I’ve always found it interesting that someone had to throw Jackie Robinson the ball for there to be a Jackie Robinson. Give talent and passion the right team to play on, and, as they say, the rest is history. In no less a historical spotlight, I am proud to present you with I Rise – The Transformation of Toni Newman, the first memoir written in America by a member of the African American transgender community. It is gut-wrenchingly honest, factually supported, and well written. Dr. Marc Weiss Ph.D., Associate Professor of Urban Development, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University wrote the foreword to this memoir, is a best-selling author, and a former member of the Clinton administration.
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Transgender Author Toni Newman
I Rise is the true story of Toni Newman’s transformation from an internally conflicted male to a proud, pre-operative transsexual. Born the eldest son into a strict Christian family, Toni admits knowing from her earliest days that she “was a different bird born in the wrong body.” With laser-guided sincerity, curiosity, and above all, humor and compassion, Toni tells her story of being a “sissy boy,” a scholarship student, a business professional, an escort, a drag queen, a NYC prostitute, an LA dominatrix, and finally, a transsexual attending law school in order to help her transsexual sisters in need.
From cross-dressing and Bible Study classes in Jacksonville, North Carolina, to writing and studying while tending to the fetish fantasies of Hollywood’s A-list, I Rise is far from a tale of fitting in. It is instead a unique and mesmerizing study of finding oneself in a world where gender and beauty can be hard fought for and earned. And Toni Newman, more than anyone else I know, deserves to be proud of her identity. Through the complete loss of friends, family support, employment and shelter, Toni was never deterred from seeking the path that was right for her.
When a minority community so stricken by drug abuse, sexual exploitation, explosive suicide rates, and lack of education, has a voice rise out of it as courageous and profound as Toni Newman’s, you do everything you can to make sure it’s a home run heard the world over. Enclosed you will find the short synopsis of I Rise. At your request, I would be pleased to provide you with the complete manuscript of 37,269 words and forty-two transformational photos.
The desire to change one’s anatomic sexual characteristics to conform physically to one’s perception of self as a member of the opposite sex. Male to female is also referred to as “mtf,” and female to male as “ftm.”
A female or transsexual dominant, or dominatrix in BDSM, which is a type of role play or lifestyle choice between two or more individuals who use their experiences of pain and power to create sexual tension, pleasure, and release. The compound acronym, BDSM, is derived from the terms bondage and discipline (B&D, B/D, or BD), dominance and submission (S&M, S/M, or SM), sadism and masochism.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dr. Marc Weiss
Chapter 1 – The Beginning
Chapter 2 – The College Years
Chapter 3 – The Professional Years
Chapter 4 – The Fitness Years
Chapter 5 – The Transformation Years
Chapter 6 – The Mistress Years
Chapter 7 – The Erotic Professional Years
Chapter 8 – Learning the Law
Chapter 9 – My Thoughts
Chapter 10 – I Rise