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Grrl Alex. A personal journey to a transgender identity

Grrl Alex

Alex Drummond

Grrl Alex: A Personal Journey to a Transgender Identity – available in paperback and on Kindle – is a very moving and powerful true story of the author’s journey to embracing a congruent transgender identity. Unlike Jan Morris’ Conundrum (written in the 1980s in the early days of transsexual surgery) this book is grittier, more honest, more blunt.

The author breaks new ground in exploring and developing a congruent way of ‘doing’ transgender – the approach is radical, as the author presents a striking visual aesthetic that challenges the gender binary yet consistently gains acceptance in any number of contexts. The book is highly readable and aimed at a general readership but will also have particular relevance to the LGBT community and those interested in gender studies and feminism.

Alex chronicles her story ’ from early memories of not fitting in and being picked on in school, to an adult life of inner torment and an endless battle to find expression. Then finally, through a research project as part of a Masters Degree program, she came to a new understanding that led to an eventual coming out. A feeling of liberation emerged, furthering a process of exploration where Alex endeavoured to find ways of ‘doing’ transgender that might actually work.

Now living an openly transgender life, the author’s message is one that will communicate a message of hope to many people – not just those who are transgender, but to others who may feel they don’t fit into society in one way or another.

As Alex writes:

‘I wrote this book to create new awareness about transgender – to add my voice to the other courageous people out there doing transgender, working to overcome the prejudice that comes from a lack of understanding. I also wanted to illustrate that there are different ways of doing transgender – it doesn’t have to be about ‘passing’ and that being trans doesn’t necessarily have to be about surgery and hormones – there are other possibilities too.’

About the book

The main body of the book is autobiographical, but in a section at the back, the author takes time to explain in straightforward language some of the theory of transgender and looks at how society’s understanding has evolved in the light of new scientific discoveries about the human brain. Drawing on new philosophies that challenge old assumptions about maleness and femaleness and the idea of compulsory heterosexuality, Drummond illustrates that we can see gender in new ways, offering the possibility for greater equality and personal freedoms for all.

GrrlAlex: A Personal Journey to a Transgender Identity is ultimately a very real and very human story, spoken with searing and brutal honesty. Readers will find themselves laughing in one moment, scared the next, and tearful in another, and then unexpectedly laughing again –sometimes all within the same page. Additional themes that will engage readers include:

  • gender identity
  • LGBT issues
  • sexism, misogyny and homophobia
  • what it’s like to be out on the streets as a trans grrl
  • women’s fashion and how to pull off heels, skirt and make-up
  • coming to accept the body you have not the body you dream of
  • self-discovery and the value of self-acceptance
  • creating a society of more tolerant, understanding and accepting of diversity.

About the author

Clinically trained and accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with an MSc in counselling and psychotherapy and has research interests in transgender and adult ADHD, Alex Drummond’s educational accomplishments include: University of West Of England (Bristol UWE) Bachelor of Arts with qualified teacher status; Secondary education BA (QTS); University of Wales, College Newport UWCN – Post Grad certificate in Counselling; Royal Forest of Dean College – CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Cognitive Behavioural therapy); University of Bristol Masters in Science (with distinction) in Counselling and Counselling Supervision; MSc(Dist); Senior Accredited Status with British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Snr. Accred); Accredited with Pink Therapy as specialist in Sexual and Gender Diversity Issues SGDT (Accred).

In her spare time, Alex enjoys cooking, photography, art, sign-writing, vintage fairground artifacts and mechanical engineering.

Alex’ website is www.grrlAlex.com

 

This book was designed and published by Bramley Press.