From the recent historic gay marriage victory in the Supreme Court to Caitlyn Jenner’s splashy coming-out on the cover of Vanity Fair, the transformative potential of the transgender experience has inarguably never taken hold of the public dialogue to the extent it is today.
With the July 2015 release of There Is Room For You: Tales From A Transgender Defender’s Heart, Zoe Dolan – one of America’s highest-profile criminal lawyers and transgender activists – shares her incredible story with the world. Contributing a nuanced, insightful, and inspiring portrait of life as a transgender woman, There Is Room For You has the capacity to speak to the heart of anyone – transgender or not – and help them believe in the title’s promise.
Born in a boy’s body, Zoe moved to New York City when she was 17 years old. In the years that followed, she lived in Chicago, Guatemala, Syria, and Egypt, where she witnessed a life-changing human rights incident that inspired her to go to law school. There Is Room For You chronicles her journey across continents, cultures, and with her changing body. From her sex addiction recovery to her climb up the ivory tower of federal court as a young trial attorney – on cases ranging from al-Qaeda terrorism charges to what New York Magazine called “the worst scandal in the history of the NYPD” – There Is Room For You follows Zoe as she meditates upon how it felt to live in the wrong body, the experience of sex change surgery, and falling in love with men around the world along the way. Yet, all the while, she longed for acceptance from her family, society, and most of all, herself.
Indulge yourself for a moment and assume that human beings communicate through actions beyond words – and that meaning derives from our personal histories and how we digest them and convert their energy into our identities as individuals and together as a society. Fertilized by those beliefs, do our lives then grow to take on significance from the myths we live out in obscurity as lone souls, so that we may aspire to play a role in the story of humanity? Part memoir and part questioning of criminal justice in America by a trial lawyer known for handling terrorism cases, There Is Room for You is about coming to believe the title’s promise. Let your imagination soar.
Meet the Author
ZOE DOLAN is a criminal defense lawyer, artist, author, and activist. A speaker of English, Spanish, and Arabic, she is known for her legal work in cases such as the 2014 trial of Suleiman Abu Ghayth, the highest-ranked al-Qaeda suspect to be tried in a civilian court in the United States, about which she was profiled in The New York Times. In the realm of creative advocacy, Zoe is the creator of the Being Transgender – Naked project, a series of blog posts, artworks, and short films including this video for Upworthy and Style Like U, which has been viewed over 500,000 times across various platforms.