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First Year Out

First Year Out

A Transition Story

Sabrina Symington

Quick Overview

This intimate and striking graphic novel follows transgender woman Lily, as she transitions to her true self. Depicting her experiences from coming out right through to gender reassignment surgery, Lily's story provides vital advice on the social, emotional and medical aspects of transitioning and will empower anyone questioning their gender.
Published by Singing Dragon
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2017, 10.55in x 7.09in / 268mm x 180mm, 128pp
ISBN: 9781785922589
2017, PDF, 128pp
ISBN: 978-0-85701-303-3
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From laser hair removal and coming out to her parents, through to dating, voice training and gender reassignment surgery, this intimate and witty graphic novel follows the character of Lily as she transitions to living as her true, female self. Providing support and guidance on a range of issues such as hormones, medical procedures and relationships, the story traces the everyday thoughts, emotions and struggles many trans and non-binary people face and seeks to empower those who are starting to question their gender as well as promoting wider discussion about the complexities of gender and identity. Based on the author's own experiences as a trans woman, this honest and powerful work is a testament to being who you are and a celebration of gender diversity.


'Sabrina Symington's First Year Out is a gorgeous graphic novel about the main character, Lily's, experiences through her transition. It's a warm and moving story, beautifully illustrated, that will resonate with many people. I loved the inclusion of a diverse cast of characters who experienced their gender in different ways, as well as the focus on Lily in particular. It was good to see Lily and her friends answering some of the questions trans people hear a lot, in ways that should be accessible to anyone. This would be a useful book for parents, partners, friends, and colleagues of trans people to read to gain a better understanding. I expect that First Year Out will end up being a good friend to many trans people embarking on their own journeys.'
- Meg-John Barker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University and Co-author of How to Understand Your Gender

'I laughed and I cried. I personally identified with many of the situations ... This is not only a great guide for transgender people, but for allies as well.'
- Carla Lewis, Transgender Advocate

'Sabrina Symington's work is beautiful but she isn't afraid to show the ugly side of transition too, making this a story all trans girls can relate to.'
- Charlie Craggs, Transgender Activist and #1 on The Observer's 2016 New Radicals list


Lily's clear explanations of how she tucks in her pre-op genitals or how she copes with dysphoria and dysmorphia, her mother's realisation that her unconscious bias sounds like Transgender Exclusionary Radical Feminism (TERF), and the stories of other transitioning women whose appearance will never reach the delicacy they feel is authentic, inspire great empathy and visceral emotion.
Much of this is due to the art, which is vibrant in style and colour.

- Steff Humm, Editor


By (author): Sabrina Symington