'Every few years a book comes along, looks you dead in the eye and says, “I will benefit the world.” This is one of those books. Sharp, to the point and underlined with hope, Faye presents the ways in which the reformation or abolition of certain sectors of contemporary society – capitalism, systems of incarceration, homelessness – will benefit not only the lives of the trans community but the lives of every marginalised person. A classic piece of writing in the making.' - Recommended by Eoin Mulligan, Rathmines.
'An inspiring call for coalition ... Shon Faye shows with courage and clarity that the struggle of trans people is the struggle of us all. This book is a game-changer' Owen Jones
'This is a monumental work and utterly convincing - crystal clear in its understanding of how the world should be' Judith Butler
'An urgent interrogation of a manufactured moral panic. If you're sick of seeing people's humanity reduced to cannon fodder for the culture war, read this book' Ash Sarkar
'This book feels like a moment. It's heartfelt but analytical, in-depth and utterly humane. A landmark piece of work' Sinead Gleeson
Trans people in Britain today have become a culture war 'issue'. Despite making up less than one per cent of the country's population, they are the subjects of a toxic and increasingly polarized 'debate' which generates reliable controversy for newspapers and talk shows. This media frenzy conceals a simple fact: that we are having the wrong conversation, a conversation in which trans people themselves are reduced to a talking point and denied a meaningful voice.
In this powerful new book, Shon Faye reclaims the idea of the 'transgender issue' to uncover the reality of what it means to be trans in a transphobic society. In doing so, she provides a compelling, wide-ranging analysis of trans lives from youth to old age, exploring work, family, housing, healthcare, the prison system and trans participation in the LGBTQ+ and feminist communities, in contemporary Britain and beyond.
The Transgender Issue is a landmark work that signals the beginning of a new, healthier conversation about trans life. It is a manifesto for change, and a call for justice and solidarity between all marginalized people and minorities. Trans liberation, as Faye sees it, goes to the root of what our society is and what it could be; it offers the possibility of a more just, free and joyful world for all of us.