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Discover what it means to be a young transgender or non-binary person in the twenty-first century in this frank and funny guide for 14+ teens, from the author of This Book Is Gay. What's the T?, Stonewall ambassador, bestselling trans author and former PSHE teacher Juno Dawson defines a myriad of labels and identities and offers uncensored advice on coming out, sex and rel Discover what it means to be a young transgender or non-binary person in the twenty-first century in this frank and funny guide for 14+ teens, from the author of This Book Is Gay. What's the T?, Stonewall ambassador, bestselling trans author and former PSHE teacher Juno Dawson defines a myriad of labels and identities and offers uncensored advice on coming out, sex and relationships with her trademark humour and lightness of touch. Juno has also invited her trans and non-binary friends to make contributions, ensuring this inclusive book reflects as many experiences as possible, and features the likes of Travis Alabanza and Jay Hulme. The companion title to the groundbreaking This Book Is Gay, What's the T? tackles the complex realities of growing up trans with honesty and humour, and is joyfully illustrated by gender non-conforming artist Soofiya.


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Discover what it means to be a young transgender or non-binary person in the twenty-first century in this frank and funny guide for 14+ teens, from the author of This Book Is Gay. What's the T?, Stonewall ambassador, bestselling trans author and former PSHE teacher Juno Dawson defines a myriad of labels and identities and offers uncensored advice on coming out, sex and rel Discover what it means to be a young transgender or non-binary person in the twenty-first century in this frank and funny guide for 14+ teens, from the author of This Book Is Gay. What's the T?, Stonewall ambassador, bestselling trans author and former PSHE teacher Juno Dawson defines a myriad of labels and identities and offers uncensored advice on coming out, sex and relationships with her trademark humour and lightness of touch. Juno has also invited her trans and non-binary friends to make contributions, ensuring this inclusive book reflects as many experiences as possible, and features the likes of Travis Alabanza and Jay Hulme. The companion title to the groundbreaking This Book Is Gay, What's the T? tackles the complex realities of growing up trans with honesty and humour, and is joyfully illustrated by gender non-conforming artist Soofiya.

30 review for What's the T? The no-nonsense guide to all things trans and/or non-binary for teens

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lex

    A very thorough, funny and kind guide to the experience of being trans/non-binary. Would recommend this to everybody, trans and cis, young and old, to get a better understanding of what it's like to explore your gender identity. A very thorough, funny and kind guide to the experience of being trans/non-binary. Would recommend this to everybody, trans and cis, young and old, to get a better understanding of what it's like to explore your gender identity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    Very informative. I wish I'd had this book when my daughter came out but we had to learn the hard way. Great narration by Juno Dawson. Very informative. I wish I'd had this book when my daughter came out but we had to learn the hard way. Great narration by Juno Dawson.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    with the rampant negative depictions of trans lives in the press, amidst the furore of hatred, bigotry and transphobia, some would be surprised to learn that trans people have existed for, well, as long as any of us have really. the media and hate-fuelled town criers (read: transphobes online) feel the need to attach their diatribe to a plethora of historically oppressed minority groups and unfortunately trans people have borne the brunt of these attacks in more recent years. in this remarkable with the rampant negative depictions of trans lives in the press, amidst the furore of hatred, bigotry and transphobia, some would be surprised to learn that trans people have existed for, well, as long as any of us have really. the media and hate-fuelled town criers (read: transphobes online) feel the need to attach their diatribe to a plethora of historically oppressed minority groups and unfortunately trans people have borne the brunt of these attacks in more recent years. in this remarkable follow-up to her recently revised debut, this book is gay, juno dawson breaks down every barrier of knowledge you could ever wish to know about trans lives. not only for cis allies, but primarily for fellow members of the lgbtq+ community and any questioning young queers or trans babies who are looking for solace, support and somewhere to turn to for help. dawson leaves no element of her own transition and life out of this memoir slash handbook, addressing her early realisations of her identity and sexuality, her romantic journey and even personal anecdotes from her parents and partner. the vibrant colloquial cadence of dawson’s writing makes for compelling and heart-warming reading. she doesn’t shy away from the complications of gender, sexuality and trans life, nor censoring herself for parents or adults who may be reading to better understand their children. she considers every perspective carefully and ensures that young trans teens have a voice of reassurance and experience behind them as they read and embark on a journey that nothing can truly prepare them for. the value in this book cannot be understated and I would firmly encourage anyone and everyone to read and absorb it as just one of the few ways in which we can all do our best to support our trans friends and loved ones.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This is a deeply compassionate and very comprehensive book full of great info aimed primarily and trans and nonbinary youth as well as their parents, though I think absolutely everyone - trans and cis - should get themselves a hold of this!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Reads

    As a fan of Juno Dawson from both her YA novels and her other titles such as 'This Book is Gay' and 'The Gender Games' - her new book 'What's The T?' doesn't disappoint. It is informative, helpful, optimistic, and funny but with a good dose of reality and some of the things that can downright suck too. I love this about Juno, she is HONEST, kind and supportive. As a cisgender ally to the LGBTQ+ community Juno has taught me so much. This book has made me question things about my own gender identity As a fan of Juno Dawson from both her YA novels and her other titles such as 'This Book is Gay' and 'The Gender Games' - her new book 'What's The T?' doesn't disappoint. It is informative, helpful, optimistic, and funny but with a good dose of reality and some of the things that can downright suck too. I love this about Juno, she is HONEST, kind and supportive. As a cisgender ally to the LGBTQ+ community Juno has taught me so much. This book has made me question things about my own gender identity (I've realised there is much about myself which is gender-nonconforming), made me think about how I can be a better ally and as a parent how best I could respond if one of my own children came out as trans. It is rare for me to re-read a book but I feel this may be one of the few exceptions, I feel that I should, and need, to read it again! Both because it is amazing and because I want to make sure I have truly taken in everything Juno has to say and understand it in the best way I can. I hope this book finds it's way into as many hands of young trans people as possible. Being a school librarian I will be purchasing this book for our shelves and promoting it to all students to read (to be fair it will probably not need promoting, Juno's books don't tend to stay on the shelves long, I may need two copies)!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ocean

    This is such an informative and educational book! If you're questioning your gender, this book is for you. If you know you're trans or nonbinary and just need some advice or want to know more about transitioning, the law, relationships, etc., this book is for you. If you are a friend, relative or co-worker of a trans person and you want to understand what they're going through, this book is for you. I genuinely believe that everyone will benefit from reading What's the T? regardless of their cir This is such an informative and educational book! If you're questioning your gender, this book is for you. If you know you're trans or nonbinary and just need some advice or want to know more about transitioning, the law, relationships, etc., this book is for you. If you are a friend, relative or co-worker of a trans person and you want to understand what they're going through, this book is for you. I genuinely believe that everyone will benefit from reading What's the T? regardless of their circumstances. There are many things to be learnt from this book, for both trans and cis people. A lot of the time hate comes from fear, which comes from misunderstanding. If the population read this book, they'd have a much better understanding of trans people and would almost certainly be more accepting of us. If this book had existed a decade ago when I first started questioning my gender, my life would have been a lot less complicated. I just hope this book reaches everyone who needs it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A must read for everyone

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marcy Thomas

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. I knew I was expecting something great after reading Dawson’s book Gender Games, and this met my expectations perfectly. This book couldn’t be more timely, with transgender discussion taking centre stage, and Dawson takes the time to educate us on everything we need to know, with her signature style and wit. She discusses everything from identity, transitioning, sexuality, gender politics, and battling all the misconceptions Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. I knew I was expecting something great after reading Dawson’s book Gender Games, and this met my expectations perfectly. This book couldn’t be more timely, with transgender discussion taking centre stage, and Dawson takes the time to educate us on everything we need to know, with her signature style and wit. She discusses everything from identity, transitioning, sexuality, gender politics, and battling all the misconceptions surrounding it all. It was great to read a clear and compassionate book on everything you need to know about being transgender. It doesn’t matter if you’re transgender, a parent of a trans person, or interested in the topic, then this is perfect for you. It’s easy to read, it’s fantastic, and you can’t go wrong with Juno Dawson’s books. Brilliant!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Usai

    Can every school library please stock several copies of this? Okay, thank you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy Walker - Trans-Scribe Reviews

    Unfortunately, trans 'issues' are a big thing at the moment. I say unfortunately because this isn't really that good a thing. Yes, some things are getting easier for trans people, but on a whole we're having to watch our rights, our legality, and our very existence debated, debased, and dissected on an almost daily basis. The Independent Press Standards Organisation has found that there has been an over 400% increase in articles talking about trans people in the last decade. Sadly, most of this c Unfortunately, trans 'issues' are a big thing at the moment. I say unfortunately because this isn't really that good a thing. Yes, some things are getting easier for trans people, but on a whole we're having to watch our rights, our legality, and our very existence debated, debased, and dissected on an almost daily basis. The Independent Press Standards Organisation has found that there has been an over 400% increase in articles talking about trans people in the last decade. Sadly, most of this coverage comes from people who hold negative, and often incorrect and ill informed, views on the trans community. These articles, presented as thing pieces, often contain very open and obvious transphobia, and help to spread this by not challenging these lies, or featuring trans voices to oppose them. Just this month the BBC has stated that it doesn't feel it needs to include trans voices on programmes such as Newsnight to counter negative views on trans people. Because of all of this negativity and the sheer amount of information out there it can be hard to know what to think, to know what information you should be listening to. And is especially daunting and scary for people just discovering their trans identity, and the families of those who come out as trans, especially young trans people. Luckily, Juno Dawson has presented a new book that aims to provide some clear info to help educate in these dark times. What's The T? covers a wide variety of topics, all of which play a part in the trans experience. These range from things like realising that you're trans and what to do next, to the trials of dating and romance whilst trans, and even information and resources for parents and loved ones of trans people who want to be more supportive and accommodating. With this being such a big, and often scary subject, it needs a very special kind of writing style to make it not seem overwhelming or overly complex; this is after all one of the more rare and varied things a person can go through, and no two trans people or their journeys are going to be exactly the same. Thankfully, Dawson manages to make the topic feel very easy to get a handle on, thanks in large part to her very conversational style of writing. Most of the time reading this book it felt like I was sitting down with Juno, simply talking to her. She made these big concepts and issues feel more manageable, and broke them down in ways that a complete layman would be able to grasp. What's The T? isn't just filled with breakdowns of different medical treatments, or guides on how to navigate a world where it feels like most people hate you because of how you were born, it also has stories about trans people who have survived and thrived. This 'Transgender Hall of Fame' is scattered throughout the book, and features names that will be familiar, as well as people you've probably never heard of. It features writers, artists, filmmaker, politicians, and icons. These are the people who've put themselves in the spotlight, in the cross-hairs of transphobes and bigot, yet have succeeded and found happiness. These small stories show those people in the trans community who might be afraid of what the future could hold, or if they could even have a future, that they're just as capable of succeeding, and that anything is possible. As someone who's been out as trans for almost a decade, who's gone through the long and arduous process of pursuing treatment and help on the NHS, who's been attacked in the street, fired from jobs, and abused online, yet managed to find a loving relationship, to have surrounded myself with friends and family who accept and love me for who I am I don't think this book is really for me. I knew most of what was in here before I read it, with only the exception of a few featured people or stats being new information to me, yet I still found it to be an amazing read. Because it's the kind of book I'd have loved to have read when I first realised I was trans. For me, and so many thousands of other trans people, we've had to piece together information and advice from internet forums and chatroom's, from helpful people at LGBTQ+ centres, kind doctors, and trans elders as to what we could do, how we could navigate this world, and how we would survive. We didn't have something like this, but I am so grateful others will. I'm so happy that this book exists out in the world now, that it will be able to help trans people and their allies, and that it can help to combat the deluge of transphobia that's taking over the world; particularly my home country.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kenna

    4.5 stars I love all of Juno's books and this was no different I love that non binary identities were included throughout! The illustrations were awesome! I would've liked a little more for people who are like teens, but aren't like a parent yet (eg. Me) In fact yes juno should just write a book about me next. 4.5 stars I love all of Juno's books and this was no different I love that non binary identities were included throughout! The illustrations were awesome! I would've liked a little more for people who are like teens, but aren't like a parent yet (eg. Me) In fact yes juno should just write a book about me next.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Helen Swinyard

    So - I'm reviewing this book for the SLA magazine, so it will be quite formal in the end. But already one of my annoyances - the description here says 'for 14+' as many LGBT books do by default, but the author has already said “it’s a book of everything I wish I’d known when I was twelve” (p21) and it feels clearly aimed to be accessed by 11+ (and younger by artwork but not by language). It's one of those little things about LGBT books that publishers etc do that winds me up. Review for 'School Li So - I'm reviewing this book for the SLA magazine, so it will be quite formal in the end. But already one of my annoyances - the description here says 'for 14+' as many LGBT books do by default, but the author has already said “it’s a book of everything I wish I’d known when I was twelve” (p21) and it feels clearly aimed to be accessed by 11+ (and younger by artwork but not by language). It's one of those little things about LGBT books that publishers etc do that winds me up. Review for 'School Librarian' magazine (SLA) Essential addition to your library. Conversational style along with additional formal sections and referencing, this is Dawson’s honest and witty take on everything to do with being transgender and/or non-binary. Dawson has clearly done a lot of research to add to her own experience, and includes many quotes from other trans or non-binary people too. There is a LOT of information to take in, if this is the reader’s way of learning more about this, but this means everything is in one place.This book is the book version of a knowledgeable or helpful human ally, but easier to find, so is definitely recommended for your library, to sit alongside Dawson’s earlier companion boko ‘This book is gay’. It is a re-assuring and affirming book but does not shy away from the problems a transgender or non-binary person faces. Includes hall of fame, history, further reading, glossary, index, advice for parents, transphobia, practical and emotional support/advice.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carrie-Anne

    Reading the first chapter I thought this was going to be aimed at quite a young audience, it was written very simplified and felt like it would only scratch the surface or be dumbed down a bit. After that initial chapter though, this book was filled with great information for trans, questioning, ally and parental peeps alike. I'm sure the initial 'here are the basic words' is needed, especially when aimed at parents or people who don't know much about sexuality and gender so I see why it started Reading the first chapter I thought this was going to be aimed at quite a young audience, it was written very simplified and felt like it would only scratch the surface or be dumbed down a bit. After that initial chapter though, this book was filled with great information for trans, questioning, ally and parental peeps alike. I'm sure the initial 'here are the basic words' is needed, especially when aimed at parents or people who don't know much about sexuality and gender so I see why it started like that. Each chapter goes into a different aspect of the trans / non binary life. The book talks about everything from trans experiences throughout history (that are never taught or mentioned), relationships (romantic, platonic and self care) to the resources provided by various countries (but mostly with a UK skew, because Juno Dawson is from here) Interspersed throughout are little mini profiles, or 'transgender hall of fame' pages, where a plethora of trans and nb people are celebrated with a quote and a paragraph on what they do and who they are. This is a great book that everyone should read, whatever your gender identity is and whether or not you know (or know that you know) a trans person, everyone should do there bit by learning and helping society learn and move forward.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Bentley

    Something I always worry about is whether or not I say something that could offend someone. If I do, it is a genuine mistake and never intentional. However, with so many marginalised people in society it is such an easy thing to do. And here is why: there just isn’t enough education out there. That is why I am so grateful for the non-fiction books that Juno Dawson has written. The Gender Games, Mind Your Head and This Book is Gay have widened my knowledge about topics that I don’t have the lived Something I always worry about is whether or not I say something that could offend someone. If I do, it is a genuine mistake and never intentional. However, with so many marginalised people in society it is such an easy thing to do. And here is why: there just isn’t enough education out there. That is why I am so grateful for the non-fiction books that Juno Dawson has written. The Gender Games, Mind Your Head and This Book is Gay have widened my knowledge about topics that I don’t have the lived experience of. It is the same with her fantastic new release What’s the T?. We are seeing more and more people – young people – realising that they can be their true selves and that there is help available for them to achieve that – both medical help and help for their mental health when dealing with huge life changes. What’s the T? is essential reading for anyone who works with children or teenagers for many reasons some basic ones being that they know what terms to use, what terminology is unacceptable and how to help and support someone who is questioning their gender. In her inimitable no-nonesense style, Juno Dawson tells you straight how to be an ally and if you aren’t being an ally then you really are just a weenie (a term I personally feel we need to bring back into fashion.) What’s the T? by Juno Dawson is available now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alyx Hurst

    A very informative, affirming, and handy guide to young trans people. It's an easy read and the illustrations also make it fun. The only criticism that I have is that although asexual and aromantic identities are mentioned in the book, neither are described accurately, as both are referred to as the lack of desire for a sexual/romantic relationship rather than a lack of sexual/romantic attraction. I found this a bit disappointing as if those identities are going to be included, they should be re A very informative, affirming, and handy guide to young trans people. It's an easy read and the illustrations also make it fun. The only criticism that I have is that although asexual and aromantic identities are mentioned in the book, neither are described accurately, as both are referred to as the lack of desire for a sexual/romantic relationship rather than a lack of sexual/romantic attraction. I found this a bit disappointing as if those identities are going to be included, they should be researched and described accurately in my opinion, especially when there's a lot of people who equate being asexual with being sex repulsed when that is not the case and a lot of confusion generally around ace/aro identities. Other than that though, like I said, a great read for young trans people and anyone who considers themself an ally of the trans community!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    ‘What’s the T’ is a brilliant guide to understand transgender and non-binary identities. This is an informative and well written guide for teens and adults alike, and is written much in the same way as Juno Dawson’s ‘This Book is Gay’. With her own experiences as well as other’s from across the who spectrum of trans identities, this book will help trans and cis (those who identify with their assigned gender at birth) people to understand a little more about the confusing world of gender identity. ‘What’s the T’ is a brilliant guide to understand transgender and non-binary identities. This is an informative and well written guide for teens and adults alike, and is written much in the same way as Juno Dawson’s ‘This Book is Gay’. With her own experiences as well as other’s from across the who spectrum of trans identities, this book will help trans and cis (those who identify with their assigned gender at birth) people to understand a little more about the confusing world of gender identity. This book is written with Juno Dawson’s usual wit and it feels more like a conversation with a close friend than a non-fiction book. The writing is clear and easy to understand. Within the book, the author answers some questions from trans and cis people, which I think was a really good addition. Whether you’re trans, a parent with a trans kid, know someone who is trans, or just an ally wanting to understand more about trans identities, this provides an excellent starting point to understanding more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shae Weir

    I am nonbinary transgender, and I found a lot of issues with this book. I will update this review with a link to a full video review of this new work very shortly (early-mid March.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bekks Reads Books

    Informative yet funny. A brilliant book for teens and adults alike.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex B

    its been a super informative read with lots of resources on the topic!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    I absolutely loved this book. Honestly, 10/10 absolutely amazing. As a CisHet person who tries to continuously educate herself on trans matters, I am beyond thankful this book exists. It's easily written, in a language that everyone can understand and it is a mixture of information for trans teens, family and allys, history lessons and trans people talking about their own experiences. It was incredibly beautiful to read all the testimonials and to learn about trans historic figures. It was less I absolutely loved this book. Honestly, 10/10 absolutely amazing. As a CisHet person who tries to continuously educate herself on trans matters, I am beyond thankful this book exists. It's easily written, in a language that everyone can understand and it is a mixture of information for trans teens, family and allys, history lessons and trans people talking about their own experiences. It was incredibly beautiful to read all the testimonials and to learn about trans historic figures. It was less beautiful to read about all of the hatred and prejudice the trans community still has to endure and I just wish that every single person on this planet would read this book. I am sure that if they would, nobody could even find a shred of a reason as to why being trans is anything less than. I hope that it is as helpful to people who are questioning themselves or who have just realised or accepted their being trans as it was to me. I feel like I understand body disphoria and the struggle to live in this insane binary world a bit better now.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    What's the T? is a guide for teenagers about being transgender, aimed at both trans and non-binary teens and those who want to support them (though addressed much more to the former). Juno Dawson applies her wit and friendly, candid tone to a range of areas including terminology, coming out, relationships, sex, and growing up, whilst also including contributions from trans and non-binary people and highlighting the work of others in the public eye. I've not read Dawson's previous guide, This Book What's the T? is a guide for teenagers about being transgender, aimed at both trans and non-binary teens and those who want to support them (though addressed much more to the former). Juno Dawson applies her wit and friendly, candid tone to a range of areas including terminology, coming out, relationships, sex, and growing up, whilst also including contributions from trans and non-binary people and highlighting the work of others in the public eye. I've not read Dawson's previous guide, This Book Is Gay (it came out too late for me to be a teenager and too early for me to have discovered her YA books separately), but have read The Gender Games and quite a lot of her fiction, and this book has a similar tone, funny and no-nonsense, but with an understanding of how to frame things for teenagers. Particularly notable for me was the way she has to navigate a lot of the current debate and legal challenges around trans issues, trying to give teenagers information in an ever-changing (and often depressing) landscape, and she does it well, directly addressing some of the common "concerns" found online but without pulling the focus away from what trans teenagers actually experience and need to know. The inclusion of snippets of others' perspectives is nice too: there's other books that are more like a collection of essays, but this isn't that, and instead these are used to get across the more general advice and give insights into how things are different for different people. Not being the target age range of the book, I can't say for sure the impact it could have for actual teenagers, but I can say that it would've been great personally to have as a teenager, making it easier for asking yourself questions about your own gender whilst learning about what it might mean, and then what might happen later. I know it would've been the sort of book I would've been nervous to have or read, but which would've been really important and would've allowed me to explore who I am/was much earlier. The fact it covers the difference between sexuality and gender and gives some information about both and how they connect is also really crucial, and again is something I can now see I would've benefited from as a teenager. This is a book that needs to be in libraries, both school ones and otherwise, so that people can access its information, both teenagers who need it and adults who need to support these teenagers (it has a small section at the end addressing parents). Hopefully it'll be useful to a lot of people as it provides a starting point for some and a way of bringing together information for others.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Interesting, informative and witty. I think everyone should read this book no matter what their age or gender identity is.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    A really valuable book for young trans people for advice and support. I personally found it insightful and helpful as someone who works with young trans students in a secondary school setting and I’ll certainly ensure that we have copies available in the school library.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Estelle

    4.5/5🌟 Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending a digital copy my way! One of the greatest thing about this book, and I say it first because that is the first thing to come to my mind, is how it could be put into anyone's hand. Like, really. Because every information is destined not only to young (or not) transgender and non-binary people but also to their parents, to their loved ones, to anyone who would like some information. There are multiple ways to educate yourself on a topic and I 4.5/5🌟 Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending a digital copy my way! One of the greatest thing about this book, and I say it first because that is the first thing to come to my mind, is how it could be put into anyone's hand. Like, really. Because every information is destined not only to young (or not) transgender and non-binary people but also to their parents, to their loved ones, to anyone who would like some information. There are multiple ways to educate yourself on a topic and I do believe reading books about it, written by people involved in the theme/topic you are interested in, is one of the best ways to do so. Because the people writing about it do it so other people can learn, other people can maybe relate, or find themselves in a book. Which can help a lot when you know how many rude questions are asked to transgender or non-binary (or even demi-gendered) people. I am cis, so I read this book as the cis ally I want to be to transgender people. That also means my review isn't going to be the same as a transgender or nonbinary person, since I am not directly involved in the topic. I did not have a lot of questioning about the trans community because I used to question my gender a lot and made a lot of research, to part into non-profits and stuff. But still, I learned stuff reading this book. Stuff I didn't know. Stuff I never noticed, such as certain micro-aggressions cis people can't possibly be aware of at the first sight. So now, I let you imagine how wonderful this book would be between the hands of a person who knows nothing of the trans community. A person who's child or sister or brother or best friend or whatever just came out to, who might ask the wrong questions, who might be rude because of the lack of education. I read This Book is Gay some times ago, and this book made me very happy. I couldn't wait to read more non-fiction books by Juno Dawson, and I am equally happy about this one. Maybe more, because the research behind it and the interviews and the illustrations are very amazing. The content is highly interesting to me, as I discovered so many new trans and non-binary voices through those pages. But I also got some information on the law and how it works, on the deeper issues trans and non-binary people have to face that I had no idea of. I think it can also be very helpful to trans and non-binary people or even people questioning their gender. As I told you, I am cis, so I can't really tell you much more, but I do recommend this amazing non-fiction to you guys. Read more at www.thebookishgarden.com

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. Seriously. THANK YOU. As soon as I saw that Juno had a book coming called ‘What’s The T?’ I knew I needed it. I read ‘This Book Is Gay’ a while back and I enjoyed reading it so much. I was able to see myself in the pages as a bisexual, and that meant a lot. Not only that, but I learnt a hell of a lot too. Now on to What’s The T? It’s important for me to say that I am a cis woman. I think it’s important to say that before getting in to my review, as I know many Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC. Seriously. THANK YOU. As soon as I saw that Juno had a book coming called ‘What’s The T?’ I knew I needed it. I read ‘This Book Is Gay’ a while back and I enjoyed reading it so much. I was able to see myself in the pages as a bisexual, and that meant a lot. Not only that, but I learnt a hell of a lot too. Now on to What’s The T? It’s important for me to say that I am a cis woman. I think it’s important to say that before getting in to my review, as I know many will be looking for Own Voices reviews and recommendations, and I want to make sure people can find what they are looking for in the reviews. :) What’s the T? is a fantastic, educational and informative book. As a cis person, trans ally, and a friend to many incredible trans people, it was very important to me that I read this book. I learnt a lot of things I didn’t know before, read about some things I already knew about, and was entertained whilst being educated the entire time. Juno has a wonderfully whimsical way of writing. She uses humour and a lightness in her writing that makes it joyful to read. You honestly forget you are being educated because reading this book feels very much like talking to a friend. Being written by a trans woman, What’s The T? gives you REAL TALK. Juno talks about her own life, her own feelings, her own experiences. This was also such an uplifting and proud reading experience for me, as I have been a fan of Juno for a long time. I have been reading her books for a lot of years, and first discovered her before she came out as a trans woman and transitioned. It was so beautiful and inspiring to read Juno talk about how she feels as her true self, living her best life and gave me such a warm feeling inside. What’s The T? includes advice on transitioning, family/friends/partners relationships, laws, quotes and stories from trans people throughout history right up to the present, information on the medical side of transitioning (like operations, medications and doctors appointments), just to name a few. This book is written for anyone questioning their gender, anyone who is trans, anyone who is non-binary, anyone who is cis, ANYONE who wants to learn. I have learnt so much from this book. So much I was surprised I didn’t know before. This book and books like it are so important, and integral to creating a world where transphobia doesn’t exist. If you are a cis person reading this review, please read this book. It’s our duty as decent human beings to create an acceptable and loving environment for everyone, no matter who they are and how they identify. This is one of those books where I want everyone and their dog to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Z

    What's the T by Juno Dawson Review What's the T is a handy guide for teens (and adults!) about being trans/nonbinary, written by Stonewall ambassador and bestselling trans author, Juno Dawson, and is joyfully illustrated by gender non-conforming artist Soofiya. Juno defines a myriad and labels and identities and offers uncensored advice on coming out, sex, and relationships with her trademark humor and lightness of touch. Juno also invited many trans and nonbinary friends to write pieces for this What's the T by Juno Dawson Review What's the T is a handy guide for teens (and adults!) about being trans/nonbinary, written by Stonewall ambassador and bestselling trans author, Juno Dawson, and is joyfully illustrated by gender non-conforming artist Soofiya. Juno defines a myriad and labels and identities and offers uncensored advice on coming out, sex, and relationships with her trademark humor and lightness of touch. Juno also invited many trans and nonbinary friends to write pieces for this book too, and between each chapter are contributions from different people about their own experiences and views on being trans/nonbinary. I read this book in one sitting and wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved it. This brilliant guide is informative and well written for teens and adults alike. Within the book, the author answers some questions from trans and cis people and includes a section for cis allies to better understand what their trans friends/family are going through and how to be supportive, which I thought was a lovely touch. The back of the book has several pages of glossary, which includes defining many other LGBTQIA labels and terms, including asexual, aromantic, and agender, which aren’t often included, and, as an agender aroace, made me very happy to see. What’s the T has lots of advice for anyone questioning their gender, or just wanting to know more about what it means to be trans and presents it in a fun and entertaining way, while still being able to convey the seriousness of the challenges trans people face in the twenty-first century. With sections dedicated to coming out, passing or not, choosing a name, pronouns, puberty, legal stuff, and dealing with transphobia from being a teen right into adulthood, this book answers all of your questions and then some. The book also covers the history of the transgender identity and features profiles of famous trans people, like Janet Mock, Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox, Alex Bertie, and more. Similar to its companion book ‘This Book is Gay’, What’s the T has been hailed as the must-have handbook for everything trans to help young people and adults understand what it means to be trans and how to be a good ally. After reading this, I absolutely have to pick up a copy of This Book is Gay! With her own experiences and those of others from across the spectrum of trans identities, this book will help trans and cis people to understand a little more about the confusing world of gender identity. I highly recommend to anyone and everyone. It was such a fun, easy read with illustrations throughout by Soofiya, who also included their own experiences via a short comic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kiki van Dijk

    This book is very much directed towards teens (14+), which makes sense, because it's in the (sub)title. Therefore, you should not be surprised when Dawson only addresses people who still go to school, live with their parents, and so on, and uses language that is easy to understand. The jokes are also teen-focused (I think), and she uses popular abbreviations, such as "WTF is the T in LGBT+?" and "Y THO?". What's the T? consists of three parts: an explanation of what the terms "transgender" and " This book is very much directed towards teens (14+), which makes sense, because it's in the (sub)title. Therefore, you should not be surprised when Dawson only addresses people who still go to school, live with their parents, and so on, and uses language that is easy to understand. The jokes are also teen-focused (I think), and she uses popular abbreviations, such as "WTF is the T in LGBT+?" and "Y THO?". What's the T? consists of three parts: an explanation of what the terms "transgender" and "non-binary" mean, including a history of trans people; what it is like to be trans and/or non-binary, including information on puberty blockers, surgeries, etc.; and advice on what to do when you realise when you are trans and/or non-binary, or you are a (confused) parent and want to learn more. All parts were interesting to read, although thanks to the Internet I was already familiar with the majority of the things that are discussed. That said, I am glad that this book exists and that Juno Dawson took the time to write it. Hopefully, all (school) libraries will have a copy of this book, so that teens (well, people of all ages) can read it. Do note that What's the T? is mainly directed towards British citizens, or basically anyone who has access to the NHS. This is unsurprising, since Juno Dawson is British. If you are not from the UK, but still want information about what surgeries are supported by your local health service, this might not be the book for you. Anyway, there is a list of websites and charities at the back of this book, which might be handy if you are from one of these places: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and India. Overall, this is a highly recommendable book if you want to learn about what it means to be trans and/or non-binary. Since the author is British, she mainly discusses what it is like to be trans in the UK, and when you have access to the NHS. If you are not British, that information might not be very helpful, although the rest of the book still contains useful information. Conclusion: I recommend this book, although it does depend on what exactly you want to learn about.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Teresa (tqlikesbooks)

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read a digital advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars 'What's the T?' is an accessible guide for teens and young people to the full spectrum of gender (and how we perceive it) with particular focus on transgender and non-binary identities; from definitions of terms (both outdated and current), to short biographies of notable trans and/or non-binary people, to the author's own experiences being a trans woman. Li Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read a digital advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars 'What's the T?' is an accessible guide for teens and young people to the full spectrum of gender (and how we perceive it) with particular focus on transgender and non-binary identities; from definitions of terms (both outdated and current), to short biographies of notable trans and/or non-binary people, to the author's own experiences being a trans woman. Like Juno's companion YA non-fiction 'This Book is Gay', 'What's the T?' is written with great balance of humour and information; framed perfectly for a teen audience. I finished this in one sitting- it was frank, refreshing, and no-nonsense and thus immensely enjoyable. I appreciated that Juno herself recognised that 'This Book is Gay' was a very binary look at LGBT+ identities and sought to be much more inclusive with this book. I particularly liked the inclusion of a diverse range of trans and/or non-binary voices and the discussions of their experiences as well as a look at trans and/or non-binary people throughout history. This book could be a crucial resource for young people. I'm very glad that younger people will have access to a book like this, whether they be trans, queer, questioning, or just want to keep informed and be a good ally. This is a book I would recommend to everybody. Release date: February 2021

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lilithcarter

    I received the ARC of their book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. A very anticipated follow up to This Book is Gay. Juno Dawson talks you through the T in the LGBTQ+ community. Her voice is strong, witty,knowledgeable, compassionate, and truthful. A must read for parents, teachers, and everyone who stands for equality. Pick it up if you are confused/curious Pick it up if you know someone who needs the support and understanding. Pick it up if you want to be an ally I was put on the I received the ARC of their book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. A very anticipated follow up to This Book is Gay. Juno Dawson talks you through the T in the LGBTQ+ community. Her voice is strong, witty,knowledgeable, compassionate, and truthful. A must read for parents, teachers, and everyone who stands for equality. Pick it up if you are confused/curious Pick it up if you know someone who needs the support and understanding. Pick it up if you want to be an ally I was put on the spot once for not using the correct pronouns on one of my students, and I admitted right then and there that I was ignorant and that I needed to be educated, lucky for me they saw my honest embarrassment and will to learn that we agree on being lecture after a lesson. I wish this book was publish earlier, but I'm not complaining, things have been changing and perhaps today was a better time for it. Having read it in a ARC and not seeing the final version I can only ask for a better Glossary, i felt few terms were left out, like the whole acronym (LGBTTTQQIAA) by that I mean what ever comes after the Plus symbol (+) for when we say LGBTQ+ I was given that one from my Canadian student, so I'm not sure if the term is same for everyone. The author mentions TERF at some point so I would've like to see it on the glossary.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara Ann

    Juno Dawson’s This Book is Gay was my biggest ally when coming to terms with my sexuality. I am so pleased therefore that my trans siblings now have something to help them - whether they be questioning, curious or ready to transition. This book is well researched covering all aspects of trans identity from the social, to the medical. It covers legalities in various countries and includes helplines and information as well as a book list for future research. Juno writes with engaging humour and fran Juno Dawson’s This Book is Gay was my biggest ally when coming to terms with my sexuality. I am so pleased therefore that my trans siblings now have something to help them - whether they be questioning, curious or ready to transition. This book is well researched covering all aspects of trans identity from the social, to the medical. It covers legalities in various countries and includes helplines and information as well as a book list for future research. Juno writes with engaging humour and frankness in a way that doesn’t talk down to or infantilise the teenage audience. She is the literary best friend and fairy godsister every queer teen needs. This book would be excellent for anyone on a gender journey, or someone who loves them - I know I feel more like an ally having read Juno’s advice. And the sheer wealth of figures featured throughout in the trans hall of fame serves as a particularly lovely reminder of the existence of trans folk in all walks of society, and gave me some new people I want to learn more about. Thank you Juno for writing this book, it couldn’t come at a better time.

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