Sara-Jane is a ground breaking author and activist on Gender Identity and Gender Dysphoria. She is also an inspirational figure for people going through many of life’s difficulties, because her book Becoming Myself also deals with her experience of having to overcome many challenges, any one of which would flatten the rest of us. According to Sara-Jane, the greatest challenge of her life (even greater than her battle with her gender identity), was being raised as mentally retarded (not a joke) and leaving school at 11 years of age and starting work at just 12 years.
Sara-Jane grew up in Ballyfermot in the 60s-70s, when it was simply impossible for children her age to ever be themselves.
Sara-Jane was self-educated until she entered college as a mature student and graduated from the National College of Ireland at 30. This makes her becoming an author and speaker/lecturer even more extraordinary. She made her debut as a international Women’s Day Speaker in 2017.
Watch out for announcements in 2020 on Sara-Jane’s One Woman Show.
Wrong Body Wrong Life (2010) is the first book of its kind to be published in Ireland. It addresses the subject of Gender Dysphoria (formally Gender Identity Disorder) and describes the living experience of gender dysphoric people in Ireland. It has proven to be a truly ground breaking book in that it is the first to properly inform readers on the true nature of gender dysphoria, the science behind it. It helps to breakdown the stereotypes that surround those who transition from one gender to the other. The author has long been regarded as a leading authority on this much misunderstood form of gender identity.
The book is used by clinicians, academics and the public alike and has resulted in the author being engaged as a guest speaker/lecturer with UCC and now with the Church of Ireland, promoting greater understanding and inclusion for those who transition towards becoming their true selves.