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Me, myself, they : life beyond the binary
2019
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Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary chronicles Joshua M. Ferguson's extraordinary story of transformation to become the celebrated non-binary filmmaker, writer, and advocate for trans rights they are today. Beginning with their birth and early childhood years of gender creativity, Ferguson recounts the complex and often challenging evolution of their identity, including traumatizing experiences with gender conversion therapy, bullying, depression, sexual assault, and violent physical assault. But Ferguson's story is above all about survival, empathy, and self-acceptance. By combining their personal reflections on what it feels like to never truly fit into the prescribed roles of girl or boy, woman or man, with an informed analysis of the ongoing shifts in contemporary attitudes towards sex and gender, Ferguson calls for recognition and respect for all trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, and an inclusive understanding of the rich diversity of human identity. Through their honest and impassioned storytelling, we learn what it means to reclaim one's identity and to live beyond the binary.

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Canadian filmmaker and activist Ferguson writes affectingly and informatively in this memoir/meditation about their life (Ferguson employs the gender-neutral pronouns they, them, and their) as a nonbinary trans person. It hasn't always been a happy one, the life. As a gender-creative child, they underwent months of dehumanizing gender-conversion therapy. Growing up gender nonconforming, they came out as gay at the age of 14, becoming subject to bullying so rampant that they became depressed and suicidal. As Ferguson continued to grow, the violence escalated, becoming physical and sexual. But they are clearly a survivor; indeed, they call themselves an Amazon. Though this fascinating book tells the story of the author's life, it is not structured chronologically but, rather, thematically; thus, there are chapters called The Child, The Fluidity, The Body, The Filmmaker, and more, all evidencing that their life has been filled with a complexity of fluid identities. Ferguson is, by nature, a storyteller, and their dramatic material is their life, which they have bravely shared with candor and grace.--Michael Cart Copyright 2019 Booklist
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Author's Notep. ix
Introduction: The Non-Binary Personp. 1
1The Childp. 13
2The Fluidityp. 35
3The Survivorp. 47
4The Alchemistp. 67
5The Expressionp. 81
6The Bodyp. 95
7The Empathp. 113
8The Magicp. 137
9The Geekp. 151
10The Filmmakerp. 161
11The Advocatep. 185
12The Amazonp. 217
13The Philosopherp. 225
Appendix IGlossaryp. 243
Appendix IITimelinep. 249
Appendix IIILGBTQ Support Resourcesp. 259
Acknowledgementsp. 263
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