Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary chronicles Joshua M. Ferguson’s extraordinary story of transformation to become the celebrated non-binary filmmaker, writer, and advocate for trans rights they are today. Beginning with their birth and early childhood years of gender creativity, Ferguson recounts the complex and often challenging evolution of their identity, including traumatizing experiences with gender conversion therapy, bullying, depression, sexual assault, and violent physical assault. But Ferguson’s story is above all about survival, empathy, and self-acceptance. By combining their personal reflections on what it feels like to never truly fit into the prescribed roles of girl or boy, woman or man, with an informed analysis of the ongoing shifts in contemporary attitudes towards sex and gender, Ferguson calls for recognition and respect for all trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people, and an inclusive understanding of the rich diversity of human identity. Through their honest and impassioned storytelling, we learn what it means to reclaim one’s identity and to live beyond the binary.
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Whether this is your first foray into reading trans memoirs or you’re adding Me, Myself, They to to your growing list of queer reads, it’s impossible not to find Joshua M. Ferguson’s book touching. Made up of short stories and explanatory notes, this expressive, informative collection explores many facets of non-binary gender expression. Ferguson is very generous with their audience: soft and forgiving, yet matter-of-fact (they, for example, are happy to explain non-traditional pronouns to you). Some chapters are more essay than anecdote—everything fits together in a way that’s beautiful and fluid, just like this author.