THE TRANSEXUAL FROM TOBAGO IS ABOUT AN IMMIGRANT TRANSGENDER WOMAN’S JOURNEY TO UNDERSTANDING AND DISCOVERY, THROUGH FACING MOLESTATION, HEARTACHE, PREJUDICE DISCRIMINATION AND TRAUMA. THE CONFUSION THAT BROUGHT ON SEVERE DEPRESSION WHILE LEARNING ABOUT SEXUAL IDENTITY AND PREFERENCE AT A VERY YOUNG AGE WOULD BREATHE INTRIGUE GIVING WAY TO COMPASSION FOR THOSE WHO WERE DEEMED SOCIETALLY UNACCEPTABLE BECA– USE OF DRESS, EMPLOYMENT, SKIN COLOR AND/OR PERSONAL SEXUAL IDENTIFICATION. THE STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE AGAINST MUCH DISCRIMINATION WHILE ATTEMPTING TO KEEP FAITH IN GOD WHILE OTHERS TRIED TO TAKE AWAY HER FAITH AND MAINTAINING HOPE THAT LIFE WILL AND CAN BE BETTER.
Tyra A. Ross evolves into a woman who becomes a role model and mother to many while dealing with her own inner demons. Striving to survive, participating in the underground ballroom scene would give her courage and strength to undertake greater feats, becoming one of NYC’s showgirls of the early 2000s, a force to be reckoned with in the transgender Pageantry Circuit, hostess at many events including those for the betterment of her community, a fashion model and author.
This book is an attempt to bring visibility to a community constantly subconsciously and consciously abused by its peers. It is an attempt to humanize the ENTIRE transgender community. It is the experience from one but of many. It will allow those who are interested a thorough look at the real-life issues of transgender-identified people of ethnic descent. Through the words one will gain knowledge of the experiences of some transgender people in dealing with the church, family and friends, in love and in life in its entirety. One will relive the many moments of abuse and the unnecessary violence that the trans community faces. One will read of the countless savage, brutal acts of murder that transgender individuals are succumbed too, rarely receiving justice, as their murderers walk free. One will take the journey of loneliness that a trans-identified person takes when they finally make the decision to allow themselves to be free even though they become more imprisoned.
On this journey as the layers to Tyra A. Ross are stripped away page by page one will live the other side of glamour and see the power it takes to live one’s truth without
bringing harm to others, and overcoming the urge to end it all by taking her own life. Journey along as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, suicide and murder would be the result of the loss of many loved ones at times losing friends and extended family members, one after the next, weeks apart for a period of months.
Meet the many amazing people that not only formed a support system but became true family. Take an in-depth look as the youth of the community touched her heart as she worked with many agencies on projects of prevention and awareness for the community.
It addresses the need for understanding, not just tolerance. It is a plea for not only EQUALITY but for COMPASSION.
“ALL LABELS, TITLES, GENDERS, COLORS, NATIONALITIES, COMMUNITIES ASIDE, ALL I SEE IS HUMAN” – Tyra A. Ross
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