Emma Preston launches her first book
Emma Jane Preston is 52 years old from Blackburn, Lancashire. She not a transgender celebrity, transgender actress, model or socialite. She is just Emma, a shop keeper down the road in Burnley with two beautiful children. A person who happens to live and breathe with red blood and who decided to start writing a diary which soon turned into a couple of chapters. Over time this turned into 8 chapters and then just sat doing nothing for a long time. Then one day Emma started writing again and in the space of 74 days wrote around 63,000 words.
Forewarned – she had to proof read the book herself as she do not have the money to get it done professionally.
Being Transgender is not a science or text book on the world of transgender. It is not a book on the medical process, nor is it a book about the brain and whether it is male or female. You will find no percentage rates of ‘this or that’. There are no explanations of all the nuances of LGBTQIA+ or the terms under the umbrella of ‘trans’ OR ‘transgender’.
The book is about her journey as an ordinary person with an extraordinary story. Sometimes the book is funny - not in a belly laugh funny but in a comical way. Sometimes it is sad, to the point that It's am pretty certain you will feel like crying. Sometimes it is thought provoking and sometimes Emma just rambles on about life in general.
The book is pretty much a diary with the first half talking about her life living on the opposite side. The rest of the book talks about the last four years of transition.
Chapter 101 (purposely named) is a read in itself and shows you just how your moral compass can be tested & affected by your mind-set, others mind-set and all of the curve-balls that life can throw at you.
Diversity, equality and inclusion are the cornerstone of her values and Emma tries to portray this throughout the book. As a member of the LGBT community. Emma is am proud of how the community comes together in times of need but it can show another side too. This is a side that highlights the beauty of all-human nature; where complete strangers rise up to become fierce friends.
IEmma recounts how she has met some wonderful people in life but has also met those that would do harm to others in the minority communities.
Imagine if you will, going to work knowing that you will be laughed at, talked about, insulted behind your back and in some cases, right to your face. Imagine knowing that each day you are going to feel the wrath of someone or their ridiculing of you simply because of who you are?
Emma feels that anyone in minority communities (whether race, religion, creed, sexuality, disability or gender) will know what she means.
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