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Best-selling young adult author James Dawson comes out as transgender

Best-selling young adult author James Dawson comes out as transgender

James Dawson was voted Queen of Teen 2014.

Award-winning young adult author James Dawson has come out as transgender.

The English author previously identified as a gay man but realized he ‘had far more in common with trans women’ 18 months ago while writing his best-selling non-fiction book about LGBTI youth, This Book Is Gay.

Dawson has asked that people refer to him by the pronouns he/his until he is further along in his transition.

‘About 18 months ago I started what will be a very long journey into living as a woman,’ he said in a 23 October statement.

It was while writing This Book Is Gay that I realized I had far more in common with trans women than I did with gay men and started speaking to a gender therapist. I am now on a waiting list to receive treatment from specialist doctors and nurses.

‘People have already noticed me physically changing and I will continue to do so over the coming months. It’s a slow and complicated process and, with regret, I may have to take a step back from some events, and focus on writing.’

Dawson was voted Queen of Teen in 2014 and was shortlisted earlier this year for The Bookseller’s YA Book Prize for his novel Say Her Name.

He added: ‘I have the best readers in the world and I just know my gender identity isn’t going to be an issue for a second.’