Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green

Jamison Green’s book, Becoming a Visible Man (2004), should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in FTM transition and the FTM community.

Green is an intelligent and thoughtful writer, and uses very approachable language to keep the book highly readable. This isn’t a transition memoir, but he poignantly intersperses his own experiences into the text, some of which are extremely moving. Becoming a Visible Man touches on gender politics, the practical “nuts and bolts” of FTM transition, and takes a look at the development of the global FTM community over the past 30 years or so (with numerous hat tips to Lou Sullivan.)

I loved the first chapter, How Do You Know?, which challenges everything you assume about identifying gender, in just 25 pages. I was hooked!

This book has a very grounded feel to it, making it an ideal companion to the Max Wolf Valerio’s raw memoir, The Testosterone Files. Overall, Becoming a Visible Man is very meaningful and important to me personally in terms of understanding where I fit in to this world as a transman. Simply put, this is essential FTM reading!

Learn more about Jamison Green:


About this entry