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For Today I am a Boy

by Kim Fu

A compelling read that informs and educates about the complex challenges and sadness affecting transgender people. This sensitive subject matter is given a voice through the young man in the story who longs to be a young woman. A modern book for a modern audience that made me stop and listen.

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John arranged the wig and tiara on my head. I put on the gloves and the necklace. I borrowed some clunky, too-big shoes of Eileen’s. I didn’t tell them I already had my own collection of heels. I almost didn’t want to look. Nothing would be as good as how it felt: the sweet constraint around my hips from the dress, tight as a sausage casing, squeezing joy into my skull, making it swell.

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