Openly dressed as a girl, Peter has been accepted as a member of the Lost Girls, but that tacit arrangement might have to change as a trio of boisterous transgender youth seek refuge amongst them. Cohabitation is daunting, but despite serious divergences, the two groups unite to counter a common enemy.
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Gina shaved the last of the hair from her head, tossing the blond curl to the floor. She squeezed a generous squirt of baby oil into the palm of her hand and massaged it into her scalp, delighting in the smoothness of her skin. Reaching for the tiny mirror that lay on the table, she turned it this way and that, admiring the strong lines of her head. Yes. She’d been right to risk it. (...)
Kate leaned back against the side of the van and studied the two kids in the flickering light that filtered through the windscreen. They were in a sorry state and it was not just their tattered clothes. The girl, the one who called herself Sis, was clearly suffering from shock and probably exposure. Her friend, the bald boy – Gino was it? – probably had pneumonia or worst. (...)
Gender: Being true to yourself? Under the common banner of LGBT, the first 3 categories are about sexual orientation, whereas the T is about gender identity. This difference has far reaching implications as does the diversity of identities and expressions cohabiting as transgender.
When is a girl not a girl? The rigid adherence to beliefs about the immutability of the gender divide can inflict great harm as this extract from Colourful People illustrates.
Colourful People - The beginning. An extract from the beginning of the current draft of Colourful People, Book 4 of the Boy & Girl saga.
Adding a touch of colour ... - When a boy who dresses as a girl is confronted with a boisterous crowd of transgender youth in search of a safe haven.
Boy & Girl - Twelve-year-old Peter secretly dresses as a girl. Imagine his delight when he finds himself in the head of a girl. Yet, despite his wild hopes, that girl is not him. She’s Kaitling, the daughter of a mage in a beleaguered world. Peter has his own problems when a vicious new girl at school threatens to reveal his girly ways. Becoming friends, Kaitling and Peter join forces to do battle with those who oppose them.
In Search of Lost Girls - Dressed as a girl, Peter sets out in search of his soul-mate Kate, who has been ripped from his arms and kidnapped. In his quest, he is hounded by fanatics bent on eliminating those who mess with gender. Meanwhile, Kate has been dumped in a nightmarish girls’ orphanage where she emerges as a decisive figure in the rescue of her fellow orphans. Will the two ever be together again?
We Girls – Retain his androgynous ambiguity or say goodbye to his girlish self, such is the existential choice that besets Peter. Circumstances, however, force both him and Kate to take up other challenges. By straddling the line between child and adult, between carefree creativity and weighty responsibility, between play and work, they find imaginative ways to confront far-reaching problems on which adults persistently turn a blind eye.
Colourful People – Openly dressed as a girl, Peter has been accepted as a member of the Lost Girls, but that tacit arrangement might have to change as a trio of boisterous transgender youth seek refuge amongst them. Cohabitation is daunting, but despite serious divergences, the two groups unite to counter a common enemy.