Lee Jay is a Baby Boomer who was born into a conservative family in a small town and raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Yet from a young age, Jay knew that he was male inside even though he was female on the outside and was being raised to conform to a traditional version of femininity. Jay grew up in the 1960s and came of age in the 1970s, in an era when homosexuality was generally considered to be a mental illness and the word “transgender” did not exist. After moving to the city as a young adult, Jay witnessed the devastation of the AIDS epidemic firsthand and has since, along with the rest of his generation, seen society evolve toward greater understanding and acceptance, although the journey is far from over.
This book tells the story of one Baby Boomer’s life: from a religious childhood to teenage rebellion to an adulthood in which he finally is able to live life as his true self.