Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

Tomorrow Will Be Different

Sarah McBride

Tomorrow Will Be Different is a love story and a call-to-arms that shines a light on personal stories within the trans community, and demonstrates why the fight for equality and freedom has only just begun.

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"A brave, powerful memoir." PEOPLE

A captivating memoir that will change the way we look at identity and equality in this country

 
Before she became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016 at the age of twenty-six, Sarah McBride struggled with the decision to come out—not just to her family but to the students of American University, where she was serving as student body president. She’d known she was a girl from her earliest memories, but it wasn’t until the Facebook post announcing her truth went viral that she realized just how much impact her story could have on the country.

Four years later, McBride was one of the nation’s most prominent transgender activists, walking the halls of the White House, advocating inclusive legislation, and addressing the country in the midst of a heated presidential election. She had also found her first love and future husband, Andy, a trans man and fellow activist, who complemented her in every way . . . until cancer tragically intervened.

Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is McBride’s story of love and loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender. From issues like bathroom access to health care to gender in America, McBride weaves the important political and cultural milestones into a personal journey that will open hearts and change minds.

As McBride urges: “We must never be a country that says there’s only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live.”

The fight for equality and freedom has only just begun.


Advance Galley Reviews

This is the first memoir by a transgender individual that I have read that focuses on the author's trans-identity and the issues surrounding that. And I have to admit, that early on while I was reading, I couldn't help but thinking that Sarah likely had some advantages growing up because she was born in the wrong body. She's always been passionate about politics and went on the campaign trail with Jack Markell, mentioning that she also often stayed at his house during that period because she became very close with his family. And from a purely optical perspective, I'm just not sure a teenage girl would have been able to achieve that kind of closeness. Just think about the stories that Markell's opponents would have run about him if an unrelated teenage girl working on his campaign was also occasionally staying at his house. But I also think that the bond she was able to form with Mr. Markell as a teenager greatly helped in the fight to advance transgender rights in Delaware because the fight was personal for the governor too. It almost seems to me that she was born the way she was specifically to help advance transgender rights in our nation. While this book talks a lot about the dangers facing transgender individuals and a lot of the statistics that go with them, it felt to me like Sarah was sort of removed from those topics, like these are things transgender people often face, but not so much Sarah. And she acknowledges that she is fortunate to have a supportive family, friends, and community. All of those things probably contribute to her distance from the dangers and fears faced by many in the transgender community. This just made me wish that as a country we were already supportive of transgender people and their rights so that they could all feel like Sarah seems to, but also so that the few fears Sarah still has as a transgender woman wouldn't exist. While I didn't find the narrative gripping in an "Oh my gosh, I just can't put this book down" way, it was interesting for me to see this perspective, and also to kind of get what felt like some insider information about the process of passing laws. Unfortunately, I think this is one of those books that the people who really need to read it the most, won't. I give it 4.99998 stars.

A moving and timely read for those open to understanding how our perception of identity is evolving, and how far it still has to go. A painful at times, but necessary reflection on our times.

Reading Sarah McBride's memoir was overwhelming. It is such an honest, brave and inspirational account. This is going to be the book I recommend to everyone.

This memoir makes me want to meet Sarah McBride. It's overwhelming how honest McBride is with her journey to transition, the joy she found with her husband, to the heartbreaking loss she went through with his cancer. The political descriptions are clear and easy to understand and never tedious. Highly recommended read.

Before reading TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT book, I didn't know who McBride was, leaving me now feeling like this was another area in which I was not nearly educated enough going into the 2016 election. Her work, as well as the work of her late husband, has been groundbreaking in transgender rights, and for one so young, she is proof that our best hopes lie with those of younger generations. The book itself is a memoir that takes readers not only through her activism and political work for transgender people, but also her personal life. The book never reads as dry, nor does it go particularly off track, both of which can happen in any autobiography

Really the thing I kept saying to myself as I read this was, this is so important. Sarah tells her story, in her voice, about her own experience as a young trans woman. She weaves in facts and stories about the progress being made towards LGBTQ equality throughout the book since she is a political activist and advocate for LGBTQ rights, particularly for transgender people's rights. She manages to make the very political (in this sense in terms of legislative and campaigning) aspects clear and easy to understand, while also sharing deeply personal experiences that she's had throughout her life, especially around her transgender identity.

I wanted to read this book because I knew relatively little about trans people. Basically, what I learned is that they are just like me. They are from all walks of life and like all of us, just want to feel safe and accepted for who they are. Sarah McBride acknowledges that she had many advantages due to her family background and, I would add, due to her intelligence, her drive and her compassion. The battle she is fighting is an important one and she puts everything she has into it. Her story is inspiring. As if fighting for basic human rights isn't enough, she also tells us about her love story, which moved me to tears. This is an an important book. It's well written and gripping. It's about transgender people but also about the many people who face injustice and difficulties in their everyday lives due to their race, their religion or their beliefs. I'd love to read an update 20 years from now- who knows what she might accomplish?

When I first realized that I was reading a memoir of a 26-year-old, I thought why does she deserve to tell her story at such a young age. But, Sarah McBride has a story to tell and does to beautiful in the book "Tomorrow Will Be Different." The book is an opportunity to glimpse inside the life of someone coming out as transgender - a unique experience for many of us. Sarah shares her journey - one that is both heathbreaking and beautiful. I am so in awe of her resiliency and I can't wait to see what the future holds for this remarkable woman.

This book was amazing. As someone who isn’t trans I can see even more how hard their life can be. I can’t imagine it. Sarah is a very strong woman. The parts about her and her husband Andy brought me to tears. Such a beautiful but tragic love story between them. I believe people are brought together for a reason and I could see why they were so they could make a world a better place together. Even though Andy is gone I love how Sarah takes his dreams and brings them to life. Andy would definitely be proud of the woman she’s becoming. It was my first read about politics so I didn’t know if I would enjoy that part of it but I did. Sarah made an great read. If she came out with another book I would definitely get my hands on it.

I don’t know how else to begin but to say that I love, love, love this book and am so happy I had the opportunity to read it. Sarah’s journey and vulnerability are the guiding light throughout, and it was more powerful and moving than I could’ve imagined. The honesty in her writing had a profound effect on me as a reader, and opened my heart and mind more fully to gender identity and equality in America. With wit, charm, heartbreak, and boundless intelligence, Sarah reminds us that while some progress has been made, the fight for basic human rights for all individuals no matter their race, identity, or religion still has a long way to go and you will not put this book down without leaving completely inspired.

This is a true story, so you might already know how it goes. If you don't, and want to avoid spoilers, skip the introduction. Sarah McBride didn't intend to make history. She simply wanted to be her authentic self. But the first transgender intern at the White House *is* history, so her story got some attention. But she's so much more than that. A tireless, brave advocate for affording all people equal humanity and dignity, she's been part of bills passed, protests, connections, and made the world a little more full of love in hundreds of ways. Her coming out story was privileged, but still heart breaking at times, and her life is the same. Love and loss. Triumph and despair. Just like everyone's life, really. And overall, there's hope. Hope that, even as fear and ignorance rule today... tomorrow will be different. Better. Equal. Full of love.

This book had me in tears. They were tears of love, happiness, and hope. My emotions are so strong from reading Tomorrow Will Be Different that it's difficult for me to write anything other than a review that gushes about how great this book is. I will try to do justice to the awesomeness of this book by just saying that we are all better for having such a strong and positive change force in our lives as Sarah McBride. Setting aside the emotions, I can also affirm that the writing in this book is approachable and thoughtful. This is not a stuffy book about research studies and medical facts; it's a story about a person's journey. I also have to say "thank you" to being able to understand transgender, sexuality, intersectionality, and gender so much better than I've struggled to understand it in the past.

This was an eye-opening and moving book. It's amazing what Sarah has accomplished in her life and I'm excited for what else she will continue to do. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your memoir with us!

A poignant book, timely in its release. It was heartbreaking and deeply moving. This book could help open a conversation regarding trans issues to people who are less receptive. A fantastic read that should not be missed. Thank you for the opportunity.

Tomorrow Will Be Different is a wonderful mix of memoir and activism. Sarah detailed both her personal journey and the national events that were impacting the transgender community. The loss of her husband was heartbreaking to read. But Sarah has been extremely lucky in her transition compared to others, especially compared to poor black trans women, which she acknowledges repeatedly (thankfully, for I imagine people less familiar with trans issues would come away with the wrong idea if they took Sarah’s experience as standard). She was nearly always welcomed in her communities, and faced backlash only when she decided to advocate on a larger scale. Overall, it’s a great look into Sarah’s personal experiences and a brief glimpse into where the trans rights issues stand today.

I hate to even begin to write a review of someone's life, so it's hard. It's a fascinating look at someone who has lived such an extraordinary life. Sarah is so brave and strong, it's inspiring. It's sobering to think about all of the people who weren't/aren't as lucky as Sarah was to have so much support from so many surrounding her. I look forward to a world where someone like Sarah can just be.

Sarah McBride was born and raised in Delaware, where she was passionate about and involved in politics from a very early age. She went to American University in DC for college, where she served as student body president for a year and was her home when she came out as transgender. She’d known she was woman since she was a child, but she was unsure about and afraid of acknowledging and sharing that part of her. It took her until she was a senior in college to feel comfortable coming out, living her entire life up to that point as someone other than who she really felt she was. Which is honestly just…impossible to even comprehend and heartbreaking to think about. Though she tells this story herself, and much better, the long and short of it is that, after coming out she finds a way (with much support from family and friends) to continue pursuing the dreams she had thought would be snuffed out by her admission. One of those goals was to have a career in politics, which she is achieving with flying colors it seems. And the other, to love and be loved for who she is (both in general and by a special someone) also, at least for the most part, was/is being fulfilled. But in a twist that seems almost unreal, her partner and eventually husband, a transgender man named Andy, was diagnosed with and succumbed to cancer. I mean, for someone only in their late 20s, she has lived more life, been through more, than most people who have lived to the full US average of 80 years old. It’s phenomenally inspiring. This book starts with Sarah’s coming out note, with some flashbacks to her time growing up, and follows her life through the present day. In that way, it is definitively an autobiography or memoir type book. But it is also so much more than that. Sarah is able to provide a voice for a group of people that, for pretty much always, have been voiceless. And even worse than that, actively discriminated against and silenced. She’s able to voice for a community that until recently very limited people even knew about, since they spent their whole lives hiding/lying for their own safety. And before moving on, it’s important to just note how categorically heartbreaking that is. This book is not only a beautiful story about one person’s life, struggle for acceptance (personal and otherwise), and the highs and lows of both finding love and the grief in losing it. No, it is all that and more: a spectacular primer on the beauty of the transgender community, what it means to be transgender (and the associated vocabulary and concepts), and a short primer on the history/current events for transgender people in the United States. This is both an educational piece and a personal testament, providing the reader general background information while simultaneously putting a humanizing face on it. It’s something that absolutely everyone should read…and if not this book exactly, something like it from another representative of the community. Some things that I loved were Sarah’s ability to both tell her story in a straightforward way that made it absolutely impossible to avoid/deny the unbelievable challenges faced by herself during her time before coming out, the stress of actually coming out, and the post-transition experiences. While she is honest and quick to point out all the support and positivity she had in her life, she also does not hold back in sharing the fear and discrimination as well. In addition, I greatly appreciated the way she worked hard to make sure the reader knows that her own experience, for all its overwhelming difficulty, is still nothing in comparison to what many face. She did have support of family and friends, she had a stable financial situation and access to many opportunities and resources that many people do not have. In fact, her ability to be a voice for the transgender community is, in fact, born from the privileges she has from where she grew up and the people she was able to meet along the way. Her descriptions of what often happens to transgender people across the country without the same support resources, or to certain groups just because of who they are specifically (for example, how much worse things are for the black transgender community) are eye-opening and very significant. Throughout everything she faces, even through the health crises and death of her husband, she never once forgets to say how much worse things could be. A line beautifully walked and admirable to the highest degree. The one complaint I have is directly related to the writing itself. It was a bit juvenile, with basic and jumpy writing and transitions. There was nothing grammatically wrong, necessarily, it just seemed less polished than it could have been. And though the story and information are absolutely strong enough to overcome this weakness (in fact, for the last quarter-ish of the book, I found myself pretty constantly teary-eyed, from emotions both super uplifting and horribly heartbreaking), I feel like perhaps it could be even more striking if the writing was a bit smoother or the language a little more emotional in its own right… Regardless, as I mentioned, the emotion of the story itself broke through anyways, which, more than anything else I’ve said, truly speaks to its power. Sarah McBride is an example of the perfect person in the right place at the right time to make a dramatic difference in our world. She had the exact combination of support, career interests, privilege, experiences and passions that could do great things. And all the credit to her for everything she’s been able to accomplish with what she’s been given. It’s not just anyone that could have taken those pieces and made them into what she has - her effort, heart, and pure bravery did that. And her positivity and continued hope for the future of our country, and what our upcoming generations and new leaders will be able to do (may I add, including herself), is encouraging. I truly recommend this book; pretty much everyone should read it (especially our nation’s, and state’s, leaders). It’s a moving testament to the power of people, of individuality, of pride in who you are, and of what we can make happen if we only felt safe and accepted enough to try.

This was an amazing eye-opening book!! Not only is her story so inspiring but it is so well written! I honestly learned so much and would love to hear her speak in person! I would definitely recommend this book to friends! I hope she write more! I give it 5 Stars!!

What a powerful story. I cannot even imagine, but I am so glad that this book exists. Thanks for the opportunity to read.

Wow. That was an incredibly moving book. Sarah McBride’s touching memoir of her time from coming out as transgender, through her transition, her relationship with her husband, and her work with the Center for American Progress and Human Rights Campaign til today was quite the journey. I’m not going to lie, many parts of this book brought me to tears, but it ended on happy tears. Despite all that she has been through, she remains committed to helping foster change for the better in the world. This book is full of hope and I am so glad I got to read it.

Hope for the Future If I may get personal for a moment, this book was particularly meaningful for me because my husband and I have recently gotten licensed to be foster parents and we have been working on a placement with a transgender teenager. You can imagine, then, that Sarah McBride's story of coming out publicly and using her love of politics to serve as an advocate for the transgender community, hit me right in the feels. On some levels, Sarah's story also hit me personally because I have lived as an out, married gay man and have also struggled with whether or not I was going to be able to live the life I wanted--and fears that others would judge me harshly for it. But it's not just my personal connections to Sarah's story that made me feel so good about this book. Sarah is remarkably open-minded and accepting--carefully reminding her readers that there are many people in the transgender community who have endured far worse and who have had very different experiences than her. And we can't forget those stories as we move toward equality. Sarah's passion for politics is palpable, but the book does drag a bit when she gets overly focused on process. There are, however, beautiful moments of humanity in those sections as well. The latter part of the book deals more with Sarah's personal life and her tragically short marriage (not a spoiler--it is discussed in Joe Biden's forward and Sarah alludes to this throughout the book). I'm not ashamed to say I cried at the end. I feel like I have a much greater depth of understanding coming away from Sarah's story, which is the best possible outcome I think. I look forward to following her career further--and all the extraordinary things she will undoubtedly accomplish.

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with either too much information or too much personal detail in nonfiction, but McBride was able to balance the two perfectly. I didn’t know very much about Sarah McBride before reading this, but her DNC speech and a foreword by Joe Biden were enough to make me want to read this book. I loved how conversational the book felt; I truly felt like I was listening to someone I had known for years. There was a lot of political talk that could have gotten confusing with jargon and “insider speak,” however McBride makes sure to explain everything in a way that is clear without being condescending. Beyond learning more about her life and the larger fight for LGBTQ rights, I feel like this gave me a great basis of understanding for how political activism works. I hope (and feel very confident) that this is not the last I will hear from Sarah McBride. Her passion and commitment to building a diverse society where everyone’s unique experiences are celebrated is my dream as well. She articulates thoughts I have in a more coherent way, and I am excited to see how she continues to change the world. Thank you to Penguin’s First to Read for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The first time I was introduced to Sarah McBride was when she spoke at the DNC. I already knew about transgender people as my daughter had a friend in high school who was transgender and she would come stay at our house and our daughter would go to her house for overnight stays. I never had an issue with the sleepovers. My husband only asked once if we should be worried and allow it. Once I explained why someone is transgender then he understood. In Tomorrow Will Be Different, Sarah does a great job explaining what she went through all her life knowing she was a girl in a boy’s body. She also does a great job explaining the struggles that transgender people go through just to have basic rights. She talks about how many people have been fought to change state and federal laws and how the fight is still happening as the current White House tries to take away what they fought so hard for. Where I work, our organization has fought the Missouri Government against SJR39 which was a bathroom bill. We won but again there is another bill on the docket. Our office is taking up the fight again. Before I had met my daughter’s friend, I didn’t know what transgender meant. I thought it was the same as transvestite. Which even though different, neither one is a danger to society. It saddens me to see how transgender people are treated and misunderstood. The way I explain transgender to people quickly is a soul was put in a body by mistake. I know Sarah has opened my eyes further in the transgender world and I think if people aren’t sure what it’s like for someone to struggle to live their authentic self, they need to read Sarah’s book. My heart breaks for transgender people and how they are being treated out in the world. They just want to live their lives to the fullest and feel safe. I’m so glad I read Tomorrow Will Be Different.

"The constant homesickness that had cluttered my mind for years was finally gone." - Sarah McBride on coming out as transgender. I did not know who Sarah McBride was before I read this book (even though I should have), but the title and forward by Joe Biden interested me and I am SO glad I picked it up. Sarah's story of her life and political accomplishments fighting for equal gender rights and marriage equality was so interesting - I could not believe that she is not even 30 years old yet. I felt like this book really dove right into it at the beginning, detailing Sarah's coming out when she was student body president at American University in the first few chapters. It then went on to talk about the amazing work she did in passing the Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act in Delaware. I had heard of the North Carolina House Bill, but not of this legislation from 2013. The author does not assume the reader knows what’s she’s talking about, both when it comes to words associated with gender identity, but also with politics, which I really appreciated. I also really appreciated that Sarah recognizes her privilege, which I think can be a really hard thing to do for anyone, let alone someone who is transgender. She remarks more than once about how she recognizes that her economic status and race make her more privileged than many transgender people. The reaction of her parents and the struggle of acceptance they go through, while also trying to be supportive of Sarah's transition, was captured very well in the book. Sarah's relationship with Andy is also wonderfully detailed. I was heartbroken for Sarah throughout the book because of the harassment and disrespect she (and many others) face simply because they are transgender. It amazes me that people can be so cruel and highlights even more so why there must be gender identity protection laws. I have never read a book about someone coming out as transgender and it was such an important perspective for me to read, especially as a straight, cisgender woman. I do not personally know anyone who has transitioned, so prior to this book I did not have an insight into someone's life who is transgender. Sara explains it well by saying, "With sexual orientation it's a bit easier. Most people can extrapolate from their own experiences with love and lust, but they don't have an analogous experience with being transgender." This resonated with me and I am glad Sarah shared her story with not only me, but the world. Highly recommend this book - 5/5 stars.

I was very excited to read this but was having trouble with the download. :(

I definitely enjoyed this more than I expected to. I've never read McBride before but I was pleasantly surprised by her writing style. It was a definitely an engaging read,

Compelling, timely account of personal struggles to find a place of psychological and social ease amidst a changing world. McBride grew up with a lifelong interest in politics alongside a deep belief that she was not physically/emotionally gender-aligned. Her memoir explores her journey from exploring those feelings in childhood to sharing them with her family to ultimately working as an intern in the Obama White House. She falls in love and marries someone who becomes a cancer victim and writes eloquently of her experience. McBride’s writing is achingly clear; we experience her pain and anguish as much as her breakthrough joy. Hard to believe she’s only in her early thirties. I received my copy from Penguin’s First to Read Program.

And once again Susan has to determine how to "rate" someone's presentation of their own life! Ms. McBride offers an insight into her decision to come out as transgender, her transition, and what went on around her and how others reacted. She admits that she was extremely lucky to come from a place of privilege to support her journey. Frequently Sarah mentions the increased difficulties faced by people of color who are abused, ostracized, etc, in their quest to be their own true person and she recognizes that she was lucky. I appreciate that she acknowledges that her struggles don't define the struggles of all transgenders. Because of her occupation, the book includes a lot regarding the political fight for LGBTQ rights. On one hand, I liked that this was included because I was being educated but at some point it started to feel like it was taking away from Sarah's own story. It seemed that she realized she had this platform to make a presentation and wanted to cram in everything she ever wanted to get across in case she never ever had that opportunity again. I don't think that will be a problem and enjoyed the more personal parts, like her relationship with Andy, more.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because I wanted to learn more about the LGBTQ community and their struggles for equality. This book covers this concept from a very personal viewpoint. I felt that Ms. McBride was often too exclusively wrapped up in telling her story to give much of a history of the activism and accomplishments of the community as a whole however. I was rather stunned to read that her need for recognition seemed to surpass mere acceptance of who she was when she admitted her insecurity and irritation at not being recognized as a trans woman as opposed to just as another woman. I feel the book is full of hope and informative of the struggles to improve the life we live told from a personal level. I am glad I took the time to read it as it invoked much soul-searching in the process.

McBride's memoir of coming out as a trans woman and losing her husband is difficult to review as it reads like a few different books. Some chapters read as non-fiction and include many statistics and facts about the trans population in the U.S. as a whole, other chapters are detailed accounts of McBride's efforts to change Delaware legislation, and others are a personal account of her experiences with coming out and meeting her husband (who was a trans activist and lawyer). Often, the subjects bleed into one another with no page breaks and it is jarring to follow her stream of consciousness from a personal experience to a statistic to a state law, etc. It sometimes feels disorganized and rambling, as though McBride couldn't decide whether she wanted to write an educational tome or a personal narrative. I skimmed several (long) sections of the book that go into elaborate detail on Delaware legislation and politics - while inherent in McBride's personal experience, the level of detail is not relevant to the average reader. There are several chapters that could have been edited down to paragraphs and still conveyed her struggles and victories. I would have preferred to read more personal accounts from McBride's childhood rather than reading such an elaborate and detailed account of every conversation, meeting, and setback that occurred during her admirable efforts to achieve equality in her home state. That said, the middle of the book where she shares her experiences of falling in love and losing her husband are sad but captivating. Her writing style remains a bit formal and spare, but the emotion behind it is more engaging.

This book is a crossover between a doomed love story and a political memoir. Sarah McBride loved politics from a young age and came out as Transgender at the end of college. Thankfully for her, both her college and her family/friends were very supportive once the initial shock was done. She met Andy at a White House event and they quickly fell in love with each other. Unfortunately, Andy got cancer 2x and died at a heartbreaking 28 years old just a few days after their wedding. I cried buckets while reading the story of their days together. It just doesn't seem fair to find the love of your life only to have him taken away so quickly. I wasn't as into the political side of the story, but I still found it very interesting to read how things worked in Delaware with trying to pass non-discrimination laws. While the sadness of the love story did overwhelm me, the hope in Sarah's words in politics about making this country great for everyone gave me chills. I applaud Sarah's courage in getting up and sharing her story with the world. I also enjoyed reading VP BIden's forward in the book.

This was a fascinating book on many levels First, Sarah is a very self aware and confident young wow, She handled her coming our and transitioning vey smoothly ( or so it seemed) in the book, Her identity was not in question; rather how to be the person she was meant to be in public and all the time was. The struggle for equality for the LGBTQ, especially trans community, was gripping. Sarah was politically aware at such a young age. Delaware is a unique state where the elected officials are public and accessible and Sarah was so fortunate to have the close contact with so many of these officials who were so supportive and open with her. The book combined her personal life with the larger political issues. The political maneuverings may seem dry at times, but were integral to understanding the kind of person Sarah is. Her relationship with Andy was gripping heartfelt and sad in the end. I admired Sarah for her life, her work and her ability to covey her message t the larger community. This was a good biography to read.

"I'm twenty-four, transgender, and a widow...that's a lot for someone in this society to handle." Sarah McBride In Tomorrow Will Be Different, Sarah McBride shares her personal story as inspiration and to put a face on what it is to be transgender. Imagine being unable to go into a public restroom in North Carolina without breaking the law. Imagine being unable to change your sex on your state ID, or being unable to keep a job or find housing. Imagine being vilified, ostracized, beaten up, an object of fear. Nearly fifty years ago my husband 's father's best friend disowned his son when he became a woman. Over the years I heard snippets of the story, how as a child their son loved to play dolls and dress up with his older sisters, how blame was assigned for causing their son's 'problem', the resulting divorce and alienation. In the 1990s my husband was approached by a teen from his church, an unhappy and angry child. Some thought she was presenting 'butch' because she was not conventionally pretty, assuming she was a 'pretend lesbian'. My husband affirmed her, but the support she needed from the community was not there. She changed her name and moved away. Today I know he was transgender, and I see on his Facebook page a happy, confident, burly guy with a successful career and a sparkle in his eye. I am so happy for him. I wanted to read Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride because I had seen her on television and knew she was an intelligent and lovely person. And I wanted to better understand her experience and the work toward equality for all persons. The book's preface by Joe Biden is a must read. I recently read his Promise Me, Dad and I heard the same compassion and love in this preface. McBride was fascinated by American politics since childhood. Meeting Joe Biden was an unforgettable moment. She interned on Beau Biden's first race. McBride was fifteen when she introducing Jack Markell at the launch for his 2006 race for reelection as state treasurer, and at age eighteen when he ran for governor. During these years, McBride outwardly conformed to the gender role socially acceptable, presenting masculine and even dating. She did not want to let anyone down. But she was miserable. McBride ran for student president at college to great success and was very popular and led a push to end gender exclusive housing. In her junior year, with great trepidation, McBride announced being transsexual. She describes the scene when she came out to her family, her mother in tears. McBride had a gay brother, and her other brother tried to break the ice by announcing, "I'm heterosexual." In a heartwarming scene, McBride tells her fraternity brothers, who enveloped her in an embrace. Beau Biden called her to offer his love and support, as did Joe Biden. The Biden family confirmed her belief that there are still good people in politics. McBride repeats how lucky and privileged she has been, knowing that most trans persons lack a support system and her advantages. Throughout the book, she shares the devastating statistics behind the transgender experience: high rates of suicide; verbal harassment and physical assault in public restrooms; legal exemptions that allow discrimination; inability to find housing or keep a job. McBride met the love of her life, Andy, who was a few years older and also trans. Tragedy struck when Andy was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery and treatment with McBride providing care and support. I can't imagine the burden of being twenty-three and watching your beloved struggle with a terminal illness. Both my parents died of cancer, and I was at my Dad's side in the hospital for over two months. My heart broke as I read McBride's story. Trans rights advanced under President Obama, then 2016 saw the election of President Trump and Vice President Pence. The gains for equality under the law are being threatened. But McBride has found hope in the young people of our country, those who have been accepted as children for who they are, and who assume that the doors are open to them. I pray it is so. I received a free ebook from First to Read in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

An emotional read. - a window into what transgender people have to deal with on a daily basis. The book will, hopefully, open people's eyes to the inequalities that exist.

This is a story of Sarah McBride coming out as a transgender woman, her advocacy for LGBTQ rights, her romance with her husband, and his battle with cancer, which he ultimately lost. All of that would have been enough to make a wonderful story. McBride's writing style is endearing and friendly, matter-of-fact even when conveying strong emotion. I cried on a couple different occasions even though I knew what was coming. This story isn't going to change anyone's mind about accepting transgender people if they're dead set against it. But for the majority of Americans who don't know a transgender person personally (as far as they know), this story will bring home what it feels like to be transgender, what the issues truly are, and may clear up some persistent misunderstandings. But more than any of that, the most refreshing thing about this story is that it is the case for political involvement from someone who believes in politics from the depths of her soul. After the last year (+) of, well, not-so-inspiring news coming out of our nation's capitol and a general feeling of hopelessness, this young woman came along and lifted me up. She is a member of one of the vulnerable populations our new Attorney General went after, and yet she is hopeful. In her short life, she has seen a great deal of change. She has been lucky in her family and friends (and unlucky to have lost her love to cancer), and she is keenly aware of that and ready to push for more change. She allowed me to take a deep breath and reconsider wider possibilities. And any book that can do that in these times is very very welcome. I got a copy to review from First to Read.

This book was extremely informative and moving. I learned so much about the LGBTQ movement. I’d had some idea, but I never realized how big it was until now. I’m so extremely proud of Sarah for all she has done for our country and all that she is going to do. I almost cried at the end. It’s incredible how much you’ve accomplished in such a short time. Overall, this book was amazing! This is something everyone should read, especially young kids. Hopefully, you’ll become our president one day!

This book was very moving. I felt Sarah’s triumphs, her fears, her grief (and shed some tears over her loss). Overall, this book is well-written, and I thought it had good flow, something many memoirs struggle with. Learning about Sarah’s life and how she came to accept herself and her identity was really compelling. I also appreciate that even as she is telling her story, she consistently highlights her relative privilege and elevates the struggles faced by trans* community. An important and powerful memoir.

 


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