Book Review: Sorted

Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place by Jackson Bird

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Disclaimer: I’m a hopelessly cisgender muggle, and selecting this book I admittedly embarked on a very steep learning curve in reference to our trans friends & acquaintances. I’m glad I did. Sorted was/is more than memoir, it’s a text as well.

Jackson Bird is more than a teacher; he’s an instructor. Plus, he’s a very funny dude, and if I understand what pithy means, that, too. ‘Breast of times’? ‘These hips don’t lie’ See what I mean?

Anyone who writes with such candor, courage, and competence deserves to be read widely, and this author does all those things very well. Formatted like notes to himself for future reference, Sorted is the author’s travelogue from first awakenings of his gender dysphoria, through the maze of physical and emotional, and social, and cultural minefields he had to navigate to get to serenity and a genuine life. All in all, it was quite a journey for him, and quite a payout for the ‘Free My Nipples’ effort where it seemed to begin.

This book enlightened me to just a few of the many struggles, and the very real obstacles transgender people face in this still puritanical, rigidly binary society. In writing Sorted, Jackson Bird has gone a long way toward liberating himself. But he’s also cleared a path toward liberation for us muggles as well.

From one Cisgender citizen to others, if you care to learn the basics of transgender life, and if you care for a trans person, read this brave and important book. Here’s a place to start: Like every trans person, Jackson Bird wasn’t ‘born a girl’; he was was born as himself. As he might say, instead of AFAB, he was AHAB: Assigned Human At Birth. Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place



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