Then This Happened: After Transparently

Book, 2023, 410 pp
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Transparently: Behind the Scenes of a Good Life (2011) covered the first 59 years and six months of my life, including the month following my gender confirmation surgery (GCS) in 2010. Fast forward 13 years and Then This Happened: After Transparently concludes my story through March 30, 2023. It captures the unforeseen challenges and realities that have unfolded since GCS. No longer shielded by rose-coloured glasses of hopeful anticipation, my experiences reflect the harsh truths of a society increasingly hostile toward the trans community. Yet, I hope my story might encourage trans persons, their families, and allies to not only imagine, but work to create a more inclusive and accepting future for all persons. By sharing our stories, I believe, we help break down the barriers that divide us and create a more compassionate and just world.

Then This Happened is a unique book in the transgender niche. Lisa Salazar transitioned in her late 50s after decades of internal struggle when language couldn’t fully express her gender dysphoria. It took courage for a Christian husband, father, and business owner to risk everything without knowing the outcome. Lisa’s book generously shares her struggles, decisions, thoughts, and eventual successes. I got to know Lisa intimately shortly after her transition thirteen years ago. While I knew other transgender individuals, none as deeply as Lisa. Although activism was never her goal, her kindness, empathy, gentleness, and commitment to truth led her to address injustices and educate others publicly. Then This Happened delicately reveals the complexities and challenges faced by transgender people. I’ve had a front-row seat to Lisa’s remarkable journey, and now readers can meet and learn from my dear friend, just as I have. -- Kathy Baldock, author of Walking the Bridgeless Canyon and Founder of Canyonwalker Connections, Reno, Nevada

TypePrint
GenreBiography/Memoir
ExpressionNarrative/Novel/Story
TopicGender/Sexuality
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSelf-Published
ISBN9780986931925

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