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Anyone read this book? Kate Bornstein is Al Bornstein that was. I've read a sample but want to know if it's worth reading. Any recommendations?
Yes I have a copy, it an excellent read. It is very personal and very honest. Kate says she wrote it to her daughter who is still in the cult and disconnected from her.
I would hardly give the book anything but glowing praise, I just love Kate to bits! She is very inspiring and very entertaining, and very profound. She is such a delight in person too, very engaging and very personable.
I am reading it right now - and yes, it is a good read, funny, revealing - and moves along, IMHO - like a good fiction or movie. All the more incredible, it is real and true. She's not telling any lies. If you are fundamentally religious, and/or homophobic, you'd probably be horrified, but if you've no problems with people living life as they see fit, as long as not harming others, then you'd find it a great ex-scno book.
BTW, anyone here know Al/Kate when she was a he? The book got me interested and curious - of course I have not finished it yet. All that might be satisfied by the time I am finished with it.
Thanks all. I didn't know Al in the SO but I do know that gender reassignment can be a hard slog, so anyone who has the courage to go through with it, I takes my hat off to them.
Well, I finished it, and wow, yes, she goes through some shit. And BTW, this book is not for prudes or the straight laced. Really. Not joking. Lots of sex (kinky sex - that should sell some books) I am a bit straight laced, but have seen so much, that at my age nothing much shocks me anymore except hatred, abuse, torture and murder. There is hate in this book, directed at her and others like her, but that just opened my heart (more) to compassion - for those who feel they don't belong, have no place among us. Dear Kate, you belong alright, Sweetheart, with all the rest of us lost souls, who feel we belong with no one and have no place - for all kinds of reasons.
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It took great courage for Kate to do what she did.
If you read the book you will see many of the horrors she went through, the frequent times she contemplated suicide and all the rejection she had to bear especially from those who were supposed to be her closest loved ones. She even kept a special suicide packet of supplies.
Petey it is really hard enough without scientology involved. With scientology involved it can almost be impossible.
I know three ex scientologists who are transgendered woman and all went through and are going through so much.
I can tell you that sometimes not a week goes by that you don't at least think of suicide at the rejection and loss you can feel combined with raging hormones that sort of make you feel like a girl having a really hard time going through puberty COMBINED with a woman going through menopause. What a trip! At least that is how I have heard it explained by two experts in that field.
Kate is one of the most loving people I have ever had the privilege to know. I love her. She is beautiful in every way.
Definitely read that book.
And anyone studying the effects of scientology should especially read it to see yet another important example of what can be done to people under the banner of scientology.
...And it also boggles my mind to think of how hard it would have been for someone in the SO to manage to stay on an even keel.
I probably would have never come across this book if she hadn't been in the so or on the ship. This book is SCANDALOUS! It has some very sexy things in it that I am not sure I would have ever known about. I really enjoyed this book, Kate does some things that would be easy to mark off as just aberration, yet you are forced the take the ride with her compassionately. I am never seen someone try so brutally as she did to become a whole and happy person. She is amazing.Thanks all. I didn't know Al in the SO but I do know that gender reassignment can be a hard slog, so anyone who has the courage to go through with it, I takes my hat off to them.