It takes a lot of courage to come to terms with one’s identity, especially when it is one so often mocked and frowned upon by the society in which we live. James Dawson, Queen of Teen and multi-award winning author, squashed those worries, however, when he boldly announced to the world that he was not the gay man he had thought he was, but instead, a woman in transition.
In his statement, he said:
About eighteen months ago I started what will be a very long journey into living as a woman. It was while writing THIS BOOK IS GAY that I realised I had far more in common with trans women than I did with gay men and started speaking to a gender therapist. I am now on a waiting list to receive treatment from specialist doctors and nurses.
People have already noticed me physically changing and I will continue to do so over the coming months. It’s a slow and complicated process and, with regret, I may have to take a step back from some events, and focus on writing.
In 2016, I’ll be back with MIND YOUR HEAD, the World Book Day novella SPOT THE DIFFERENCE, as well as a new name and news of a brand new novel with Hot Key Books, who have been wonderfully supportive. For now, please continue to refer to me as ‘he’/‘his’ until I am further along in my transition. I have the best readers in the world and I just know my gender identity isn’t going to be an issue for a second.
All my love
James (for now!) Dawson
And the support across social media was overwhelming. Check out some of Twitter’s kindest messages in the wake of this announcement:
@_jamesdawson you'll be amazing, whatever July holds. Quite how you'd top naked-Daenerys-with-modesty-dragon is anyone's guess.
— Emma Halford (@CorBlastMe) November 1, 2015
Excited for @_JamesDawson! I hope the coming journey is wonderful, fulfilling & warmly received. Let me know if you ever want to be painted.
— Gender Portraits (@GenderPortraits) October 25, 2015
@_jamesdawson brilliant stuff and congrats on being so bold and classy about it
— Paul Joseph (@paulbjoseph1) October 25, 2015
— Luke (@Luke___Simon) October 25, 2015
It's odd to feel so proud of someone I don't even know. But I am. https://t.co/Is1iU7E90y
— Angasa (@angasasalome) October 24, 2015
— Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) October 24, 2015
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