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Always Anastacia : a transgender life in South Africa

Author: Anastacia Tomson
Publisher: Johannesburg ; Cape Town : Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'I stand in front of the mirror as I remind myself that I don't have to wear the uniform anymore. I don't have to dress myself in men's attire. I can grow out my nails, and paint them with polish. I am finally free to have my ears pierced. I can speak in the voice that I've spent so many hours cultivating with my speech therapist. I don't have to hide my disgust anymore at being called "boet" or "sir." I no longer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Anastacia Tomson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anastacia Tomson
ISBN: 1868427137 9781868427130 9781868427147 1868427145
OCLC Number: 951643903
Description: xiv, 206 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Anastacia Tomson.

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"'I stand in front of the mirror as I remind myself that I don't have to wear the uniform anymore. I don't have to dress myself in men's attire. I can grow out my nails, and paint them with polish. I am finally free to have my ears pierced. I can speak in the voice that I've spent so many hours cultivating with my speech therapist. I don't have to hide my disgust anymore at being called "boet" or "sir." I no longer have to tolerate any references to my deadname.' Anastacia has fought hard for her right to live, held back for decades by a body that didn't fit, and an identity that never belonged to her. At first, it had seemed impossible - like transition was some romantic, impractical ideal that was incompatible with reality. But now, after five months of hormone therapy, countless sessions of painful laser hair removal, multiple appointments with doctors and psychologists, it is very much a reality. Born into a Jewish family in Johannesburg and raised by her parents as a boy, Anastacia Tomson was never sure just how much of her persistent internal discomfort to blame on an often troubled family life. She qualified and practised as a doctor, but it would take a great deal more clear-sighted and difficult questioning to finally find peace and self-acceptance, as a woman. This memoir is a clarion call for a more nuanced understanding of trans people and the concepts of sex, gender and identity."--Publisher description.

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