In My Name – A book about being transgender

Moa-Lina Olbers Croall

Original Title
I mitt namn – En bok om att vara trans
Published
Natur & Kultur, Stockholm, June 2016
Genre
Young adult
Pages
128
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In My Name – A book about being transgender

Moa-Lina Olbers Croall

“My daily life is very limited. Just going shopping for deodorant for example. The deodorant for men in its dark bottles, and the girl deodorant that smells of flowers. Everything is so gender-labeled. Separate departments for men and women, separate toilets. It’s like a punch in the gut every time I have to make a choice.”
Juno, 15 years
“School triggers a lot of anxiety for me. Most people are so normative there. They label gender incorrectly, say the wrong name. They have very little knowledge about trans issues.”
Eli, 14 years
In My Name – A book about being transgender is based on interviews with trans people – from teenagers in high school to role models in the adult world. The book also includes facts about trans and advice to those of you who are transgender. It’s a book for young adults who are thinking about their own gender, but also for people who are around a trans person, such as school personnel, friends and family.

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Press voices
"It's great. It is a series of interviews with eighteen different trans people and it is very good for people working in schools or health care. It provides advice on the correct pronouns and what to avoid asking about. Transgender persons often get intimate questions about genitals for example, questions you wouldn’t even think of asking others about. It is written for teens, but is great for adults too." Folkbladet

"In My Name" is straight up so amazingly good and packed with information and emotional and educational review of the concept of trans. It is suitable for anyone who might be in the middle of the process themselves, or someone who meets people who are. Families, schools, health care, society. Read! Now!” Bokhora, “The Grande Dame of Swedish Book Blogs”

The Carl von Linné Prize jury's motivation:
“Through interviews, tips and facts, the reader gets poignant and nuanced depictions of transgender’s reality. Moa-Lina allows many different trans persons to speak. She guides the reader through gender identity, reflects on reception, explains concepts and gives us readers answers to questions that we not always dare to ask. It is an important, vital, multifaceted and informative book about being a trans person today. It’s touching and fortifying, it should be read by many young people, healthcare and school staff, relatives and society at large. A book that makes a difference and opens up to a world unknown to many.”
Awards
Carl von Linné Prize 2017