Toward the end of educator Cris Mayo's LGBTQ Youth and Education (2014), she relates the story of AJ, a white, FTM teen from a small town in Kentucky, who had been profiled in Mary L. Gray's (2007) study of queer youth spaces in the rural United States. AJ created a website that chronicled his transition and provided information for other trans youth that he could not readily find elsewhere online. According to Gray, “the website became a way for him to locally embody the transperson he was becoming in the absence of locations in his town for expressing or sharing the intimacy of that process with others” (Gray 2007: 11).

AJ's experiences encapsulate both a central theme of Cris Mayo's book and the need for such a work. Mayo (2014) states that the purpose of her text “is...

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