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Inspiring and honest, this unique memoir of gender transition and coming-of-age proves it’s never too late to find your true identity.
Since he was a small child, Lorimer Shenher knew something for certain: he was a boy. The problem was, he was growing up in a girl’s body.
In this candid and thoughtful memoir, Shenher shares the story of his gender journey, from childhood gender dysphoria to teenage sexual experimentation to early-adult denial of his identity—and finally the acceptance that he is trans, culminating in gender reassignment surgery in his fifties. Along the way, he details his childhood in booming Calgary, his struggles with alcohol, and his eventual move to Vancouver, where he became the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton (the subject of his critically acclaimed book That Lonely Section of Hell). With warmth and openness, This One Looks Like A Boy takes us through one of the most important decisions Shenher will ever make, as he comes into his own and finally discovers acceptance and relief.
Lorimer Shenher was born and raised in Calgary, living there until his move to Vancouver in 1991. Lorimer’s first love has always been writing. He worked as a copy runner for the Calgary Herald, before venturing off into the world of weekly newspapers in rural Alberta, working as a reporter and photographer covering the Junior Hockey, local crime and political beats. He joined the Vancouver Police Department as a constable in 1991, taking assignments in Patrol, Communications, the Prostitution Task Force, the Strike Force, Homicide/Missing Persons, Diversity Relations, Financial Crime, and the Threat Assessment Unit, including numerous undercover assignments. In 2013, Lorimer took medical leave from policing to receive treatment for a Post-Traumatic Stress Injury and continues to work toward recovery. He retired from the VPD in 2018.
In 2015, Greystone Books published That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away, Lorimer’s memoir of working on Vancouver’s Missing and Murdered Women file and an exploration of how the Vancouver Police Department failed to protect vulnerable people. It was named a 2015 Globe & Mail Top 100 Book. In 2015, Lorimer began a gender transition to male. He continues to write and in 2017 graduated with an MA in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University, winning the Founders Award for his cohort. His thesis project was an audio documentary called Where Did That Come From? Which explored the rise of the missing and murdered indigenous women as a major issue in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.
His second book, This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man releases from Greystone Books in March 2019. He currently lives with his family in Vancouver.