What we're reading this summer
This week Tara has been reading Mary and Donald Collins’ collaborative memoir At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick up the Pieces. In their memoir, Mary and Donald describe their conflicting points of view about Donald’s medical decisions to align his body with his gender identity. While Mary supported Donald’s desire and his right to realize himself as a person, she didn’t agree with the ways he chose to physically alter his body. The memoir allows both Mary and Donald to explain how they felt during the conflict and how they have tried to reconnect and establish a relationship with each other. Kate Bornstein, author of A Queer and Pleasant Danger and Gender Outlaw describes the memoir as the best, most thorough narrative of trans experience he’s read.