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CONFESSIONS OF A SOUTHERN SISSY

Jacob Tobia’s memoir, Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story, garnered the nonbinary trans actor, author, and activist a six-figure deal with Putnam Books. Sissy takes fans from Tobia’s earliest nonconforming gender experiences through the intense gender policing that eventually drove those explorations underground, to their coming out gay in high school, and blossoming in college. Having trailed glitter through the years, in Sissy, Tobia eventually uses those sparkly bread crumbs to rediscover their identity and embrace a feminine-genderqueer expression.

“Most people experience just a profound level of gender policing throughout their entire lives, and it starts at such an early age that people don’t even realize their gender had been policed,” Tobia says now. “I’m [still] spending a

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