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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

A timely and captivating memoir about gender identity set against the backdrop of the transgender equality movement, by a leading activist and the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.

Sarah McBride is on a mission to fight for transgender rights around the world. But before she was a prominent activist, and before she became the first transgender person to speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, she was a teenager struggling with her identity.

With emotional depth and unparalleled honesty, Sarah shares her personal struggle with gender identity, coming out to her supportive but distraught parents, and finding her way as a woman. She inspires readers with her barrier-breaking political journey that took her, in just four years, from a frightened, closeted college student to one of the nation's most prominent transgender activists walking the halls of the White House, passing laws, and addressing the country in the midst of a heated presidential election. She also details the heartbreaking romance with her first love and future husband Andy, a trans man and activist, who passed away from cancer in 2014 just days after they were married.

Sarah's story of identity, love, and tragic loss serves as a powerful entry point for readers who want to gain a deeper understanding of gender identity and what it means to be openly transgender. From issues like bathroom access to healthcare, identification and schools, Sarah weaves the important political milestones, cultural and political debates, and historical context into a personal journey that will open hearts and change minds.

Tomorrow Will Be Different highlights Sarah’s work as an activist and the key issues at the forefront of the fight for trans equality, providing a call-to-arms and empowering look at the road ahead. The fight for equality and freedom has only just begun.

“We must never be a country that says there’s only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live.” –Sarah McBride @goodreads 

*Unfortunately, this is one of the last hardbacks I will get free through the BlogginForBooks program. They are closing down and this is sad as they were one of the best.*

It's rare to know in real time what you are about to do will define the course of the rest of your life. But as I sat at my laptop in the small office I had been given as student body president at American University, I knew that my world was about to turn upside down. I was about to reveal my deepest secret and take a step that just a few months before would have seemed impossible and unimaginable. 

This is the first I have heard of Sarah McBride as I don't want the news or any kind of politics. Reading her story, I feel she was very brave coming out and telling her story. I'm glad she had a lot of people that were behind her. I'm glad she found for all kinds of equality. I don't think there is something wrong with you if you were born in the wrong body. Sarah didn't feel like a boy, Sarah was a woman and there is nothing wrong with that. 

"I'm transgender," I'd finally say into my mirror. "I'm a girl." 

Instantly, shame would run over me. It couldn't be true. Incapable of accept that fact, I kept trying to convince myself that it would diminish with age. Or, at the very least, that I could compensate for it. At eighteen and nineteen, I'd still try to convince myself with the same arguments I made ten years earlier. 

I find that really sad that she had to feel that way but such is life in this world. 

The story of Sarah and her husband, Andy was so romantic and so very, very sad. She gets him and then she loses him to the horrific cancer. I hate cancer, it takes everything! 

Just a couple more excerpts and I'm done. This is a wonderful book for all people and I think especially for those that are transgender to give them hope. 

I started hormones shortly after coming out to my parents. Slowly, they began to have an effect on things like my skin and fat distribution, but mostly on my psyche. Even though I had started on hormones and they were having an effect, I was still representing as someone I was not. I had held off on adjusting my gender expression until I had come out to my school and the public. Now that was done and I was ready to live as myself. 


I've been blessed with a community that does not see my womanhood and "transness" as mutually exclusive. I won't lose my job or my friends. I'm less likely to face violence. These realities allow me to be public, and in my mind, those privileges call on me to utilize whatever platform I have to try to open hearts and change minds. Being student boy president allowed me to do that, and now, being at the White House gave me that opportunity with some of the most powerful people in the country. 

**Thank you to BloggingForBooks for a few great years. I will miss you.**