In Transit: Being Non-Binary in a World of Dichotomies

Broadleaf. Jul. 2022. 178p. ISBN 9781506479248. $24.99. SOC SCI
Kudos to Anderson (Damaged Goods) for placing a glossary at the front of their book, as it creates cohesive vocabulary for the remainder of the work. After establishing terms, the book explores non-binary identity through the theory and historical context of what the book refers to as the transsexual movement. This lens allows Anderson to add contemporary observations and comparisons to the piece, as well as personal narrative where appropriate. They discuss trans people in the Bible, trans people in the Roman Empire, and trans Indigenous people; use The Matrix to successfully explain Baudrillard; and reflect on their own sense of physical self. Anderson’s struggle with faith and finding community as a formal evangelical will resonate, as will their analysis of the obsession to define what a woman is. Anderson’s message about being recognized as non-binary and finding joy are as potent as the research.
VERDICT Allies new and old will discover this book fills the gaps in the current conversations about trans people and communities.
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