Why I had a sex-change op, by church minister
It was an event which aimed to break through prejudice and ignorance, to allow people to ask difficult questions about often taboo subjects.
And they don't get much more complex than changing your sex.
That was one of the topics up for discussion at a mobile library with a difference which took place in Bath on Saturday.
Visitors to the Human Library in SouthGate were able to talk to people on a range of topics including politics, policing and health conditions, in an attempt to break down barriers and increase tolerance.
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One of those taking part was church minister the Rev Kieran Bourne, who underwent surgery to live as a man a decade and a half ago.
The minister of the Living Springs Church, which welcomes the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities, was there to be a source of information and comment about transgender issues.
He said: "I thought it would be a good opportunity. I am aware that people see or hear about transgender issues and they often pre-judge people and think they are a bit odd, so I thought it might be a good opportunity to dispel some of these myths."
Mr Bourne, who grew up in New Zealand and is now 54, added: "As a child I knew I wasn't in the right body and all I ever wanted to be was a man, but it took me a long time to start that journey.
"As a child I used play boys' games and be on boys' teams but when I hit puberty things started to change and you don't know what you can do about it. You live with it and life carries on and you do all the things you are expected to do but all the time there is a little voice saying it isn't quite right."
It was not until he was 39 that he decided to live as a man, with his Christian faith helping him stay strong.
"I made the decision and I think making the decision was a weight off my mind.
"People don't understand transgender and I had somebody once say to me 'It is like homosexuality, there's a lot of it around at the moment'.
"But being transgender is extremely bad for your health in the first instance; secondly, once you make the decision – which is probably the hardest decision you will ever make in your life – you have to put yourself through psychological checks and put yourself through surgery. If people think that is a fashion statement they are mistaken."
The library event was put on by homelessness charity Julian House with organiser Clare Emery saying the event had proved thought-provoking.
"We had 12 people sit down and take out a book in the first hour and a half and people have been more open than I expected," she said.
"It is to break down social barriers in Bath and try and change perceptions and stereotypes. It is also to try to make Bath more of a community."
Twenty-one-year-old Phoebe Kitcher was a human book about borderline personality and post-traumatic stress disorders.
"There is negativity in the media or when you go on the internet, you find websites talking about it or even when you go out with people they will make comments not knowing I have these conditions and it is hurtful," she said.
"People seem to think your life will stop if you are diagnosed with a mental health condition and they seem to think that I can't do anything but I am here to say that I have a job and I get on with everything the same as everybody else."
Police community support officer Kevin Williams also took part in the event to show people that PCSOs were at the heart of community policing.
"It is very easy to engage with young children when you're on foot or on bike and I hope that by building up relationships with them now they will be less likely to give communities grief in the future."