A Transgender Awakening

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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"SELF-ish is a narrative drawn from an international life, beginning with some early glimpses out at the world by a girl in a boy's body. Chloe Schwenke was raised as Stephen in a Marine Corps family, and was sent off at age fourteen to "man-up" at a military academy. Later--and still embodied as a man--she ventured abroad to work in some of the roughest regions of Africa, the Gaza Strip, Turkey, and many other locales. Her far-flung global journey was matched in intensity by an inner identity and spiritual struggle and the associated ravages of depression, before she came to the revelation of being a transgender woman. At a time when many Americans are just waking up to the reality of the transgender phenomenon, this portrayal of Chloe's life, her challenging gender transition, and her many accomplishments and adventures along the way (including being among the first three transgender political appointees in U.S. history, under President Obama), creates a poignant story of authenticity, self-discovery, and the meaning of gender set against a fascinating international backdrop." -- From
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781597096089
Characteristics: 245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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In this memoir, Chloe Schwenke writes about her experiences as a transgender woman who transitioned later in life. Her accomplishments are many, including, but not limited to, being one of the first three transgender political appointees in U.S. history.

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Aug 25, 2018

I was fortunate enough be meet Chloe, so this book had special significance to me whilst reading it. The book gives a deep and honest insight into the pain and triumphs of this beautiuful woman. It is even better at a book reading by Chloe. It is well worth reading to gain insight and empathy for those who struggle with gender issues in today's' world.


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