A new book about the life and experiences of a transgender South African woman will be launched in Cape Town and Johannesburg in the coming weeks.
Always Anastacia: A Transgender Life in South Africa, published by Jonathan Ball Publishers, is a memoir by medical doctor Anastacia Tomson.
Born into a Jewish family in Johannesburg and raised by her parents as a boy, Tomson says she was never sure just how much of her persistent internal discomfort to blame on her often troubled family life and strict upbringing.
She qualified and practised as a doctor, but it would take a great deal more clear-sighted and difficult questioning, not least of the medical fraternity, to finally find peace and self-acceptance.
The memoir is described as “a clarion call for a more nuanced understanding of trans people and the concepts of sex, gender and identity” and a “courageous account of self-discovery and transition as Anastacia embraces her truth, as the woman she has always been.”
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