In Different Shoes: Stories of Trans Lives


Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught. ~Leslie Feinberg


Imagine what it would be like to look into the mirror, and see a person you don’t recognise. A person out of sync with the person inside, the one you know yourself to be. Imagine a world that fails to see you, or doesn’t understand who you are. Imagine having to tell your friends and family the person they’ve always known, isn’t who you really are. Imagine the desire to live authentically, and what that might cost.

Within these pages are some stories from the Transgender community, stories of bravery, of hardship, of amazing support and a deep sense of self-awareness. These stories, many of them from trans youth, show that although the road can be difficult, there are also people there to listen, to help, to support, and to love, no matter where your journey may lead.