I will readily admit that I am one of those middle-aged, middle-class cisgender people who have always prided myself on being open-minded and accepting towards LGBT people without thinking or knowing too much about the “T” part of that equation. As questions and debates about trans people become more prominent in our culture, I find myself floundering sometimes: although I’ve known a handful of trans people (mostly my students) I often feel like there’s a lot I don’t know or don’t fully understand about the experience of transgender people.
Someone recommended CN Lester’s Trans Like Me as a good place to start, and I second the recommendation. Lester is a British musician and non-binary person who does a great deal of advocacy for trans rights and related issues. The book weaves Lester’s stories of their own experiences with a more general look at some of the broader issues facing trans people, and is a really useful place to begin if, like me, you feel the need to deepen your understanding of the trans people who may be your family, friends, neighbours or co-workers.