The thirty-nine essays in I Spoke to You with Silence unite to create a harrowing immersive experience for the reader. Gradually, the writers’ voices become a chorus singing a collective lamentation, and with each new voice, each new note of suffering and pain, they swell in complexity and nuance. They offer no resolution or respite to the sadness and hopelessness they channel. Their voices are unforgettable and unforgiving.

I Spoke to You with Silence gathers personal stories of the lived experiences of sexually marginalized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), specifically transgender (trans) men and women (women who transition to men and men who transition to women); cisgender (cis) women (women who identify as female), including those who are bisexual, lesbian, asexual, queer, and pansexual; nonbinary and agender people (who do not identify exclusively as male or female or who identify as having no gender);...

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