About the Book

An Unremarkable Girl is a dual voiced mother/daughter memoir written by Nan Seymour and Beatrice Washburn, her 24 year-old transgender daughter. The authors are currently seeking publication for their 65,000 word story of a girl who survived to become herself through the perils of a misgendered adolescence. 

Here are some excerpts, read by the autors on KRCL 90.9FM's program Radioactive.

About the Authors
Beatrice Washburn is a transgender author, community advocate, and amateur historian. She was featured alongside her mother, Nan Seymour, in the 2016 Hope Lives, a documentary addressing teen suicide in Utah, and has spoken on multiple panels about the film and transgender issues. She is currently co-authoring a memoir about growing up transgender in Salt Lake City with her mother. She believes firmly in the power of personal experience in addressing community issues, and is available to do panels and speaking engagements. She can be reached by email at or via Facebook at “Author Beatrice Washburn”.

Nan Seymour is passionate about helping people find and foster their voice. She provides narrative encouragement through River Writing, her generative community writing practice. She also designs and facilitates oral storytelling workshops for The Bee, SLC's premier monthly storytelling event. A miller and baker by trade for many years, she learned something about process by milling the wheat and acquired some patience while waiting for loaves to rise. 

Book Excerpts and Related Writing
Tell Me Your Name Nan's perspective on what to do (and why it matters) when someone tells you who they are.
Love Letter to My Family Nan's actual letter, written Spirng of 2015, informing their extended family of Beatrice's transition. ( Excerpted in the book.)
Facade Beatrice explains what it was like to hide her true self under a male facade for most of her early life.
First Love How Beatrice found true love in the early days of her gender transition, and the confidence it gave her in transitioning.

Suicide Prevention
The Trevor Project provides trained counselors 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 866-488-7386, or visit the website for text and chat options. 
The Alex Project 24-hours/day: Text LISTEN to 741741 Life-saving help for youth via texting.

Resources for Families
The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works in risk prevention to save lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and youth. They offer essential educational materials to support families, including a booklet published specifically for LDS families. 
PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians & Gays) 
Mama Dragons provides robust support and an online community for Mormon, post-Mormon, and never-Mormon mothers. They moderate private Facebook forums for mothers of LGBTQ kids including one specifically for mothers of trans and non-binary individuals. 
Watch the exceptional short documentary Transmormon to witness a Utah family succesfully navigate the tension between the tenets of their faith and their profound parental love.
Affirmation is a support community forLGBT Mormons, Families, and Friends
Curious about what gender creative parenting is? Read all about it on Raisingzoomer.com.er.com and/or watch this terrific TedX talk from Kyl Myers.

National Resources
The NCLR (National Center for Lesbian Rights) has been advancing the civil and human rights of LGBT people and their families since it was founded in 1977.
Lambda Legal 
HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Champions of civil rights! Partnering with the NCLR and state equality groups to pass state legislation ending conversion therapy.
GLAAD is a go-to for affirming media recommendations. GLAAD works directly with media to restore truth and dignity to the narratives of transgender lives.
NCTE (National Center for Transgender Equality) 
The GLBT National Resource Database 
Point of Pride empowers trans people in need through gender-affirming support programs such as access to free chest binders and trans femme shapewear.
National LGBT Health Education Center

Utah Resources
Utah Pride Center 
Offers support groups for kids and teens that are gender non-conforming as well as for parents, including a less formal group called Genderland for folks under the age of 20. For adults, there’s the long-standing trans support group. The center sponsors an annual Genderevolution conference each November. 
TEA of Utah is a potently focused educational and advocacy resource. 
Equality Utah has a page just for Transgender Utahns
Encircle is an LGBTQ + family youth resource center with robust programs and offerings.
VOA Youth Resource Center For Homeless & At-risk Teens Legions of trans youth become homeless after being rejected by their families. The VOA provides shelter and services, a free legal clinic and even employment training through their local coffee shop. 
University of Utah Healthcare 
Developing a transgender health program so that folks can more easily and safely access health services. They host an annual provider summit for mental and physical healthcare providers throughout the state.
University of Utah LGBT Resource Center 
An abundance of support for students who identify as queer, including a Queer and Trans Students of Color Support Group. Yes to intersectionality! 
SLC Supportive Transitions is a family support group led by Jack D. Haden LCSW and Jania Sommers LCSW, whom we love and whole-heartily recommend. Contact Jania for more information. 
The LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild 
A helpful resource for identifying affirming mental healthcare in Utah.