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At least two generations of transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people have emerged since Becoming a Visible Man was first published in 2004, but the book remains a beloved resource for trans people and their allies.

Since the first edition's publication, author Jamison Green's writings and advocacy among business and governmental organizations around the world have led to major changes in the fields of law, medicine, and social policy, and his (mostly invisible) work has had significant effects on trans people globally. This new edition captures the changes of the last two decades, while also imparting a message of self-acceptance and health.

With profoundly personal and eminently practical threads, Green clarifies transgender experience for transgender people and their families, friends, and coworkers. Medical and mental health care providers, educators, business leaders, and advocates seeking information about transgender concerns can all gain from Green's integrative approach to the topic. This book candidly addresses emotional relationships that are affected by a transition, and brings refined integrity to the struggle to self-define, whether one undergoes a transition or chooses not to.

Emphasizing the lives of transgender men—who are often overlooked—he elucidates the experience of masculinity in a way that is self-assured and inclusive of feminist values. Green's inspirational wisdom has informed and empowered thousands of readers. There is still no other book like Becoming a Visible Man in the transgender canon.
Preface to the Second Edition

At least two generations of transgender, nonbinary-identified, and other gender-nonconforming people have emerged since this book was first published. I see the YouTube videos, the Facebook groups, the conversations on Reddit (and many other forums), the growth of community-based organizations, and the new scholarship flourishing in all regions of the globe, and I love the energy and the commitment so many people are bringing to their self-explorations and efforts to improve the quality of life that trans people and their families experience. At the same time, though, I see that far too many people are asking the same questions that my own cohort of trans people asked thirty, forty, fifty years ago, and far too many people still believe that there is no information to be found about transgender lives. I know how tempting it is, in the US especially, to want to discard the past and forge new ground, but I am also heartened by the recent attention to our collective history from today's students and transgender-identified people who have been surprised and gratified to realize they have not been alone all this time, we have ancestors and pioneers, and there is a context for their lives.

I wrote this book to supply answers-or pathways toward them-to many of the questions that trans people and their loved ones were asking, and also to illuminate the lives of trans men. On the whole, trans men continue to be invisibilized and ignored while trans women are both glamorized and vilified-and murdered-all too frequently. I want trans women to receive the accolades they are due, and I want the demonizing and the killing to stop, but I also want trans men to be seen and respected, and nonbinary and agender people to be acknowledged and given credence. There is no gender justice in minimizing anyone; there are no valid excuses for ignoring gender inequality or perpetuating gender-based discrimination or violence. The scapegoating and oppression of trans and nonbinary people as a political diversion or as a tactic for enforcing gender "norms" only serve an irresponsible power structure and reinforce complacency with a cruel status quo that ultimately harms everyone. And now it seems the pathways once delineated are blurred, and the visibility of trans men is as problematic as ever. So this new edition explores these issues further.

In this version, I have maintained the structure of the original book, integrating updated information along the way. I have added new material to reflect political and cultural changes, concerns, and issues that have developed since the original text was published. I have also modified terminology to reflect evolving ideas and standards, with explication where applicable, and I use terms that are historical as well as contemporary. I use the term "trans" as an abbreviation for both "transgender" and "transsexual," and I do use "transsexual" when the term reflects the historical, medical, or legal context under discussion. I also intend the term "trans" to be inclusive of nonbinary-identified people who are also transgressing gender boundaries.

My concern has always been to amplify and lift up anyone who falls outside the simple binary defined by traditional gender roles, but also to assure every person that their own personal experience of gender, whether or not it conforms to a binary understanding, is valid and deserving of respect. I am convinced that the best way forward for all of us as human beings is to relinquish rigid identity constructs that are competitive with or invalidating of other people. We cannot understand ourselves or live authentic and virtuous lives without recognizing, accepting, and respecting each other's differences.

The human condition is so much more rich and dynamic than most of us have yet acknowledged, and the theorists of earlier centuries who based their observations of gender and sex on simple binary presumptions can be forgiven for their ignorance, but not for the harm their ideas are still causing, which is the very situation I hope this book can help to remedy. My original intention to improve society's understanding of transgender people and to increase self-acceptance and empowerment for trans people themselves has not changed, and neither has the need to combat misinformation, stereotypes, and fear. Don't be afraid to be yourself or to let others be themselves, just don't hurt yourself or anyone else in the process. Life is too valuable a gift to waste on anything less than kindness.
 

Preface to the Second Edition

Foreword, by Aaron H. Devor

Acknowledgments

1. How Do You Know?

Coming Out

Terminology

Early Dialogues

Interconnections

2. Initiation

Coming of Age

The World of Men

Letting Go of Shame

Taking Responsible Action

3. A Vision of Community

Lou Sullivan and the FTM Group

Unconventional Conventions

Intolerance

Stepping Up to the Plate

4. Body of Knowledge

Access to Treatment

Hormone Therapy

Approaching Surgery

“Top” Surgery

“Bottom” Surgery

Decisions, Decisions

Genital Geometry

5. Transparent Feelings

Denial

Fear

Parents and Trans Children

Transpeople as Parents

6. Consummate Presence

Desire versus Identity

The “Threat” of Sexual Uncertainty

Sex and Validation

Knowing What’s Desired

7. Visibility

Visibility on Screen

Visibility in Print

The Visibility Dilemma

Academic Debates

Appearances

Influencing the Course of Treatment

8. Willful Destiny

Physical Proof

Self-Determination

Validity

Bibliography

Index

Sujets

Informations

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Additional Praise for Becoming a Visible Man
“The OG of trans masculine visibility, advocacy, and representation is back—with a brand new, fully updated edition of his essential, no-less-than-lifesaving resource for trans men of all generations. This is an evergreen history book that should be required reading for anybody interested in the future of social justice (for all).”
T COOPER, author of Real Man Adventures and director of Man Made
“Many of us can easily name traits of toxic masculinity, yet most struggle with defining what healthy masculinity looks like in action. Fortunately, Jamison Green’s Becoming a Visible Man , like Jamison’s own journey, offers a powerful roadmap any man—cisgender or transgender—can follow. This book is essential reading for those of us committed to becoming better men ready to build a more just and equitable world for people of all genders.”
RHODES PERRY, author of Belonging at Work
“Jamison Green has brilliantly captured what many of us come to know: that along an arduous yet achievable journey to change our sex, we must also work to find our way back into communion with loved ones who may feel betrayed, abandoned, or frightened at who we are becoming: visible men.”
ZANDER KEIG, coeditor of Manning Up
Praise for the First Edition of Becoming a Visible Man (2004)
“Jamison Green has always known who he is. Others may have been confused, but never he. Now he tells, with integrity, and in a moving and thoughtful way, his story. We learn how he became a visible man—and in the reading, we learn much about being human.”
DALLAS DENNY, editor of Transgender Tapestry
“An intelligent and engaging book. Jamison Green, an extraordinary activist and advocate for FTM transsexuals, demonstrates that he is also an extraordinary writer.”
JOANNE MEYEROWITZ, author of How Sex Changed
“ Becoming a Visible Man shows why [Jamison Green] is a leading voice to a generation of trans men and trans women and why this issue should be on the top of the agenda for all of us in the twenty-first century.”
HENRY RUBIN, author of Self-Made Men
BECOMING A VISIBLE MAN
BECOMING A VISIBLE MAN
Second Edition
JAMISON GREEN
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY PRESS
Nashville, Tennessee
© 2020 Jamison Green
Published by Vanderbilt University Press
All rights reserved. First edition 2004
Second edition 2020
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: Green, Jamison, 1948– author.
Title: Becoming a visible man / Jamison Green.
Description: 2nd edition. | Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2020. | Includes bibliographical references and index.
Identifiers: LCCN 2019042727 (print) | LCCN 2019042728 (ebook) | ISBN 9780826522863 (hardcover) | ISBN 9780826522870 (paperback) | ISBN 9780826522887 (ebook)
Subjects: LCSH: Green, Jamison, 1948– | Transsexuals—United States—Biography. | Sex role—United States. | Gender identity—United States.
Classification: LCC HQ77.8.G35 G74 2020 (print) | LCC HQ77.8.G35 (ebook) | DDC 306.76/8092 [B]—dc23
LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019042727
LC ebook record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019042728
This book is dedicated to Francis Michael Thomas Graham (1944–2000), King of Cups and Gypsies, Fast Frankie from Philly, my pal who always believed in me. It is made in memory of Alice K. and W. Ray Green, two strangers who took me in and gave me life after the fact, with more integrity than many biological parents; much of my success is owed to them. This book is also for my wife, Heidi, my true companion, and for my dear children. May the lives of all children be safe and rewarding, and may everyone have the opportunity to know and be who they are .
CONTENTS
Preface to the Second Edition
Foreword , by Aaron H. Devor
Acknowledgments
1. How Do You Know?
2. Initiation
3. A Vision of Community
4. Body of Knowledge
5. Transparent Feelings
6. Consummate Presence
7. Visibility
8. Willful Destiny
Afterword
Bibliography
Index
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
At least two generations of transgender, nonbinary-identified, and other gender-nonconforming people have emerged since this book was first published. I see the YouTube videos, the Facebook groups, the conversations on Reddit (and many other forums), the growth of community-based organizations, and the new scholarship flourishing in all regions of the globe, and I love the energy and the commitment so many people are bringing to their self-explorations and efforts to improve the quality of life that trans people and their families experience. At the same time, though, I see that far too many people are asking the same questions that my own cohort of trans people asked thirty, forty, fifty years ago, and far too many people still believe that there is no information to be found about transgender lives. I know how tempting it is, in the US especially, to want to discard the past and forge new ground, but I am also heartened by the recent attention to our collective history from today’s students and transgender-identified people who have been surprised and gratified to realize they have not been alone all this time, we have ancestors and pioneers, and there is a context for their lives.
I wrote this book to supply answers—or pathways toward them—to many of the questions that trans people and their loved ones were asking, and also to illuminate the lives of trans men. On the whole, trans men continue to be invisibilized and ignored while trans women are both glamorized and vilified—and murdered—all too frequently. I want trans women to receive the accolades they are due, and I want the demonizing and the killing to stop, but I also want trans men to be seen and respected, and nonbinary and agender people to be acknowledged and given credence. There is no gender justice in minimizing anyone; there are no valid excuses for ignoring gender inequality or perpetuating gender-based discrimination or violence. The scapegoating and oppression of trans and nonbinary people as a political diversion or as a tactic for enforcing gender “norms” only serve an irresponsible power structure and reinforce complacency with a cruel status quo that ultimately harms everyone. And now it seems the pathways once delineated are blurred, and the visibility of trans men is as problematic as ever. So this new edition explores these issues further.
In this version, I have maintained the structure of the original book, integrating updated information along the way. I have added new material to reflect political and cultural changes, concerns, and issues that have developed since the original text was published. I have also modified terminology to reflect evolving ideas and standards, with explication where applicable, and I use terms that are historical as well as contemporary. I use the term “trans” as an abbreviation for both “transgender” and “transsexual,” and I do use “transsexual” when the term reflects the historical, medical, or legal context under discussion. I also intend the term “trans” to be inclusive of nonbinary-identified people who are also transgressing gender boundaries.
My concern has always been to amplify and lift up anyone who falls outside the simple binary defined by traditional gender roles, but also to assure every person that their own personal experience of gender, whether or not it conforms to a binary understanding, is valid and deserving of respect. I am convinced that the best way forward for all of us as human beings is to relinquish rigid identity constructs that are competitive with or invalidating of other people. We cannot understand ourselves or live authentic and virtuous lives without recognizing, accepting, and respecting each other’s differences.
The human condition is so much more rich and dynamic than most of us have yet acknowledged, and the theorists of earlier centuries who based their observations of gender and sex on simple binary presumptions can be forgiven for their ignorance, but not for the harm their ideas are still causing, which is the very situation I hope this book can help to remedy. My original intention to improve society’s understanding of transgender people and to increase self-acceptance and empowerment for trans people themselves has not changed, and neither has the need to combat misinformation, stereotypes, and fear. Don’t be afraid to be yourself or to let others be themselves, just don’t hurt yourself or anyone else in the process. Life is too valuable a gift to spend on anything less than kindness.
FOREWORD
I first met Jamison Green in 1990 while I was doing research for my second book, FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society. James had only been living as a man for a few years at that time. Lou Sullivan was still alive and had not yet asked James to step into his shoes at the helm of what was later to become FTM International. Even then, James was an articulate and compelling ambassador and educator for trans people. Over the intervening years, our friendship has grown and it has been my pleasure to observe as James has matured into an international leader in the field of advocacy for the human rights of trans people. As I have watched, I have come to admire the incredibly valuable and tireless work that Jamison has done on behalf of trans men in the US and internationally. He is without peer in this regard.
One of the special skills that James has honed o

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