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What people are saying about Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency:


"Born on the Edge of Race and Gender is an extraordinary work by one of the most fearless and dynamic voices of our time—a multi-layered masterpiece that may well be the most accessible, lively, and honest account yet of life as a transgender man…Prepare to be dazzled, shaken, and amazed...Far more than just a memoir, this book is also a treasure trove of intersectional research, wisdom, and practical knowledge, distilled by one of the nation’s foremost experts on public health and other issues affecting transgender people, and one of the most experienced, hands-on cultural competency trainers in our movement." 


--Shannon Price Minter, Esq., Coeditor, Transgender Rights

President Obama’s Commission on White House Fellowships 


“Willy Wilkinson's Born on the Edge of Race and Gender offers practical, deeply insightful, and powerfully moving personal perspectives on diversity and cultural competency drawn from his own life experiences as an Asian American trans man with decades of experience as an activist, consultant, and policy advocate working on HIV/AIDS, disability, and LGBT issues. This is a highly readable, teachable, and informative text that should appeal to queer and Asian communities, and to educators, policy makers, social workers, health care providers, and social justice activists who work with those communities.”


--Susan Stryker, PhD, Author of Transgender History

Director, Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona


Born on the Edge of Race and Gender is far more than the traditional transgender memoir, as it places Willy Wilkinson's stories of childhood gender non-conformity and adulthood transition within the context of intersecting identities, and his several decade-long commitment to public health and policy advocacy for transgender communities. Smart, illuminating, passionate, and often humorous, it is a wonderful read for anyone interested in transgender activism, intersectionality, and social justice more generally.”


--Julia Serano, Author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive


“It's incredibly useful -- even life-changing -- whenever an experienced community health worker like Willy Wilkinson records the years of on-the-ground knowledge they've developed. It's even more so when it comes to communities, like trans people and people of color, whose health disparities still remain under-explored, particularly by workers who are of the people. But it's truly a gift when that person also has the soul of a creative writer, as Wilkinson does. His professional expertise on the individual tolls of intersecting oppressions is deep, making Born on the Edge of Race and Gender useful to other health workers and future medical historians. However, the book's even more enduring impact comes from a balancing of this informative impulse with a willingness to relate how transphobia, homophobia, and racism play out in his own life and across his own body in deft, emotional recollections that lead readers to more intimately grasp the urgency of the trans-inclusive healthcare reform he calls for. This is how change is made.”


--Mitch Kellaway, reporter and co-editor of Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves


“Awe-inspiring, daring, personable! Wilkinson brings every part of himself openly and freely to us in Born on the Edge of Race and Gender, a timely, essential read for anyone doing cultural competency work. A first-of-its-kind in many ways, this intersectional book shows how gender and race issues interplay, and highlights the issues of trans men of color, for whom the dialogue has been virtually silent.”


--Kylar W. Broadus, Esq.

Cofounder and Executive Director, Trans People of Color Coalition


“Willy Wilkinson’s Born on the Edge of Race and Gender is an important addition to the ever-growing body of trans narratives in American literature. Willy’s nakedly honest stories about resilience, disability, racism, parenting, surgical complications, and more provide a refreshingly intersectional and nuanced perspective on life as a full, complex transgender person.”


--Masen Davis, Codirector of Global Action for Trans Equality


“In Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, Willy Wilkinson artfully weaves deeply personal and poignant narrative with historic and current cultural references, to illustrate strides forward and backward along the road to equity. He also provides a much-needed upgrade to the misinformation surrounding the female-to-male genital reconstruction process and its outcomes.”


--Zander Keig, LCSW, Coeditor of Letters for My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect and Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves, and featured in the documentary "Zanderology"


“Wilkinson's dynamic and thoughtful exploration of his own gender- and racially-blended experience shines a warm light on what might be complicated aspects of gendered life. In his graceful prose, he deftly unravels some of life's mysteries, and imparts a confidence that carries his readers to a less frightening edge than those edges he himself has touched. Transformation is to be expected, but we need not be afraid.”


--Jamison Green, PhD, Author of Becoming a Visible Man


"In this moment when transgender people are more visible than ever yet continue to face incredible violence and discrimination, Born on the Edge of Race and Gender is critically important in raising the visibility of transgender men of color, who are rarely made visible."


--Kris Hayashi, Executive Director, Transgender Law Center


"The gift of parenthood is not only a sublime joy and right that many trans people can realize, but as Willy is showing us, being an awesome dad can be an additional facet to one’s true identity."


--Thomas Beatie, Author of Labor of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy




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