Transitions: A Mother’s Journey (2021)

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When university biologist Anne Marbot learns that the 19-year-old she raised as “Lucie” is a transgender man named Alex, she’s overwhelmed by questions. How can this be? Who put these ideas in your head? What if you regret it? Am I overreacting? How will your grandparents react? Why didn’t I see it coming? Why is this so easy for others? Am I a bigot? What does gender really mean, anyway? How can I be the parent my child needs?

It soon becomes clear that Alex is not the only one embarking on a journey of self-discovery. The road is not easy, and sometimes their relationship is bitterly strained. But Alex is sure of himself, and Anne is determined to be strong for his sake. With time, she too will be transformed, rediscovering her identity as a mother in profound new ways.

From: Top Shelf Productions

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This title depicts a woman coming to terms with her teenage child’s gender transition. There are frequent depictions of misgendering and deadnaming.




Transitions is a heartfelt graphic novel that reckons with a family member’s changing gender.” (Source: Foreword Reviews)

“Sometimes we trans people wish for quick and easy acceptance as our authentic selves, but we have to remember that we’re asking people to fundamentally reorganize who we have been to them, to see us newly, and that takes effort and deep work. This book is a model for what that kind of journey might look like.” (Source: Graphic Medicine)

“Durand’s book is a welcome reminder that taking children and young people seriously is any parent’s or caregiver’s greatest responsibility.” (Source: NPR)

“This gracious and informative gender primer from Durand (Parenthesis) invites readers along on a parent’s learning curve.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)



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