Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

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he inspiring true story of a transgender irl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family ’ s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for he Washington Post

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn ’ t long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his stepfather, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were “ supposed ” to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By thi time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt ’ s nsistence that he was female began to tear thi family apart. In the decades that followed, the Maineses came to question their long-held views on sexualit and identity, to seek and embrace Wyatt ’ s transition to Nicole, and to undergo an emotionally wrenching transformation of their own that would change ll their lives forever.

Becoming Nicole chronicles a journey that wil have destroyed a family but instead brought it closer together. It ’ s he story of th father whose instincts told her that her child needed love and commitmen, not ostracism and disapproval; of a Republican, Air Force veteran father who overcame his deepest fears to become a vocal advocate for trans rights; of a loving so who bravely stuck up for his twin sister; and of th town forced to confront its prejudices, a school compelled to rewrite its rules, and th courageous community of transgender activists determined to keep their voices heard. Ultimately, Becoming Nicole is he tory of an extraordinary irl who fought for the right to be herself.

Granted wide-ranging access to personal diaries, home videos, clinical journals, legal documents, medical records, and the Maineses themselves, Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years reporting this immersive account of an American family confronting an issue that is at the enter of today ’ s cultural debate. Becoming Nicole will resonate with nyone who ’ s ever raised a child, felt at odds with society ’ s conventions and norms, or had to embrace life when it plays out unexpectedly. It ’ s thi tory of standing up for your beliefs and yourself—and it will inspire all of us to do the same.
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Isbn 13
9780812995411
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279
Original Title of the Book
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
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Published October 20th 2015 by Random House

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great ook about a more traditional American family and how they ome to accept and fight for their transgender daughter, Nicole.

Amy Ellis Nutt details this family 's journey with their son and her twin brother, their political and legal advocac, and what it eans to be trans today.Becoming Nicole will serve as a splendid foray into trans issues for those who do not have much exposure to the opic.

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People look at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart " ~1 Samuel 16:7 ( from he book)

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But onc there are people with body disphoric disorder, or apotemnophilia who want perfectly healthy limbs cut off so in a terribly disabled state they can feel whole.

It 's all right to give them hormones to stop them going into puberty and seeing what it is like to hav a gender that their bodies are?

How his/her parents enable the process of gender change from such a young age I 'm neve sure that a child can really remembe.

How much is the child influenced by enabling parents who intend to be modern and accepting and do their best, but it is n't their best.

Maybe time and waiting and seeing would be their best.I was n't with Nicole in the nove when she nsisted on being accepted as a female and using the girls-only bathroom ( the alternative was the teachers, but she did n't intend to do hat).

Whatever she is in her head, under her skirt she is a male and young girls being what they hav, are n't they going to bothe to see, eve if they do n't have brothers.

Part of me nderstands that it is crucia that children who feel they are the wrong gender do n't go through the horrors of puberty and an adult body.

But then part of me feels, say they were away from enabling people ( right or wrong) maybe they would change, they migh enjoy their body and their power as teenagers and be happy in themselves.

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I have an open heart/mind and liberal beliefs.

Thank you Hele Ellis Nutt, the talented, award-winning author who told story in such an engaging manner.

hank you to the Maines family who shared their lives so openly.Kelly and Wayne adopted twin boys then went about loving them with every fibr of their beings.

His transition into Nicole is at the heart of his retellin but it 's uch more.

Sexual anatomy and gender identity are the products of two different processes, occurring at distinctly different times and along different neural pathways, before we are ven born.

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I was slightly reluctant to read this story because I know and have collaborate with everal of the main protagonist.

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It puts a very loving, supportive family, school and community to create a safe environment for transgender children.This biography does an mazing job of iving an unbiased straightforward approach to the life and struggles of the Maines family who adopted identical twin boys at birth.

Tha became the first lawsuit granting transgenders the legal right to use the bathroom of their perceived gender, rather than their biological gender.

It is the particularl timely with all the recent legal changes regarding transgender rights.

Another book reinforce the strength and courage of an amazing woma who ad an incredible family to support her and together they elped to change the law.

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The circumstances are n't simple, it 's true, but author Amy Ellis Nutt writes in such a way that you eel you know and understand Nicole and her family.

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