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  • Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition: The Power of Radical Self-Love (2ND ed.)
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    Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition: The Power of Radical Self-Love (2ND ed.)

    9781523090990
    Essence Authors 2023
    $18.95
    "To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves...'The body is not an apology' is the mantra we should all embrace."--Kimberlé Crenshaw, legal scholar and founder and Executive...
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"Based on the New York Times bestseller The Body Is Not an Apology, this is an action guide to help readers practice the art of radical self-love both for themselves and to transform our society. Readers of The Body Is Not an Apology have been clamoring for guidance on how to do the work of radical self-love. After crowdsourcing her community, Sonya Renee Taylor found her readers wanted more concrete ideas on how to apply this work in their everyday lives. Your Body Is Not an Apology Workbook is the action guide that gives them tools and structured frameworks they can begin using immediately to deepen their radical self-love journey--such as Taylor's four pillars of practice, which help readers dismantle body shame and give them access to a lifestyle rooted in love. Taylor guides readers to move beyond theory and into doing and being radical self-love change agents in the world. "In this book, you will be asked to draw, color, doodle, talk to friends, take risks, and perhaps step outside of what feels like your natural gifts and talents," Taylor writes. "I encourage you to release the need to be 'good' at what you are doing and instead strive to be authentic. Perfection is the enemy of radical self-love because it is an impossible illusion. When the voice of perfectionism chimes in, take a deep breath, remember that the work is about the process, not about the product, and give yourself permission to be fabulously unapologetically imperfect."

Biographical Note:
Sonya Renee Taylor is the founder and radical executive officer of The Body Is Not an Apology, a digital media and education company. Her work as an activist and educator has been highlighted in numerous countries and on major media outlets around the world, reaching millions of people with her commitment to radical self-love and transformation. Taylor continues to perform, speak, and facilitate workshops globally.

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"This book took my breath away. It's an unexpected and urgent embrace of truth."
--Brené Brown, Ph.D., author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Dare to Lead

"Poet and activist Taylor ( A Little Truth on Your Shirt) packs important ideas into this concise volume on body empowerment. "Radical self-love is not a destination you are trying to get to; it is who you already are," she counsels...The author's sensible and empathetic tone will lend comfort to readers and help them to see that no matter what their body type, they are beautiful."
--Publishers Weekly
" The Body Is Not an Apology wrestles you free from the habit of your shame and declares you whole, right now, just as you are. To follow its revelations and teachings leaves you different on the other side and undoubtedly more yourself."
--Prentis Hemphill, founder and Director, The Black Embodiment Initiative
"From the moment I met Sonya Renee, I knew my life, my world, and the way I view myself and others around me would never be the same. The Body Is Not an Apology is essential reading for those of us who crave understanding and those who are already on the path to learning how beautiful and complex our bodies are. It will empower you with the tools to navigate a world that is often unkind to those of us who whether by choice or design don't adhere to society's standard of beauty. Her words will echo in your heart, soul, and body just as they have in mine."
--Tess Holliday, plus model, author, and founder of Eff Your Beauty Standards
" The Body Is Not an Apology is a gift, a blessing, a prayer, a reminder, a sacred text. In it, Taylor invites us to live in a world where different bodies are seen, affirmed, celebrated, and just. Taylor invites us to break up with shame, to deepen our literacy, and to liberate our practice of celebrating every body and never apologizing for this body that is mine and takes care of me so well. This book cracked me open in ways that I'm so grateful for. I know it will do the same for you."
--Alicia Garza, cocreator of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and Strategy + Partnerships Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
" The Body Is Not an Apology is a radical, merciful, transformational book that will give you deep insights, inspiration, and concrete tools for launching the revolution right inside your own beloved body. Written from deep experience, with a force of catalytic energy and so much love."
--Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and In the Body of the World
"In 2017, #thefirsttimeisawmyself was a trending hashtag and Netflix campaign. As a disabled woman, #thefirsttimeireadmyself may well have been this book. Thank you, Sonya. Bought two copies, one for me and one for my daughter."
--Rebecca Cokely, Senior Fellow for Disability Policy, Center for American Progress, disability rights activist, and mom
"Sonya Renee Taylor is a treasure that this world simply does not deserve. The Body Is Not an Apology is the gift of radical love the world needs! We are all better off because of her presence, talent, compassion, and authentic work. Thank you, Sonya, for all that you do."
--Jes Baker, aka The Militant Baker, author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls
"In these times, when the search for answers to the mounting injustices in our world seems to confound us, Sonya Renee Taylor offers a simple but powerful place to begin: recovering our relationship with our own bodies. To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves. Through lucid and courageous self-revelation, Taylor shows us how to realize the revolutionary potential of self-love. 'The body is not an apology' is the mantra we should all embrace."
--Kimberlé Crenshaw, legal scholar and founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum

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Based on the New York Times bestseller The Body Is Not an Apology, this is an action guide to help readers practice the art of radical self-love both for themselves and to transform our society.
Readers of The Body Is Not an Apology have been clamoring for guidance on how to do the work of radical self-love. After crowdsourcing her community, Sonya Renee Taylor found her readers wanted more concrete ideas on how to apply this work in their everyday lives. Your Body Is Not an Apology Workbook is the action guide that gives them tools and structured frameworks they can begin using immediately to deepen their radical self-love journey--such as Taylor's four pillars of practice, which help readers dismantle body shame and give them access to a lifestyle rooted in love. Taylor guides readers to move beyond theory and into doing and being radical self-love change agents in the world.
"In this book, you will be asked to draw, color, doodle, talk to friends, take risks, and perhaps step outside of what feels like your natural gifts and talents," Taylor writes. "I encourage you to release the need to be 'good' at what you are doing and instead strive to be authentic. Perfection is the enemy of radical self-love because it is an impossible illusion. When the voice of perfectionism chimes in, take a deep breath, remember that the work is about the process, not about the product, and give yourself permission to be fabulously unapologetically imperfect.
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    Your Body Is Not an Apology Workbook: Tools for Living Radical Self-Love

    9781523091164
    Essence Authors 2023
    $19.95
    Brief Description:"Based on the New York Times bestseller The Body Is Not an Apology, this is an action guide to help readers practice the art of radical self-love both for themselves and to transform our society. Readers of The Body Is Not an Apology...
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This book is the perfect follow up to The Transgender Child. It gently guides readers through the steep learning curve that often comes with supporting a transgender or non-binary teenager through their gender journey and helping them navigate their daily lives. Thoughtful and thorough, this book is a certainly a must read for parents and professionals. - Asaf Orr, Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney, NCLR
"As a health educator and as a parent, I can't think of a better resource to help adults navigate their relationships with the transgender teens in their lives. Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney do great job of providing a valuable roadmap both for adults new to the experiences of transgender teens as well as for those more seasoned." - Ellen Friedrichs, Sexual Health Educator and Writer
Cutting edge, The Transgender Teen, written by two of the most esteemed experts in our field, compassionately brings this exciting group of young people into focus like no other book ever has. In our new world of gender expansiveness, it is a must read for everyone. - Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., Author of The Gender Creative Child and Director of the Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Gender Center, University of California San Francisco
"Our daughter transitioned in her teens, seven years ago. This book speaks openly and clearly to all the issues we grappled with in ignorance and darkness. It s an honest, straightforward, and important work that will help light and ease the journey for many families." - Catherine V. Hyde, Board Member
PFLAG National
"For some parents, learning that your child is transgender can be overwhelming, often with a sense of confusion, anxiety, fear, and helplessness. This comprehensive guide, written by experts whose work is dedicated to celebrating and honoring gender diversity with the recognition that positive mental health outcomes are likely when people have the courage to be their authentic selves and are respected for doing so, is invaluable. With a focus on adolescents, this book gives parents the resources to support their transgender teens. The information provided is nuanced, yet practical. It anticipates the readers' questions, and addresses them with facts, depth, and insight. With the recognition that everyone has a gender and that more and more individuals are recognizing their own gender diversity, this book is of value to any parent and to all health care providers who care for teens." - Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, Director of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, Benioff Children's Hospital
" The Transgender Teen is monumental in the progression of human rights, acceptance of difference, and explanation of how society influences one s view of gender. It not only reveals the complexity of gender, but also dispels the common myths and misconceptions about those who don t fit perfectly in society s gender categories. As the mother of a transgender child, I am relieved to have a resource that offers clear, practical solutions and strategies to help my child in the upcoming adolescent years. This book is a magnificent starting place to help guide any caregiver on the unknowns of raising a transgender, non-binary, or questioning teenager."
- Hillary Whittington, parent to a transgender teen
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What do you do when your son announces he is transgender and asks that you call her by a new name? Or what if your child uses a term you ve never heard of to describe themselves (neutrois, agender, non-binary, genderqueer, androgyne) and when you didn t know what they meant, they left the room and now won t speak to you about it? Perhaps your daughter recently asked you not to use gendered pronouns when referring to her anymore, preferring that you use they; you re left wondering if this is just a phase, or if there s something more that you need to understand about your child.
There is a generational divide in our understandings of gender. This book helps bridge that divide and provides practical information on helping your child navigate their world and build the resiliency they need to survive in often hostile situations. Raising a teenager is challenging; when the teen is transgender, or non-binary in their gender identity, the task becomes that much greater.
This comprehensive guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising a teenager who may be transgender, non-binary, gender-fluid or otherwise gender-expansive. Combining years of experience working in the field with extensive research and personal interviews, the authors cover pressing concerns relating to physical and emotional development, social and school pressures, medical considerations, and family communications. Learn how parents can more deeply understand their children, and raise their non-binary or transgender adolescent with love and compassion.
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This book is the perfect follow up to "The Transgender Child." It gently guides readers through the steep learning curve that often comes with supporting a transgender or non-binary teenager through their gender journey and helping them navigate their daily lives. Thoughtful and thorough, this book is a certainly a must read for parents and professionals. -"Asaf Orr, Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney, NCLR"
"As a health educator and as a parent, I can't think of a better resource to help adults navigate their relationships with the transgender teens in their lives. Stephanie Brill and Lisa Kenney do great job of providing a valuable roadmap both for adults new to the experiences of transgender teens as well as for those more seasoned." -"Ellen Friedrichs, Sexual Health Educator and Writer"
Cutting edge, "The Transgender Teen," written by two of the most esteemed experts in our field, compassionately brings this exciting group of young people into focus like no other book ever has. In our new world of gender expansiveness, it is a must read for everyone. -"Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., Author of The Gender Creative Child and Director of the Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Gender Center, University of California San Francisco"
"Our daughter transitioned in her teens, seven years ago. This book speaks openly and clearly to all the issues we grappled with in ignorance and darkness. It s an honest, straightforward, and important work that will help light and ease the journey for many families." -"Catherine V. Hyde, Board Member
PFLAG National"
"For some parents, learning that your child is transgender can be overwhelming, often with a sense of confusion, anxiety, fear, and helplessness. This comprehensive guide, written by experts whose work is dedicated to celebrating and honoring gender diversity with the recognition that positive mental health outcomes are likely when people have the courage to be their authentic selves and are respected for doing so, is invaluable. With a focus on adolescents, this book gives parents the resources to support their transgender teens. The information provided is nuanced, yet practical. It anticipates the readers' questions, and addresses them with facts, depth, and insight. With the recognition that everyone has a gender and that more and more individuals are recognizing their own gender diversity, this book is of value to any parent and to all health care providers who care for teens." - "Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, Director of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, Benioff Children's Hospital""

Biographical Note:
Stephanie Brill is a leading expert on a broad range of topics related to gender diversity. She is the author of landmark books including The Transgender Child and The Transgender Teen. She is the founder and Board Chair of Gender Spectrum, an organization at the forefront of work related to children, youth, and gender. She is also co-founder and Board Chair of Reimagine Gender, an organization working with corporations, NGOs, legislators, and policy makers to open a world of possibilities for all people to realize their potential by addressing and expanding today's limiting concepts of gender.

Publisher Marketing:
Is it just a phase, a fad, or a real issue with your teen? This comprehensive guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising a teenager who may be transgender, gender-variant or gender-fluid. Covering extensive research and with many personal interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the author covers pressing concerns relating to physical and emotional development, social and school pressures, medical options, and family communications. Learn how parents can advocate for their children, find acceptable colleges and career paths, and raise their gender variant or transgender adolescent with love and compassion.


Contributor Bio:Brill, Stephanie
Stephanie Brill is a leading expert on a broad range of topics related to gender diversity. She is the author of landmark books including The Transgender Child and The Transgender Teen. She is the founder and Board Chair of Gender Spectrum, an organization at the forefront of work related to children, youth, and gender. She is also co-founder and Board Chair of Reimagine Gender, an organization working with corporations, NGOs, legislators, and policy makers to open a world of possibilities for all people to realize their potential by addressing and expanding today's limiting concepts of gender.
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    Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens

    9781627781749
    Essence Authors 2023
    $16.95
    Review Quotes:This book is the perfect follow up to The Transgender Child. It gently guides readers through the steep learning curve that often comes with supporting a transgender or non-binary teenager through their gender journey and helping them...
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  • Black Pearls: Daily Meditations, Affirmations, and Inspirations for African-Americans
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    Black Pearls: Daily Meditations, Affirmations, and Inspirations for African-Americans

    9780688122911
    Essence Authors 2023
    $9.99
    Eric V. Copage's Black Pearls is an extraordinary book of inspirational thoughts and practical advice for African-Americans. The 365 quotes that begin each day's entry range from African proverbs to wisdom from Oprah Winfrey, Malcolm X, Terry...
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Jamal Jordan is a mixed-media documentarian and occasional professor. He's worked with VICE News, NBC News and, most recently, the New York Times (where the Queer Love in Color adventure began).

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"The world needs to see and receive what love looks like in all its forms. Queer Love in Color arrested my heart and soothed my anxious soul. Love is love is love is love! Thank you, Jamal Jordan, for showing the world what true love looks like." --Billy Porter

"As queer and trans people of color, we don't often see images of ourselves in love--maybe infatuation or lust, but not often love. By capturing couples and families in our community and amplifying their love, Queer Love in Color helps define our legacies of queer affection beyond the carnal and sensational. This is a mirror into which generations might look to see their deepest selves and a world of possibilities reflected back at them. This is a tool through which many will unlearn the toxicity that society has taught us and learn anew how to love and be loved." --Tre'vell Anderson, journalist and cultural critic
"Jamal Jordan challenges the narrow depictions of queer love through this masterfully written, photographed, and curated collection. There is no one way to love, and Queer Love in Color honors and celebrates that truth." --Blair Imani, historian and author
"I wept as I pored over the images and stories here. What Jamal Jordan has captured is the magic of our love, of our bonds, of our understanding. In a world that so often renders us expendable, this project reminds us all that our love for each other is what has saved and will save us. In each other's arms we create a world of possibilities, tenderness, and empowerment. So much of the work we do is to let others know we see them, and Queer Love in Color reflects us back to ourselves with a startling and welcomed clarity--and I am unendingly grateful." --Lady Phyll, executive director and co-founder of UK Black Pride
"With Queer Love in Color, Jamal Jordan does more than reveal the infinite possibilities available beyond the status quo; like all great queer storytellers, Jordan turns the possible into the inevitable, the marginal into the central, and the faded into the bold. With portraits of and insight from queer folks of color from around the world, Jordan captures the most profound gift of queerness: We define our own realities, design our own joys, and experience loves that have no equal." --Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, authors of We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

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A photographic celebration of the love and relationships of queer people of color by a former New York Times multimedia journalist
"Thank you, Jamal Jordan, for showing the world what true love looks like."--Billy Porter
Queer Love in Color features photographs and stories of couples and families across the United States and around the world. This singular, moving collection offers an intimate look at what it means to live at the intersections of queer and POC identities today, and honors an inclusive vision of love, affection, and family across the spectrum of gender, race, and age.
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    Queer Love in Color

    9781984857644
    Essence Authors 2023
    $28.00
    Biographical Note:Jamal Jordan is a mixed-media documentarian and occasional professor. He's worked with VICE News, NBC News and, most recently, the New York Times (where the Queer Love in Color adventure began).Review...
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