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In 2000, Rebekah Robertson gave birth to twin boys, George and Harry. But as they grew older, their preferences began to show, and by the age of three it was clear Georgie was drawn to anything that was pretty or had a skirt that could swirl.

Before long Georgie began to insist that she was a girl and became distressed that she had to hide who she really was when she started school. Soon the bullying started, and she would come home in floods of tears, begging her mother to help her. 

Rebekah and her husband, conflicted about how to proceed and overwhelmed by fear, united in their determination to help her live freely and fearlessly. To ensure Georgie had access to medical support they sought permission for her to begin puberty-blocking medication. Their case, Re: Jamie, was the start of the long road to justice for transgender children in Australia and became the basis of the 2013 landmark decision to remove the Family Court's jurisdiction. 

Georgie would go on to become one of the brightest stars of the Australian youth leadership landscape through her advocacy work. And Rebekah would found Transcend, a support network for transgender kids and their families in Australia.

Part memoir and part inspirational message of hope for those navigating a similar path, About a Girl is a thought-provoking and profoundly moving true story. Above all, it is a celebration of family and the values that unite us all.

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©2019 Rebekah Robertson (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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What a story and a relatable one

Listening to this audio book firstly brought up a lot of hard memories in terms of the harsh topics discussed in the earlier chapters and as the book progressed it gave me a lot of food for thought and by the end I was in tears just because of the journey I highly rate this book a listen and a re-listen - Jasmine Weaver

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Inspirational story of love and acceptance

I loved listening to this book, I found the story of this amazing family touching and it has helped me me understand what being trans might be like when lived in a really supportive community and am so thankful you all have each other, warms my heart. And it’s no wonder you make a living doing voice overs! The narration of this book is one of my favourites, listening to good books is my new way to relax and practice self care, thank you for sharing your story with the world, we are better for it, what a brave and talented lot you are, keep being you xo

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Moving, educational story

I read this book after hearing Georgie on No Filter podcast. Rebekah has written a truly moving account which had me totally absorbed. I experienced so many emotions - from sadness to elation- as I accompanied Rebekah on their journey. Thank you so much for sharing this most personal aspect of your lives.

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Inspirational

Every bit as interesting as it is important to the history of human rights in Australia.

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  • 24-12-2019

A remarkable story of family love

This book is a love story. The love of a mother and father for their children. This remarkable story shows what can be accomplished with grit and determination against the backdrop of unfounded accusations of parental abuse of a child. Some may want to try and portray the love and acceptance these parents showed their children as something unsavoury. I would be surprised if anyone could read this book and not be moved my this remarkable display of determination. The story of one mothers (with the support of her Husband) efforts to give her trans daughter every chance possible at a future. The great love and courage shown by her in the face of bigotry, innuendo and a legal system determined to dehumanize her. If you are looking to try and understand Trans children and the struggles they face then this is the book for you. If you are looking for sordid details of perversion then I suggest you look elsewhere as you won't find it within the pages of this book.

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Beautiful parents story

This is a beautiful poignant book about a family’s journey with a transgender child. I learned so much and appreciate very much that this life journey was shared for others to learn from. Thankyou

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  • Kitty Kat
  • 23-10-2019

Loved it. Good for anyone with a young trans child

I really enjoyed this book. The narrator had a soothing voice. My 15 year old grandson is trans and currently on testosterone and period blockers. He didn't know as young as Georgie did though that he was trans.

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  • Nancy Griffith
  • 17-12-2020

New Life

I was not sure about the book with the first chapter but as I listened more and finished the book I thought it was great. Rebekah did a great job raising 2 children that developed into great adults. Hearing how the family dynamics were, how they work through the hard and relentless government bureaucracy is inspiring. Transgender care is new for us in health care and we have questions of how and what to do legally ethical and with compassion. Great book I loved it.

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  • 15-09-2020

a great story with amazing accomplishments

I could not put it down. it felt as if I was there. well done. thank you for sharing

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  • Matthew Armes
  • 11-08-2020

A truly inspirational story I couldn't put down

I loved this book from start to finish. You could really hear the love in Rebekah's voice and what she said for her two children and it was truly an inspiration to hear how she had fought for them and how Georgie had been through so much just to be accepted for who she is. Of course it goes without saying that it really shouldn't be necessary in today's world to have to go through so much just to live your life in a way that you feel is right but until such a point where people can, it is such a relief to have people like Rebekah and Georgie advocating for those that follow in their footsteps.

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  • kiean glynn
  • 17-06-2020

Compelling

This is an amazing story of what it’s like to support someone with gender dysphasia, I am just starting my journey and found it inspirational The love warmth and devotion shown by Georgia’s parents shows no limits Thank you for everything you have done for the community A compelling read

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  • L.A.D..
  • 17-12-2019

Wonderful!

Such an uplifting story of strength and love. It’s a beautiful story of knowing what is right and going for it, even when so much is against you. Well worth a listen. I think it also shows the true hardship of being a transgender child, and the strength they show just to be themselves. Love will win.

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