True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
by Emily Skidmore
NYU Press. 272 pages, $27.
IT OFTEN COMES as a bit of a surprise to discover that, before Kinsey or Stonewall, there was any decency shown toward anyone who lived under the LGBT umbrella. But, argues Emily Skidmore in True Sex, some trans men around the turn of the 20th century received surprisingly sympathetic and thoughtful press coverage as well as community support, a pattern that lasted until the 1940s.
Peter Marino, an English professor emeritus at SUNY Adirondack, is the author of the YA novel Magic and Misery.