Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois
Free Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois by the Brown Boi Project
Freeing Ourselves: A Guide to Health and Self Love for Brown Bois is a beautifully constructed, deeply thoughtful, and powerfully political health guide by and for masculine of center/transgender/gender non-conforming people of color. Intentionally slender, the book is full of poetry; exquisite photography; safer sex information; adaptive device how-tos; nutritional, herbal and exercise advice; poignant personal stories; healthcare histories that centralize the experiences of people of color; exposures of class and racial injustices in healthcare and/or prison systems; and thorough analysis of the impact of oppressions as lived trauma experiences.
All that, plus wellness charts, graphs, cartoons, appendixes, a few instructional porn shots, and more, in 126 cleanly designed, easily read pages.
As the book explains, the Brown Boi Project searched for a health curriculum that spoke to masculine of center/transgender/gender non-conforming brown bois, one that centralized our experiences, and reflected images and practices from communities of color. But after looking high and low, we realized that it didn’t exist. So we created it!” Edited by B. Cole and Luna Han, co-authored by Sara Flores, Erica Woodland, Jacoby Ballard, Rachel Esquilin, and Patricia Manual among others, the book is broken into 6 extensively illustrated and compactly organized chapters: mental/emotional/spiritual health; healthcare allies; sex, pregnancy, and menstruation; holistic gender transition care; energy, diet, and physical practice; and the profound Brown Boi Health Manifesto, written by Prentis Hemphill.
-by TT JAX