Author Visit- Carla Ernst

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:30pm

“There’s no single story about being transgender that sums it all up. No one generally ‘chooses’ this ‘lifestyle’ as it is neither a choice nor a lifestyle, any more than any other pre-designated category such as race or ethnicity.” – Carla Ernst

See Carla's interview on Milwaukee TMJ Channel 4

Life Without Pockets – My Long Journey into Womanhood is an intimate true story chronicling Carla Ernst’s journey from male to female. It is an intensely personal story written to help all audiences better understand not only about gender dysphoria, identity, and transformation, but how to live an authentic, fulfilling, and productive life, despite marginalization and prejudice.

Carla offers her take on what it’s like to “transition” in the context of societal expectations, while candidly revealing the mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social impact that gender change can have on a human being. 

In response to the countless questions that Carla—like most transgender people—receives about being transgender, the book is written in an FAQ style. She uses her personal experiences to convey the unique challenges of being transgender while providing a broader framework of the many influences that gender has on an individual and people around her. The book is also a practical 21st Century guide to living a life based not on the expectations of others, but on the continuing revelation and brave embrace of who we indeed are.

Whether you are on that journey yourself or are a loved one of a transgender person, Life Without Pockets is a compelling narrative that will transform the way you think and feel about transgender. If the book prevents just one suicide due to trans-bullying, then the effort will be considered a success. More information about the book can be found at:

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