they receive. It has sections devoted to
helping loved ones cope and deal with the situation of having a transgendered spouse, parent or child.
- Gender loving care - a guide to counseling gender-variant clients.
by Randi Ettner (W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1999).
This book is primarily for professionals who deal with transgendered people. Nevertheless
it is easily accessible to all people with an interest in transgenderism.
It begins with historical and etiological information and then
lays down the theoretical framework for effective psychotherapy.
- The transgender debate - the crisis surrounding gender identities
by Stephen Whittle (Garnet Publishing, Reading, 2000).
This little book of 68 pages is a concise account of the issues surrounding
transgenderism and transsexualism. The author, a transman, plays an active
role in informing the public and also in bringing about changes in the law
in the U.K.