Today is an important day on my calendar, because it’s the International Transgender Day of Visibility.
As many of you know, I’m transgender. I was assigned female at birth and only came to realise and accept that I was trans when I was about 45 years old (better late than never).
Trans visibility is important, because it was only through reading stories with transgender characters, and watching video diaries from other trans people that I was finally able to recognise myself and make sense of things I’d been feeling all my life but didn’t have an explanation for.
Of course not all trans people want to be seen and recognised as transgender – and that’s okay. It’s also important to remember that for some trans people it’s not safe to be visible. As a white, middle class person living in the UK I recognise the privilege that allows me to talk about my history and share it with others if I choose. Through doing so, I’ve had other trans people reach out to contact me for support and it’s been an honour to be trusted with that, and to help other people discover and embrace their authentic selves.
To celebrate TDOV, and to help raise awareness, I’ve made one of my transgender romances free to download at Amazon for three days. Here are the links and details:
Everyone deserves a second chance.
Nate and his teenage daughter need a fresh start, so they move back to the village where he grew up. Nate’s transgender, and not used to disclosing his history, so it’s hard living where people knew him before. When Nate reconnects with Jack—his best friend from school and unrequited crush—his feelings return as strong as ever.
Jack’s returned home to get his life in order after an addiction to alcohol caused him to lose everything: his job, his driver’s licence, and nearly his life. He’s living with his parents, which is less than ideal, but rekindling his friendship with Nate—or Nat as Jack once knew him—is an unexpected benefit of being back home. Jack is amazed by Nate’s transformation, and can’t deny his attraction. Trying for more than friendship might ruin what they already have, but the chemistry between them is undeniable.
Doubting his feelings are reciprocated, Nate fears he’s risking heartbreak. Jack’s reluctance to tell his parents about their relationship only reinforces Nate’s misgivings. With both their hearts on the line and their happiness at stake, Jack needs to make things right, and Nate has to be prepared to give him a second chance.