Being Transgender
What You Should Know
by Thomas E. Bevan, PhD
November 2016, 242pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4524-6
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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Although the acceptance of transgender people has improved, they are still amongst the most marginalized groups in America.

Written for general audiences, this unprecedented book comprehensively answers many questions about being transgender with current experiential and scientific information, including the evidence for a biological transgender predisposition.

With transgender people visibly achieving fame in entertainment, the literary world, and other arenas, increasing numbers of transgender people are choosing to publicly announce that they are transgender. All of this has brought transgender people and the associated issues of being transgender into mainstream discourse. The demand for fact-based, scientific information on being transgender has never been higher. Written by a transgender person who is also a physiological psychologist, this book is the first for general readers that explains what is known about transgender causation, what life as a transgendered individual is like, and the science involved in living a transgender life.

This book serves to improve understanding of being transgender among general audiences—including transgender readers—by describing the science and experience of being transgender. It supplies an enlightening understanding of what if feels like to be transgender, when it starts, the many paths for living a transgender life, and methods to face challenges such as bullying and rejection. It provides a worldview that transgender people are neither broken nor diseased, but rather that they exhibit transgender behavior because of a biological predisposition for which there is solid scientific evidence.


  • Offers information derived from the author's review of more than 3,000 source articles and books across 22 scientific disciplines across more than 11 years—a repository of information that is likely the most comprehensive on transgender science
  • Represents the first book written for general audiences from the perspective of a scientist, not a clinician or advocate
  • Identifies the forms of rejection of transgender people sanctioned by culture and provides suggestions for dealing with them
  • Discusses the future of transgender people as well as that of the binary gender system in Western culture
Thomas E. Bevan, PhD, is president and owner of a company that conducts research on biopsychology applications, including capturing the science and experience of being transgender. Bevan is both an experienced biopsychologist and a transgender person, herself. Bevan is known in the transgender and academic communities as Dana Jennett Bevan. She has been a transgender person for more than 50 years and a transsexual for 9 years, completing transition in 2014. She still publishes under her legal name (Thomas). She has published two books on transgender science, her most recent being Praeger's The Psychobiology of Transsexualism and Transgenderism. Bevan received her doctorate from Princeton University in physiological psychology and her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College with Distinction in Psychology. Her previous book was entitled The Transsexual Scientist, which was self-published under the name Dana Bevan. She was full professor on the general faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology and taught psychobiology there. Bevan has presented scientific papers at prominent transgender meetings, including WPATH, IFGE, First Event, and Southern Comfort. She developed several physiological psychology applications for the Department of Defense, receiving the Army Innovation Award for medical training technology. Bevan also developed the Integrated Theory of Stress Resilience for the U.S. military, which provides understanding of posttraumatic stress disorder. Bevan is a member of WPATH, the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors Society (emerita), the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and Lesbians Who Tech. She blogs on biopsychology topics under the name of Dana Jennett Bevan at on a monthly basis.
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