Check out this terrific new interview that’s just posted on OutSmart Magazine’s website where interviewer Neil Ellis Orts talks to Dylan Edwards, the author of the new Northwest Press book Transposes, which will be on store shelves this month.
One part of the interview we particularly loved was this one:
Interesting. You address the privacy issues in your introduction, which I loved. I’ve heard trans friends talk about the inappropriate questions they get, and it’s amazing to me what people feel is okay to ask.
This is something that is actually broadly applicable to any minority group. If you don’t understand what their experience is like, it’s not their obligation to make you understand. They don’t instantly get put on display for your edification. If you want to understand, especially with the Internet, there are an enormous number of tools and resources for any kind of minority whose life doesn’t quite make sense to you. You have a lot of opportunities for educating yourself. And I’ve heard this not just from trans people or gay people, but from people of color who are at a party and someone corners them and says, “Let’s talk about the Black experience.” And it’s like, “Let’s not talk about the Black experience, I’m trying to have fun at a party here.” Jewish or Muslim or whatever—anyone who is kind of outside the “norm” is going to have people who say, “Hey, I need you to educate me.” You need to educate yourself and not necessarily put this person on the spot to be your teacher.
We’re really glad that Transposes can now be one of those resources to help people understand the experiences of trans men that much more clearly. It’s a fantastic book that really humanizes and demystifies trans identity.