I’ve been a big fan and avid reader of Juliet Jaques’ series for The Guardian, A Transgender Journey, ever since I stumbled upon it. Her everyday portrayal of living through gender transition is one of the best examples of transsexual outreach I could ever hope to see in a mainstream publication. She’s easily readable, occasionally witty, and engagingly positive. I have a gut feeling she persuades far more people to accept trans people through the illustration of her life than a hundred opinion pieces about trans rights could ever hope to accomplish.
In a blog post today, Juliet explains how the series came to be.
So, during a telephone conversation shortly after I started living as female in summer 2009, we started discussing my initial experiences: Joe, with the critical distance about this that I subjectively lacked, simply said, “You should pitch this as a blog to The Guardian – they’ll bite your hand off.”
Hands thankfully intact, Juliet relates the full story including some very interesting background on The Guardian’s history on the trans issue (not always so positive). It’s well worth a full read.