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ISBNs are included to make your life easier. You can call any bookstore and give them any ISBN, and they can easily find it in their computer and order it for you (or tell you if they have it in stock). No more searching shelves, trying to remember the names of publishers, etc.


OCLC, the Online Computer Library Centre, is a fantastic resource for those in the United States. You have to have access to OCLC in order to view it, but check with your local library - many libraries have a subscription to OCLC (or NetLibrary) and can help you set up an account. There are also a number of other Trans-related books on there, mostly non-fiction. Notably, there is a book available about Asperger's/autism and transsexualism. It may not be the ideal way to read a book, but it is a cheap, accessible way to find something you may be having a hard time getting your hands on.


If you are in the US and looking for a print copy of something and having trouble finding it, search at WorldCat, which asks for your ZIP code and spits out a list of libraries near you that have the book you ask for. In many cases, your public library can request a copy on interlibrary loan at no cost to you. Most librarians are way more interested in you having access to information than they are in your gender identity, so it's a pretty safe group to make this kind of request of, even if you are trying to be discreet or you have some concerns about being judged.


Contents

Anthologies

  • Amato, Toni and Davies, Mary. Pinned Down By Pronouns (2004). Conviction Books. ISBN 978-0972702713


  • Stryker, Susan, and Stephen Whittle, eds. The Transgender Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 2006. ISBN 9780415947084
The Transgender Studies Reader is a collection of fifty influential historical and contemporary articles with contextual introductions by Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle. The selections document the evolution of transgender studies in the English-speaking world. By bringing together the voices and experience of transgender individuals, doctors, psychologists, and theorists, this volume seeks to highlight important early works in scientific sexology and transsexualism, and feminist and queer theory, as well as key texts that explicitly engage the politics of gender identity.


  • Sycamore, Matt Bernstein. Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (2006). Seal Press. ISBN 978-1580051842


Books of Photography

Written portions are in both German and English. Amazing collection of photography.


Absolutely amazing.



  • Volcano, Del La Grace and Halberstam, Judith "Jack". The Drag King Book. Consortium Book Sales & Distributers, 1999. ISBN 978-1852426071
GREAT book.


Biographies and Autobiographies

  • Boyd, Helen. "She's Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband". Seal Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 1658005-1936.


  • Boyd, Helen. "My Husband Betty: Love, sex and Life with a Crossdresser". Thunder's Mouth Press, ISBN: 1560255153.


  • Boylan, Jennifer Finney. She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders. Broadway Books, 2003. ISBN 978-0767914291
The exuberant memoir of a man named James who became a woman named Jenny. She’s Not There is the story of a person changing genders, the story of a person bearing and finally revealing a complex secret; above all, it is a love story.
By turns funny and deeply moving, Jennifer Finney Boylan explores the remarkable territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships, and rejoices in the redeeming power of family. She’s Not There is a portrait of a loving marriage-the love of James for his wife, Grace, and, against all odds, the enduring love of Grace for the woman who becomes her “sister," Jenny.
To this extraordinary true story, Boylan brings the humorous, fresh voice that won her accolades as one of the best comic novelists of her generation. With her distinctive and winning perspective, She’s Not There explores the dramatic outward changes and unexpected results of life as a woman: Jenny fights the urge to eat salad, while James consumed plates of ribs; gone is the stability of “one damn mood, all the damn time."
While Boylan’s own secret was unusual, to say the least, she captures the universal sense of feeling uncomfortable, out of sorts with the world, and misunderstood by her peers. Jenny is supported on her journey by her best friend, novelist Richard Russo, who goes from begging his friend to “Be a man" (in every sense of the word) to accepting her as an attractive, buoyant woman. “The most unexpected thing," Russo writes in his Afterword to the book, “is in how Jenny’s story we recognise our shared humanity."
As James evolves into Jennifer in scenes that are by turns tender, startling, and witty, a marvellously human perspective emerges on issues of love, sex, and the fascinating relationship between our physical and our intuitive selves. Through the clear eyes of a truly remarkable woman, She’s Not There provides a new window on the often confounding process of accepting ourselves.


  • Castle, Stephanie. Prisoner of Gender: A Transsexual in the System. Perception Press, 1997. ISBN 978-1895590180


  • Colapinto, John. As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised As A Girl (Joan/John Story) ISBN 978-0060929596
A MUST-READ. The true story of a male-bodied child, one of identical twins, who lost his penis in a botched circumcision and was subsequently raised as a girl, and the circumstances that brought him full-circle to living as a man. If you or someone you know thinks that gender is solely a social construct, or even if not, READ THIS BOOK.


Autobiography of Caroline Cossey, also known as "Tula," the British fashion model and former Bond girl whose transsexualism was brutally revealed in News of the World with the headline "Bond girl was a boy." Cossey tells of her unsuccessful efforts to obtain the right to marry in the UK and her determination to continue her fight until she obtains that right. There are parallels in her life to that of April Ashley, who also worked as a model, appeared in films, was exposed by the press, and had a court battle, but Cossey, admirably (and unlike April Ashley), refuses to kiss and tell. See Ashley with Fallowfield (1983). Photographs.


  • Cummings, K. Katherine's diary: The story of a transsexual. Port Melbourne, Australia: William Heinemann, 1992. ASIN B000UEPZY2
This book is out of print, but Katherine bought the remaining copies when it was about to be remaindered. Copies are available from her (kcummings@iprimus.com.au) for $10 US plus postage (expensive by air, but less so by sea).
The author considers her transsexualism to be "secondary"; that is, to have developed rather late in life. For many years she considered herself a crossdresser. At least as much space is devoted to her description of her career as a librarian as to her transsexual career. She is from and has primarily resided in Australia, but was in the US during the early days of organized crossdressing, and it is interesting to read her description of events which are also covered in Darrell Raynor's A year among the girls, Virginia Prince's autobiograhy in issue no. 100 of Transvestia magazine, and H.G. Beigel's 1969 article, "A weekend in Alice's Wonderland." Cummings can be seen in old issues of Transvestia; she used the name Fiona, which she later changed to Katherine.
Cummings had sex reassignment surgery in 1989, but it is clear from her last several chapters that at the time of writing, she was far from resolving her feelings about her failed marriage: "Early in 1991 I offered to return without conditions to the family as John, since I would rather live with Diana as John than without her as Kate. Does this mean I am not a real transsexual? I don't think so. It simply means I have two very strong emotional ties in my life, one to Diana, and the other to Katherine. My ideal life would still be to live as Katherine with Diana in loving friendship but, of the alternatives, my love for Diana is stronger than my love for Katherine."


  • Hewitt, Paul & Warren, Jane. A Self Made Man: The Diary of a Man Born In a Woman's Body. Headline Publishers. ISBN 978-0747249986



  • Kailey, Matt. Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience. Boston: Beacon Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0807079591
A candid look at gender roles and reassignment from a middle-aged, Midwestern, middle-of-the-road Transman.
Matt Kailey lived as a straight woman for the first forty-two years of his life, and then he changed. With the help of a good therapist, chest surgery, and some strong doses of testosterone, Kailey began living life as the man he'd always wanted to be. Now, in Just Add Hormones, Kailey uses humour and humility to explain his journey toward accepting himself as neither a woman nor someone born male.
Kailey answers all the questions you've ever had about what it's like to live as a transsexual. From the fear of public restrooms to deciding whether to "pack" his pants, he explains what the world looks like from his new male vantage point. More than a memoir, Just Add Hormones is full of advice for those who may be questioning their gender while also offering valuable insights to the family and friends of those who have started a transition.
People frequently ask Kailey "Are you done?" In Just Add Hormones, Kailey reassures readers that being a transsexual is about more than some operation: it is a state of mind, a place between the two genders that can cause us all to consider - and even laugh at - our own notions of what being a man or a woman means.
Matt Kailey is an author, journalist, public speaker, and female-to-male transsexual. A former social worker, he now writes and speaks on issues of gender and sexuality. Kailey lives in Denver, Colorado.


  • Krieger, Nick (2011). Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender. Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0807000922
The next-generation Stone Butch Blues - a contemporary memoir of gender awakening and a classic tale of first love and self-discovery. Ambitious, sporty, feminine “capital-L lesbians” had been Nina Krieger’s type, for friends that is. She hadn’t dated in seven years, a period of non-stop travelling - searching for what, or avoiding what, she didn’t know. When she lands in San Francisco’s Castro neighbourhood, her roommates introduce her to a whole new world, full of people who identify as queer, who modify their bodies and blur the line between woman and man, who defy everything Nina thought she knew about gender and identity. Despite herself, Nina is drawn to the people she once considered freaks, and before long, she is forging a path that is neither man nor woman, here nor there. This candid and humorous memoir of gender awakening brings readers into the world of the next generation of Transgender warriors and tells a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.


  • McCloskey, Deirdre M. Crossing: A Memoir. University of Chicago Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0226556697


  • Middlebrook, Diane Wood. Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton. Mariner Books, 1999. ISBN 978-0395957899


  • Rees, Mark. Dear Sir or Madam: The Autobiography of a Female-to-Male Transsexual. Cassell Academic Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0304333943
(This book) is by one of the pioneers in the UK. Mark Rees was the first Trans person in the UK to go to the European Court of Human Rights; he is also one of the founders of Press For Change the campaign and lobby group on behalf of Trans rights rights here, and is a great campaigner on behalf of the cause with a very public profile here. He is also a leading figure in the FTM network. (commentary by Stephen Whittle)


Can be ordered at http://www.homofactuspress.com/
Homofactus Press proudly announces Two Truths and a Lie, a memoir in the form of three solo plays written and performed by critically acclaimed solo artist Scott Turner Schofield. From inside the often hilarious — but all too real — moments of his young life on the Homecoming Court and Debutante Ball circuit (in a dress), armed with only a decoder ring and a gifted tongue, Schofield comes out with truly unbelievable stories of a body in search of an identity. By turns slapstick and slap-to-the-face, this drama invites audiences and readers to explore gender, sex, sexuality, and self in their own first person.


Note that Scholinski's first name is now Dylan, but the book is published under Daphne.


  • Spry, Jennifer. Orlando's Sleep: An Autobiography of Gender. New Victoria Publishers, 1997. ISBN 0934678804



  • Thompson, Raymond with Sewell, Kittey. What Took You So Long: A Girl's Journey to Manhood. (Penguin Books, 1995) ISBN 978-0140246452 (see commentary under Hewitt, Paul)


Children's Books

Bergman, S. Bear. The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy (2012). Flamingo Rampant. ISBN 978-0987976307

The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy follows title-character Tulip as he deals with the birthday wishes of all the nine-year-olds in North America. Somewhat reminiscent of the Disney film Prep & Landing, The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy gives an inside look into what exactly happens to all those wishes, what Wish Fairies eat for lunch, and what kinds of tools they're issued. When a wish Tulip is unfamiliar with crosses his desk, from a child known as David who wishes to live as Daniela, he seeks the wise counsel of the Wish Fairy Captain and learns some new Wish Fairy Skills (while also introducing the concept of Trans-identified children in a friendly, sympathetic way). Tulip gets in a little hot water, but ultimately his compassion and thoughtfulness win the day, while serving as a model for readers.


Bergman, S. Bear. Backwards Day (2012). Flamingo Rampant. ISBN 978-0987976314

Backwards Day, set on the planet Tenalp, introduces us to a world where there are seventeen seasons, including one where bubblegum falls from the sky for three days and a single day when everything - everything everywhere - is backwards. Andrea looks eagerly forward to Backwards Day every year, so she can turn into a boy for the day. But one year she doesn't turn along with everyone else. She's miserable. The very next day, however, she turns into a boy - and stays that way! He's delighted, but his parents are distressed, and take him to the big city to consult with Backwardsologists. When they finally figure out what's happened, the miracles of Backwards Day are fully revealed to the reader.


Carr, Jennifer. Be Who You Are!. (AuthorHouse, 2010) ISBN 978-1452087252

Be Who You Are lets readers experience Hope's gender awareness and expression as a child who feels like a girl inside despite being born in a boy's body. Hope's family plays a critical role in the story as they come to terms with and accept Hope's decision to transition from living as a boy to living as herself, a girl. Although Be Who You Are tells one child's story, it speaks to all gender non-conforming children who face difficulties at school, with friends and even family who don't understand. Hope creates a language that other children and adults can relate to when discussing her expression. By talking with the people who support her such as her therapist, her parents and other kids who feel the same way, Hope gains the courage to be true to herself every day.


Cheltenham Elementary School Kindergartners. We Are All Alike … We Are All Different. (Scholastic Press, 1991) ISBN 978-0590491730


Dyer, Wayne and Tracy, Kristina. Incredible You! 10 Ways to let your greatness shine through. (Hay House, 2005) ISBN 978-1401907822

Recommended for ages 4-8.


Dyer, Wayne and Tracy, Kristina. Eres increíble! 10 formas de permitir que tu GRANDEZA brille a traves de ti. (Hay House, 2007) ISBN 978-1401917005

Recomiendo para niños de edades 4-8.


Ewert, Marcus and Ray, Rex. 10,000 Dresses. (Seven Stories Press, 2008) ISBN 978-1583228500

10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert is a charming tale of a "boy" named Bailey who dreams of wearing dresses. His parents and brother tell him that boys don't wear dresses and Bailey is sad because she doesn't feel like a boy. Bailey finally meets a friend that understands the desire to wear dresses and helps her achieve that goal. It is a story with beautiful illustrations by Rex Ray that uses just enough words to say what is needed. I highly recommend it for children of all ages (adults too), although it is definitely a book that would be enjoyed by the under 10 crowd. 10,000 Dresses helps us understand the workings of the gender variant child's mind from their point of view and it is very nicely done. (review from http://imatyfa.org/ )


Hoffman, Sarah. Jacob's New Dress. (Albert Whitman & Company, 2014) ISBN 978-0807563731

Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.


Kates, Bobbi. We’re Different, We’re the Same. (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1992) ISBN 978-0679832270


Kilodavis, Cheryl. My Princess Boy. (Simon & Schuster, 2010) For sale at http://myprincessboy.com/

My Princess Boy is a non-fiction picture book about acceptance. With words and illustrations even the youngest of children can understand, My Princess Boy tells the tale of a 4 year old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by wearing dresses and enjoying "traditional girl" things like jewellery, sparkles or anything pink. The book is told from a mother's point of view, sharing both positive and negative experiences the Princess Boy has with family, friends, classmates and even total strangers.
My Princess Boy is designed to open a dialogue about embracing uniqueness, and teaches children - and adults - how to accept those who cross traditional gender lines when it comes to clothing and self-expression. The book ends with the understanding that 'my' Princess Boy is really 'our' Princess Boy, and as a community, we need to accept and support young children for who they are and how they wish to look.


Jennings, Jazz. I Am Jazz (Dial, 2014). ISBN 978-0803741072

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.


Martinez, Jace. My Mommy Is a Boy (2007). For sale at http://jcarsner.tripod.com/id23.html

A children's book about having an FTM parent.


Mossiano, Lily. My New Daddy (2013). ISBN 978-1484817223

My New Daddy is a short illustrated work of fiction following young Charles through the journey of his mother's transition from female to male, and his transition from calling him "Mommy" to "Daddy". It explains, in easy to convey ideas, the hows and why of female to male gender reassignment surgery and the emotional and mental changes that occur during transition. It is designed to instill a sense of understanding in young children to prevent confusion and mistrust of Transgender individuals.


Mossiano, Lily. My New Mommy (2012). ISBN 978-1482757194

My New Mommy is a short illustrated work of fiction following young Violet through the journey of her father's transition from male to female. It explains, in easy to convey and appropriate for young children words, the basic steps of, and reasons for, male to female gender reassignment surgery and the emotional and mental changes that occur during transition. It is designed to instill a sense of understanding in young children to prevent confusion and mistrust of Transgender individuals.


Parr, Todd. It's Okay to Be Different. (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2009) ISBN 978-0316043472

Recommended for ages 4-8.


Wanzer, C. Kevin. Choose to Love. Available at http://choosetolove.com/ .

Teen Reading

Story about a teen MTF.
"A coming-of-age tale with universal resonance that also manages to expand our understanding of the word "universal." -- NY Press
"A groundbreaking and unflinching tale of teenage transsexualism." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A journey almost anyone can relate to." -- The San Francisco Chronicle
"Choir Boy may well be the first trans novel with Christian-youth crossover potential." -- Bitch Magazine
"Excruciatingly funny and captivating ….[Charlie Anders] has a knack for sharp, dizzy, laugh-out-loud dialogue." -- Frontiers Newsmagazine


Story about a teen FTM.
Growing up, J always thought of himself as a boy stuck in the body of a girl. In elementary school J shunned his mom’s attempts to stick him in dresses and preferred the rough-and-tumble play of boys on the playground. Now, as a teenager, J’s Puerto Rican mother and Jewish father want him to think about his future and one day start a family, a possibility that makes J feel misunderstood and anxious about what lies ahead. So after an argument with his best friend, J strikes out on his own. He starts classes at a school for Transgender and gay teens, but the complications resulting from who he is and who he wants to be prevent J from truly connecting with anyone. Fed up hiding inside layers of oversized t-shirts, J decides to explore testosterone treatments and embarks on a path that will test his patience, maturity, and commitment. Author Cris Beam’s extraordinary understanding of this often overlooked population shows in J a complex, conflicted character whose emotional journey will resonate beyond the final page. Equally impressive is Beam’s vivid dialog, which illuminates relationships and situations that any teen who has felt isolated will easily relate to. Thoughtfully researched and written, I Am J' is ultimately an inspiring novel about deciding to lead the life one is meant to--no matter at what cost. --Jessica Schein for Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2011


  • Bornstein, Kate. Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws. (Seven Stories Press, 2006) ISBN 978-1583227206
Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it.
Here, Kate bravely and wittily shares personal and unorthodox methods of survival for navigating an often cruel world. A one-of-a-kind guide to staying alive outside the box, Hello, Cruel World is a much-needed unconventional approach to teenage suicide prevention for marginalised youth who want to stay on the edge, but alive.
Hello, Cruel World features a catalog of 101 Alternatives to Suicide that range from the playful (Moisturize), to the irreverent (Disbelieve the Binary), to the highly controversial (Get Laid. Please). Designed to encourage readers to give themselves permission to unleash their hearts' harmless desires, the book has only one directive: "Don't be mean." It is this guiding principle that brings its reader on a self-validating journey, which forges wholly new paths toward a resounding decision to choose life.
Tenderly intimate and unapologetically edgy, Kate is the radical role model, the affectionate best friend, and the guiding mentor all in one kind and spirited package.
A celebrated pioneer for the LGBTQI community, transsexual author and performance artist, Kate Bornstein is the author of the wildly successful books My Gender Workbook, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and The Rest of Us, My New Gender Workbook, and her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger. She is also the co-editor of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.


  • Bornstein, Kate. My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You or Something Else Entirely. (Routledge, 1997) ISBN 978-0415916738
My Gender Workbook [is] the most complete guide to living with or without gender to have been written to date, putting books like Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus squarely where they belong: on Uranus. -- Seattle Gay News
[T]he most exciting and difficult aspect of My Gender Workbook is the way it never relents. It asks a question, then another, then another, answering questions with more questions ... Bornstein never tells us what or where the genderless promised land might be, but by the end of the book you do get the sense that she never describes it because she understands its indescribability so deeply. -- Hungry Mind Review
[Bornstein's] ideas are both novel and intriguing. -- Baltimore Alternative
My Gender Workbook may take a leap of faith to crack open, but the charm, wit, and quiet intelligence of its author will almost undoubtedly keep you along for the whole trip. And it is a trip, let me tell you. -- The Toronto Star


  • Bornstein, Kate. My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity. (Routledge, 2013). ISBN 978-0415538657
Cultural theorists have written loads of smart but difficult-to-fathom texts on gender theory, but most fail to provide a hands-on, accessible guide for those trying to sort out their own sexual identities. In My Gender Workbook, transgender activist Kate Bornstein brings theory down to Earth and provides a practical approach to living with or without a gender.
Bornstein starts from the premise that there are not just two genders performed in today's world, but countless genders lumped under the two-gender framework. Using a unique, deceptively simple and always entertaining workbook format, complete with quizzes, exercises, and puzzles, Bornstein gently but firmly guides readers toward discovering their own unique gender identity.
Since its first publication in 1997, My Gender Workbook has been challenging, encouraging, questioning, and helping those trying to figure out how to become a "real man," a "real woman," or "something else entirely." In this exciting new edition of her classic text, Bornstein re-examines gender in light of issues like race, class, sexuality, and language. With new quizzes, new puzzles, new exercises, and plenty of Kate's playful and provocative style, My New Gender Workbook promises to help a new generation create their own unique place on the gender spectrum.
"This updated edition of Bornstein's formative My Gender Workbook (1997) provides an invigorating introduction to contemporary theory around gender, sexuality, and power. The original is a classic of modern transgender theory and literature and, alongside Bornstein's other work, has influenced an entire generation of trans writers and artists. This revised and expanded edition extends that legacy, offering an accessible foundation for examining gender in the reader's life and in the broader culture while arguing for the dismantling of all forms of oppression. For fans of the original, Bornstein's new material merits a fresh read ..." --Publishers Weekly, starred review


  • Kennedy, Ryan and Edwards, Hazel. F2M: The Boy Within. (Ford Street Publishing, 2010) ISBN 978-1876462901
What happens when who you are on the inside clashes with what you are on the outside?
All adolescents face the quest for identity, but gender change complicates ‘coming of age’.
School-leaver Skye plays guitar in her all-girl band, The Chronic Cramps. Making her name in the punk music scene is easier than FTM (female to male) transitioning: from Skye to Finn, from girl to man. At the school reunion, Finn faces victimisation, but challenges the bullies.
Uncovering genetic mysteries about family heritage tears the family apart. Gran’s loved sibling Al was also Alberta. Transgender identity is more than hormones and surgery, it’s about acceptance. Going public, Finn sings FTM lyrics on TV.
With a little help from bemused mates and parents who don’t want to lose a daughter, but who love their teenager, Finn is transitioning.


'Yeah, I loved her. I couldn't help it. She was my brother.' Regan has always been there for her Transgender [MTF] brother, Liam, sacrificing her needs for his, but when he announces that he is ready to transition into Luna permanently, Regan is not sure she can handle the consequences. She has been his confidant all her life, letting Luna dress in her room, buying underwear for her when Liam couldn't, and giving support. However, when the attractive new guy in chemistry class shows an interest in Regan, she wishes her sibling would just go away and give her a chance to live her own life. Liam realises that in order for his sister to be free, he, too, must free himself to become the woman who lives inside him. Told from Regan's point of view in the present and in flashback, this novel breaks new ground in YA literature with a sensitive and poignant portrayal of a young man's determination to live his true identity and his family's struggle to accept Luna for who she really is. --School Library Journal


Story about a teen FTM.


Teenage drag queen Billy Bloom explodes onto the conservative scene at Eisenhower Academy, where he finds love and a band of blond sadists. St James tells the oldest story in the book, the one where an outcast seeks the homecoming crown, only this time a queen wants to be Queen. Billy's bold, bawdy narration makes Freak Show not only cohesive but also immensely entertaining. Readers will relish his conversational voice, naughty humor, celebrity put-downs, unabashed exuberance, and ALL CAPS expletives. Beneath the sequins, feathers, and foundation, Billy nurses an ardent desire for acceptance. Teens will quickly identify with his worries and needs, even as he dons lip gloss and a beehive wig. Billy shirks labels (he calls himself a "Gender Obscurist"), and this book also refuses to be defined by sexuality. Yes, Billy falls for another boy, and yes, they do kiss. Teens will find this romance fresh and fun, but they will also enjoy exploring complicated issues of empowerment, bigotry, self-esteem, and fear. Freak Show visits these difficult regions of adolescence with gracious candor and humor. More buoyant than weighty, this book flows as a fast-paced, snarky story of high school horrors. Mature readers will love St James's playful rendition of a conventional American tale. (review by Shelley Huntington, New York Public Library)


Angela McNair is a boy! Oh, to the rest of the world she's obviously a girl. But the Transgender high school junior knows that she's a boy. And so, bravely, Angela cuts her hair short, buys boys' clothing, and announces that his name is now Grady and that he is beginning his true new life as a boy. Of course, it's not as simple as that; Grady encounters an array of reactions ranging from outright hostility to loving support. To her credit, Wittlinger has managed to avoid the operatic (no blood is shed, no lives are threatened) but some readers may wonder if - in so doing - she has made things a bit too easy for Grady. His initially bewildered family rallies around him; he finds a champion in a female gym teacher; he loses but then regains a best friend while falling in love with a beautiful, mixed-race girl. Wittlinger, who is exploring new, potentially off-putting ground here (only Julie Anne Peters' Luna, 2004,has dealt with this subject before in such detail), manages to create a story sufficiently non-threatening to appeal to--and enlighten--a broad range of readers, including those at the lower end of the YA spectrum. She has also done a superb job of untangling the complexities of gender identity and showing the person behind labels like "gender dysphoria." Grady turns out to be a very normal boy who, like every teen, must deal with vexing issues of self-identity. To his credit, he does this with courage and grace, managing to discover not only the "him" in self but, also, the "my." -Michael Cart


General GLBTQetc. Books

  • Atkins, Dawn (Editor) (1998). Looking Queer: Body Image and Identity in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Communities. Harrington Park Press. ISBN 978-1560239314


  • Beemyn, Brett; Elianon, Mickey; and Eliason, Mickey (Editors) (1996). Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Anthology. New York University Press. ISBN 978-0814712580


  • Connor, Randy P. and others. Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Lore. Cassell Academic Press, 1997. ISBN 978-0304704231


  • Labonte, Richard and Schimel, Lawrence (editors). First Person Queer: Who We Are (So Far). Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1551522272


  • Larkin, Joan. Glad Day: Daily Meditations for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People. Hazelden Information Education, 1998. ISBN 978-1568381893


  • McClennen, Joan C. and Gunther, John (Editors). A Professional Guide to Understanding Gay & Lesbian Violence: Understanding Practice Interventions. ISBN 978-0773478923


  • Moran, Leslie J., Monk, Daniel, and Beresford, Sarah (Editors). Legal Queeries: Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Legal Studies. Cassell Academic Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0304338641


  • Munt, Sally R. and Smith, Cherry. Butch/Femme: Inside Lesbian Gender. Cassell Academic Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0304339594
The butch/femme dynamic is MUCH more complex and beautiful than anyone outside of that community gives it credit for, and it really isn't just a lesbian thing. Everyone should educate themselves about this.



  • Nestle, Joan (Editor). The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader. Alyson Publishers, 1992. ISBN 978-1555831905



  • Panati, Charles. Sexy Origins and Intimate Things: The Rites and Rituals of Straights, Gays, Bi's, Drags, Trans, Virgins, and Others. Penguin USA, 1998. ISBN 978-0140271447


  • Sycamore, Matt Bernstein. That's Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Soft Skull Press, 2004. ISBN 978-1932360561


Academic-Type Books

  • Allison, David B. Psychosis & Sexual Identity: Toward a Post Analytic View of the Schreber Case. State Univ of New York Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0887066177


  • Arndt, William B. Jr. Gender Disorders & the Paraphilias. International Universities Press, 1991. ISBN 978-0823621507


  • Bockting, W., & Coleman, E. (Eds.). Gender dysphoria: Interdisciplinary approaches in clinical management. Haworth Press, 1992. ISBN 978-1560244738
Appears concurrently in Journal & Psychology of Human Sexuality, 1993, 5(4). This text provides dated information on hormonal therapy, outcome, and other aspects of cross-gender identity.


  • Bullough, Vern L., Bullough, Bonnie, and Elias, James (Editors). Gender Blending: Transvestism (Cross-Dressing), Gender Hersey, Androgyny, Religion & the Cross-Dresser, Transgender Healthcare, Free Expression, Sex. Prometheus Books, 1997. ISBN 978-1573921244


  • Bullough, Vern L.; Bullough, Bonnie; and others (Editors). Personal Stories of 'How I got into Sex': Leading Researchers, Sex Therapists, Educators, Prostitutes, Sex Toy Designers, Sex Surrogates, Transsexuals, Criminologists, Clergy, and more ... (1997). ISBN 978-1573921152


  • Bullough, Vern L., & Bullough, Bonnie. Cross-dressing, sex, and gender. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993. ISBN 978-0812214314
This is a well-researched and footnoted work, the most complete on crossdressing since Hirschfeld's Die Transvestiten, written in 1910. In the first half, the authors take a historical approach, examining both crossdressing and notions of gender through the ages. In the second half, they look at nineteen- and twentieth- century crossdressing phenomena, including transsexualism (but the major focus is on crossdressing). Several chapters explore the personality of heterosexual crossdressers, and one chapter examines the research on female partners of crossdressers. A very thorough and insightful work. (References appear at the end of chapters.)


  • Carlisle, David Brez. Human Sex Change and Sex Reversal: Transvestism & Transsexualism. Edwin Mellen Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0773484962


  • Currah, Paisley, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Price Minter, eds. Transgender Rights. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006. ISBN 9780816643110
Fifteen essays examining topics like family law, employment policies, public health, economics, and grassroots organizing.


  • Denny, Dallas. Current Concepts in Transgender Identity. Garland Publishing, 1998. ISBN 978-0815317937


  • Denny, Dallas. Identity Management in Transsexualism: A Practical Guide to Managing Identity on Paper. Creative Design Services, 1994. ISBN 978-1880715079


  • Denny, Dallas. Deciding what to do about your gender dysphoria: Some considerations for those who are thinking about sex reassignment. AEGIS, 1990.
Available from American Educational Gender Information Service, Inc., PO BOX 33724, DECATUR GA 30033-0724.
Points out a variety of things that those who are considering sex reassignment should think about. (Refs.)


  • Denny, Dallas. Gender dysphoria: A guide to research. Garland Publishing, 1994. ISBN 978-0815308409
Very comprehensive annotated bibliography, which served as a sourcebook for the original version of this list.


  • Devor, Holly. FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society. Indiana University Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0253212597
Note that Devor's first name is now Aaron, but his books are published under Holly. One person says, "This book has 695 pages and reads more like a textbook than anything else. In my opinion, it's worth looking through, but not worth purchasing. Try to borrow a copy from a library or someone you know. Many therapists will have a copy."


  • Devor, Holly. Gender blending: Confronting the limits of duality. Indiana University Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0253205339
Gender Blending is a psychological and sociological treatise on women who are or who have at some time in the past been frequently mistaken for men. Although several of the women had flirted with the notion of sex reassignment, none were seriously interested in actually becoming men. Photographs, end notes, 10 pp. bibliography.


  • Dreger, Alice Domurat. Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex. Harvard Univeristy Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0674001893
  • Drescher, Jack & Leli, Ubalda. "Transgender Subjectivities: A Clinician's Guide (Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy Monographic Separates), 2004. ISBN-10: 0789025752


  • Ekins, Richard. Male Femaling: A Grounded Approach to Cross-dressing and Sex-Changing. Routledge, 1997. ISBN 978-0415106252


  • Ekins, Richard; King, Dave; and King, David (Editors). Blending Genders: Social Aspects of Cross-dressing and Sex Changing. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415115520


  • Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Myths of Gender: Biological Theories About Women and Men. Basic Books, 1992. ISBN 978-0465047925


  • Garber, Marjorie. Vested interests: Cross-dressing and cultural anxiety. Routledge, 1997. ISBN 978-0415919517
An examination of the cultural significance of crossdressing.


  • Hage, J. Joris. From peniplastica totalis to reassignment surgery of the external genitalia in female-to-male transsexuals. Vrieji Universiteit Press, 1992. ISBN 978-9053831151
Reviews the various stages of constructing male genitalia and gives outcome data for the author's work. Very comprehensive. Illustrations, photographs. 16-page bibliography. Remember, this was published in 1992 and thus is somewhat out of date in terms of procedure descriptions, etc.
This book is currently out of print, but you may be able to find a used copy.


  • Herdt, Gilbert (Editor). Third Sex, Third Gender: Beyond Sexual Dimorphism in Culture and History. Zone Books, 1996. ISBN 978-0942299823


  • Hirschfeld, Magnus. Transvestites (Michael A. Lombardi-Nash, translator). Prometheus Books, 1991. ISBN 978-0879756659
This remarkable book, written in 1910, was translated only in 1991. Had it been available in English earlier, it would no doubt have had a big impact on American thinking about transvestism and transsexualism. Hirschfeld gives a number of case histories of men and a few women who crossdress. Some appear to indeed be transvestites, but others seem more likely to have been transsexual. The author examines crossdressing from a variety of angles. The translator did an excellent job. Footnotes. Introduction by Vern Bullough.


  • Irvine, Janice M. Disorders of desire: Sex and gender in modern American sexology. Temple University Press, 1990. ISBN 978-0877228981
This history of sexology includes a chapter on gender, in which the involvement of sexologists in gender dysphoria is discussed. (Refs.)


  • Kessler, Suzanne J. & McKenna, Wendy. Gender: An ethnomethodological approach. John Wiley & Sons. Reprinted in 1985 by The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226432069


  • Kessler, Suzanne J. Lessons from the Intersexed. Rutgers University Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0813525303
The authors argue that gender is "not a reflection of biological reality, but rather a social construct that varies across cultures." (Quote by Stanford M. Lyman.) The authors rely heavily on transsexualism in developing their theory. A lengthy appendix includes correspondence from and discussion of "Rachel," a male-to-female transsexual person. (6 pp. refs.)


  • Prosser, Jay. Second Skins (A Gender and Culture Reader). New York: Columbia University Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0231109352


  • Queen, Carol and Schimel, Lawrence (Editors). Pomosexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality. Cleis Press, 1997. ISBN 978-1573440745


  • Ramet, Sabrina P. (Editor). Gender Reversals and Gender Cultures: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives. Routledge, 1997. ISBN 978-0415114837


  • Rothblatt, Martine. The Apartheid of Sex: A Manifesto On the Freedom of Gender. ISBN 978-0517599976
Rothblatt makes a case for the adoption of a new sexual model that accommodates every possible shade of gender identity. It reveals that traditional male and female roles are dictated neither by genetics, genitals, nor reproductive biology, but rather by social attitudes that originated in early patriarchal cultures, and that have been institutionalised in modern law.


  • Rottnek, Matthew (Editor). Sissies and Tomboys: Gender Nonconformity and Homosexual Childhood. New York University Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0814774847


  • Schlesier, Karl H. Wolves of Heaven: Cheyenne Shamanism, Ceremonies, and Prehistoric Origins. University of Oklahoma Press, 1993. ISBN 978-0806125770


  • Stryker, Susan (Editor). The Transgender Issue (Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Vol 4, No 2, 1998). Duke University Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0822364542


  • Stuart, Kim Elizabeth. The uninvited dilemma: A question of gender. Metamorphous Press, 1991. ISBN 978-1555520137
Sensitive and comprehensive discussion of transsexualism, written in a journalistic style. The book is largely based on a survey the author distributed (see Stuart, 1983b). I highly recommend this book for those (transgendered and otherwise) who are interested in learning about gender dysphoria.


  • Walters, William A.W., & Ross, Michael W. (Eds.). Transsexualism and sex reassignment. Oxford University Press, 1986. ISBN 978-0195544626
This edited book, which bears the same title as an earlier edited work by Green & Money (1969), discusses a variety of aspects of the treatment of transsexual persons in Australia. Major emphasis is on male-to-female persons. Very useful, with an especially good chapter on voice by Oates & Decakis. Photographs, glossary, appendices of services and hormonal preparations available in Australia. (18 pp. refs.)
This book is currently out of print, but you may be able to find a used copy.


  • Williams, Walter L. The spirit and the flesh: Sexual diversity in American Indian culture. Beacon Press, 1992. ISBN 978-0807046159
Williams, an anthropologist, looks at 'berdache' (derogatory term used by European explorers), Native Americans who filled a role some have likened to transsexualism. Williams does agree that Berdache have a feminine gender identity, but he believes homosexuality to be a closer, although still not accurate model. Berdache is an institutionalised social role, somewhere between men and women, as is (literally) seen in Plate 10. A significant portion of the book concerns the impact of European immigrants on berdache (they were often abused or murdered). There is also a chapter on masculine women (Williams calls them Amazons).
Williams notes that his identity as a gay man helped in his collection of information. Some would argue that this same identity causes him to categorise the same-sex sexual activity of the berdache as homosexuality; Tinechan Egan (personal communication) calls this gay imperialism. Descriptions of Berdache becoming upset if their genitalia were manipulated by their male lovers sound more like transsexualism than like homosexuality. Male-to-female transsexual people often view their passive homosexual behavior as heterosexual (as they are actually women); this may have been the case with many Berdache. Illustrations, photographs, index. (40 pp. notes, 17 pp. refs.)


  • Zoltano, Rosalie R. Sex and Transsexualism: Index of Modern Information. ABBE Publishers Association, 1989. ISBN 978-1559140492
Note: This book was published in 1989, and thus the word "modern" only somewhat applies. Much has changed since then, but much remains the same.

For Therapists and Helping Professionals

  • Brill, Stephanie and Pepper, Rachel. The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. Cleis Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1573443180
What do you do when your son insists on wearing a dress to school? Or when your toddler daughter's first sentence is that she's a boy? Offering an extensive understanding of gender-variant and transgender youth, The Transgender Child answers these questions and more. Covering developmental, legal, medical, and school issues, The Transgender Child is a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind guidebook for the unique challenges that thousands of families face raising children who step outside of the pink or blue box.


  • Ettner, Randi. Confessions of a Gender Defender: A Psychologist's Reflections on Life Among the Transgendered. ISBN 978-1886094512 (Currently out of print, but used copies may be available)


  • Ettner, Randi and Brown, George. Gender Loving Care: A Guide to Counselling Gender-Variant Clients. W.W. Norton & Company, 1999. ISBN 978-0393703047


  • Gorton, Buth, and Spad. Medical Therapy and Health Maintenance for Transgender Men: A Guide For Health Care Providers.e 2005. Available free in several formats at http://www.nickgorton.org/ .


  • Israel, Gianna E., and others. Transgender Care: Recommended Guidelines, Practical Information, and Personal Accounts. Temple University Press, 1998. ISBN 978-1566398527


  • Kirk, Sheila. Feminizing Hormonal Therapy for the Transgendered (5th edition). Together Lifeworks, 1999. ISBN 978-1887796040
Written for the Transgender consumer by a Transgender physician, this 36-page booklet contains a wealth of information on female hormones.


Written for the Transgender consumer by a Transgender physician, this book contains a wealth of information on male hormones.


  • Lev, Arlene Istar. Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families. Haworth Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0789021175
Lev, a family therapist in Albany, NY, takes a feminist family-systems perspective that approaches transgenderism as a normal and potentially healthy variation of human expression. Positing that transgendered people are not "mentally ill," but rather are trying to adapt and cope with an untenable culture, she describes a therapeutic empowerment model for clinical assessment and advocacy on behalf of gender-variant people. Re-examining the historic therapeutic focus, she writes, "forces the clinical community to re-evaluate some of its cherished philosophies of treatment, including the validity of the diagnosis of gender identity disorder, the surgical treatment of intersexed babies, and the mandated treatment of gender-variant children and adolescents." Copyright 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR - This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


  • Shackman, Joshua; Ptacek, Greg; & Ullis, Karin C. Super "T": The Complete Guide to Creating an Effective, Safe, and Natural Testosterone Supplement Program for Men and Women. Fireside, 1999. ISBN 978-0684863351


Family

  • Boenke, Mary (editor). Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About Transgendered Loved Ones, 3nd Edition. Oak Knoll Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0615123073
Highly recommended. Available at PFLAG's store for $10 US.


  • Brill, Stephanie and Pepper, Rachel. The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. Cleis Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1573443180
What do you do when your son insists on wearing a dress to school? Or when your toddler daughter's first sentence is that she's a boy? Offering an extensive understanding of gender-variant and transgender youth, The Transgender Child answers these questions and more. Covering developmental, legal, medical, and school issues, The Transgender Child is a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind guidebook for the unique challenges that thousands of families face raising children who step outside of the pink or blue box.


Cascio, J., Brown, Catherine, and Gordon, Beatrice. Dragonfly Stories. (Rainbow Legends) ISBN 978-0979973307

I love this book!
And that’s appropriate. This is a book about love – loving relationships. It is a compilation of stories celebrating love in the LGBTQ community. There are stories of mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, and gay, lesbian, and transgender couples, as told in their own words.
Sections include self-love, as well – probably better called self-acceptance and realization. But the high-lights to me are in the transgender stories, since they relate directly to my family. One of them expresses the challenge very well: “Eventually, I realized that I needed to decide whither I was in love with the gender or with the person.” This is a challenge faced by many LGBTQ families, and each must work it out for themselves.
Several stories deal with overcoming typical obstacles beyond the closet door. Fear of physical threat or violence. Bigotry, especially in the name of religion. Loss of employment, family, and friends. All lead toward a new awareness of self and new opportunities. All show that life can be satisfying and full of love.
Such stories seem to have more impact when they involve people you know. I have been privileged to meet the author’s of the book’s final story. It is a coming out tale of two lovely people, their growing affection for each other and their resulting relationship.
There is truly no end to the wonderful stories of happy, successful, relationships amongst the LGBTQ community, whether as full participants or loving, supportive allies. I look forward to reading more of them. (review by David Parker of PFLAG's T-NET)


  • Gillespie, Peggy and Martin, April (1999). Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and Their Families. University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 978-1558491618
Highly recommended.


  • Howey, Noelle (2003). Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods - My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine. Picador USA. ISBN 978-0312422202


  • Howey, Noelle; Samuels, Ellen; and Cammermeyer, Margarethe. Out of the Ordinary: Essays on Growing up with Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Parents. St Martin's Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0312244897


  • Just Evelyn. Mom, I Need to Be a Girl, 2nd Edition. BookSurge Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1419684388


  • Krieger, Irwin. Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents. Genderwise Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0692012291


  • Webb-Mitchell, Brett. On Being a Gay Parent: Making a Future Together. Seabury Books, 2007. ISBN 978-1596270619
On Being a Gay Parent: Making a Future Together was written specifically for Christian parents. This book is a hands-on, down-to-earth guide that answers the questions unique to the Christian gay parenting experience. On Being a Gay Parent is a mix of concrete information, illuminating anecdotes, and creative solutions. It was written by a minister who is also a gay father.

Work

  • Brown, Mildred L. & Rounsley, Chloe Ann. True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism - For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals. Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1996. ISBN 978-0787967024


  • Walworth, Janis. Transsexual Workers: An Employer's Guide. Centre for Gender Sanity, 1998. ISBN 978-0966548808


  • Walworth, Janis. Working with a Transsexual: A Guide for Co-Workers. Centre for Gender Sanity, 1998. ISBN 978-0966548815


School

  • Howard, Kim and Stevens, Annie (Editors). Out & About Campus: Personal Accounts by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender College Students. Alyson Publishers, 2000. ISBN 978-1555834807


  • Sanlo, Ronnie L. (Editor). Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender College Students. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998. ISBN 978-0313302275
Highly recommended.


Fiction

Woman or man? That's the question that rages like a storm around Jess Goldberg, clouding her life and her identity. This book tells of her coming to terms with the tempest of who she is. Growing up differently, coming out as butch in the bars and the feminist 1960s, taking hormones and passing as a man to get a job in the 1970s, she must ultimately deal with her Transgender status when her hormones wear off and she is brought full circle in her identity.


It's 1971 and David Nunley has it all. Twenty-six and single, he lives in San Francisco, holds down a regular job, moonlights as an underground newspaper photographer, finds that women are attracted to him, and loves to dress in their clothes. Underneath, things aren't quite so rosy. His father hates effeminate men, David worries about getting caught, and he's something of a masochist. This novel is available to read free, in full, online at www.crossdressingnovel.com and the hardcopy edition of the book is available there for the cost of mailing it.


This book is book two in the Syndicates trilogy, and the Transgender sub-plot continues, exploring the character in question and their thoughts further.


Book three of the Syndicates trilogy.


  • Kennedy, Ryan and Edwards, Hazel. F2M: The Boy Within. (Ford Street Publishing, 2010) ISBN 978-1876462901
What happens when who you are on the inside clashes with what you are on the outside?
All adolescents face the quest for identity, but gender change complicates ‘coming of age’.
School-leaver Skye plays guitar in her all-girl band, The Chronic Cramps. Making her name in the punk music scene is easier than FTM (female to male) transitioning: from Skye to Finn, from girl to man. At the school reunion, Finn faces victimisation, but challenges the bullies.
Uncovering genetic mysteries about family heritage tears the family apart. Gran’s loved sibling Al was also Alberta. Transgender identity is more than hormones and surgery, it’s about acceptance. Going public, Finn sings FTM lyrics on TV.
With a little help from bemused mates and parents who don’t want to lose a daughter, but who love their teenager, Finn is transitioning.


Book one of the Syndicates trilogy which whilst the main plot is not dealing with Trans issues, one of the main characters is Trans, and the sub-plot follows this character's struggles with coming to terms with their gender identity. This book was originally released by Jennifer Kirk prior to transition, and the ISBN is registered to her former name. New editions of this book explain the author's name as being one of her pen-names.


The summer Jake turned 12, his mother's lover returned, his beloved grandmother died and he saved the lives of his mother and grandfather. And he learned that there are parts of us that are inescapable. (Additional note: Jake dresses in his mother's clothing.)


'Yeah, I loved her. I couldn't help it. She was my brother.' Regan has always been there for her Transgender [MTF] brother, Liam, sacrificing her needs for his, but when he announces that he is ready to transition into Luna permanently, Regan is not sure she can handle the consequences. She has been his confidant all her life, letting Luna dress in her room, buying underwear for her when Liam couldn't, and giving support. However, when the attractive new guy in chemistry class shows an interest in Regan, she wishes her sibling would just go away and give her a chance to live her own life. Liam realises that in order for his sister to be free, he, too, must free himself to become the woman who lives inside him. Told from Regan's point of view in the present and in flashback, this novel breaks new ground in YA literature with a sensitive and poignant portrayal of a young man's determination to live his true identity and his family's struggle to accept Luna for who she really is. --School Library Journal


This is a great book to introduce children to the idea that people are different and that different isn't bad, it's just ... different. A great aid if you need to tell your children about Transgender people. Profusely illustrated. The story is about a little boy rabbit, Fluff, who likes to dance the way little girl rabbits dance. You get the idea.



Angela McNair is a boy! Oh, to the rest of the world she's obviously a girl. But the Transgender high school junior knows that she's a boy. And so, bravely, Angela cuts her hair short, buys boys' clothing, and announces that his name is now Grady and that he is beginning his true new life as a boy. Of course, it's not as simple as that; Grady encounters an array of reactions ranging from outright hostility to loving support. To her credit, Wittlinger has managed to avoid the operatic (no blood is shed, no lives are threatened) but some readers may wonder if - in so doing - she has made things a bit too easy for Grady. His initially bewildered family rallies around him; he finds a champion in a female gym teacher; he loses but then regains a best friend while falling in love with a beautiful, mixed-race girl. Wittlinger, who is exploring new, potentially off-putting ground here (only Julie Anne Peters' Luna, 2004,has dealt with this subject before in such detail), manages to create a story sufficiently non-threatening to appeal to--and enlighten--a broad range of readers, including those at the lower end of the YA spectrum. She has also done a superb job of untangling the complexities of gender identity and showing the person behind labels like "gender dysphoria." Grady turns out to be a very normal boy who, like every teen, must deal with vexing issues of self-identity. To his credit, he does this with courage and grace, managing to discover not only the "him" in self but, also, the "my." -Michael Cart


History

  • Meyerowitz, Joanne. How Sex Changed : A History of Transsexuality in the United States. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002. ISBN 9780674009257



Other

  • Beemyn, Genny and Rankin, Sue. The Lives of Transgender People. Columbia University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0231143073
This book examines the varied experiences of gender nonconforming individuals in the United States today. It considers the climate for Transgender people and offers a series of "touchstones", or significant life moments, in the gender identity development processes of the participants who identify as transsexual women, transsexual men, crossdressers, and genderqueer individuals. It can be ordered through the publisher's website.
If you use the promo code "LIVBE" on the publisher's site (rather than going to Amazon), you will receive a 30% discount on the book.


  • Bentley, Robert L. Dangerous Games: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer on Death Row Who Changed His Sex and Won Her Freedom. Birch Lane Press, 1993. ISBN 978-1559721806


  • Bergman, S. Bear and Bornstein, Kate. Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation . (Seal Press, 2010) ISBN 978-1580053082
In the 15 years since the release of Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Today's transgenders and other sex/gender radicals are writing a drastically new world into being. In Gender Outlaws, Bornstein, together with writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, collects and contextualizes the work of this generation's trans and genderqueer forward thinkers — new voices from the stage, on the streets, in the workplace, in the bedroom, and on the pages and websites of the world's most respected mainstream news sources. Gender Outlaws includes essays, commentary, comic art, and conversations from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people who live and believe in barrier-breaking lives.


  • Bolin, Anne. In search of Eve: Transsexual rites of passage. South Hadley, MA: Bergin & Garvey Publishers, Inc., 1988. ISBN 978-0897891158
Bolin's book was long overdue and has unfortunately been underappreciated by clinicians. Her doctoral thesis, which grew into this book, was a study of a group of male-to-female transsexual persons in the midwest, whom she observed in a non-clinical setting. Her findings clearly show the bias and shortsightedness of much of the clinical literature, and some serious problems with a treatment paradigm in which transsexual persons mould themselves to sexist notions or perceived sexist notions of clinicians in order to obtain treatment. (Refs).


  • Bornstein, Kate. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women & the Rest of Us. Vintage Books, 1994. ISBN 978-0679757016
The work of a woman who has been through some changes: a former heterosexual male, a one-time Scientologist and IBM salesperson, now a lesbian woman writer, actress, and performance artist. In this disarming account of her life and genders, Bornstein covers the mechanics of her surgery, as well as everything you've always wanted to know about gender.


  • Bornstein, Kate. Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws. Seven Stories Press, 2006. ISBN 978-1583227206


  • Bornstein, Kate. My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely. Routledge, 1997. ISBN 978-0415916738


  • Bornstein, Kate. My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity. (Routledge, 2013). ISBN 978-0415538657
Cultural theorists have written loads of smart but difficult-to-fathom texts on gender theory, but most fail to provide a hands-on, accessible guide for those trying to sort out their own sexual identities. In My Gender Workbook, transgender activist Kate Bornstein brings theory down to Earth and provides a practical approach to living with or without a gender.
Bornstein starts from the premise that there are not just two genders performed in today's world, but countless genders lumped under the two-gender framework. Using a unique, deceptively simple and always entertaining workbook format, complete with quizzes, exercises, and puzzles, Bornstein gently but firmly guides readers toward discovering their own unique gender identity.
Since its first publication in 1997, My Gender Workbook has been challenging, encouraging, questioning, and helping those trying to figure out how to become a "real man," a "real woman," or "something else entirely." In this exciting new edition of her classic text, Bornstein re-examines gender in light of issues like race, class, sexuality, and language. With new quizzes, new puzzles, new exercises, and plenty of Kate's playful and provocative style, My New Gender Workbook promises to help a new generation create their own unique place on the gender spectrum.
"This updated edition of Bornstein's formative My Gender Workbook (1997) provides an invigorating introduction to contemporary theory around gender, sexuality, and power. The original is a classic of modern transgender theory and literature and, alongside Bornstein's other work, has influenced an entire generation of trans writers and artists. This revised and expanded edition extends that legacy, offering an accessible foundation for examining gender in the reader's life and in the broader culture while arguing for the dismantling of all forms of oppression. For fans of the original, Bornstein's new material merits a fresh read ..." --Publishers Weekly, starred review



  • Califia, Patrick. Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism. Cleis Press, 2003. ISBN 978-1573441803
Highly recommended. Patrick Califia writes:
"What would it be like to grow up in a society where gender was truly consensual? If the rite of passage was to name your own gender at adolescence, or upon your transition into adulthood? What would it be like to walk down the street, go to work, or attend a party and take it for granted that the gender of the people you met would not be the first thing you ascertained about them? ... If these questions frighten, offend, or annoy you, you are one of the people who stand to benefit from Transactivism - although it probably doesn't feel like your benefactor. And if these questions amuse, engage, and challenge you, you're probably a Transactivist already. Welcome to the genderevolution."


  • Cromwell, Jason Transmen and FTMs: Identities, Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities. University of Illinois Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0252068256


  • Feinberg, Leslie. Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue. Beacon Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0807079515
A short collection of Feinberg's speeches. Truly inspiring to read, not dry or boring at all.


  • Feinberg, Leslie. Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman. Beacon Press, 1997. ISBN 978-0807079416


  • Fox, Katrina and O'Keefe, Tracie. Trans-X-U-All: The Naked Difference. Extraordinary People Press. ISBN 978-0952948209 (Currently out of print, but used copies may be available.)


  • Green, Jamison. Becoming A Visible Man. Vanderbilt University Press, 2004. ISBN 978-0826514578
In this artful and compelling inquiry into the politics of gender, leading transsexual activist Jamison Green combines candid autobiography with informed analysis to offer unique insight into the multiple challenges of the female-to-male transsexual experience, ranging from encounters with prejudice and strained relationships with family to the development of an FTM community and the realities of surgical sex reassignment.
Brimming with frank and often poignant recollections of Green's own experiences - including his childhood struggles with identity and his years as a lesbian parent prior to his sex-reassignment surgery - the book examines transsexualism as a human condition, and sex reassignment as one of the choices that some people feel compelled to make in order to manage their gender variance.



Also available free for download in English, Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Portuguese, or Spanish at http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TS/Evelyn/Evelyn.html .


  • Kay, Kerwin; Gould, Baruch; and Nagle, Jill. Male Lust: Pleasure, Power, and Transformation. Haworth Publishers, 2000. ISBN 978-1560239826


  • Langer, Jiri; Jolly, Stephen (Translator); and Langer, Mordechai Georgo. Nine Gates to the Chassidic Mysteries. Jason Aronson Press, 1993. ISBN 978-0874412413


  • Levi, Jennifer L. and Monnin-Browder, Elizabeth E. (Editors). Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy. AuthorHouse, 2012. ISBN 978-1468552140
“Some of the most heartbreaking stories I have heard in my career as an LGBT legal advocate involve transgender people in family courts,” said Levi, a nationally-recognised expert on transgender legal issues. “The rights of Transgender people – as parents, spouses, and simply as human beings – are often trammeled in family court because of pervasive bias and misunderstanding. Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy is a road map for transgender individuals and their attorneys to navigate the family court system in this evolving area of law.”
See http://www.glad.org/transgender-family-law/ for more information.


  • Lewins, Frank. Transsexualism in Society: A Sociology of Male to Female to Transsexuals. Palgrave MacMillan, 1995. ISBN 978-0732930448



  • More, Kate & Whittle, Stephen (Editors). Reclaiming Genders: Transsexual at the Fin De Siecle. Cassette College Audio, 2000. ISBN 978-0304337767


From the partner of a Trans person. Mainly poetry ... absolutely beautiful. Recommended.


  • Ramsey, Gerald, Ph.D. Transsexuals: Candid Answers to Private Questions. Crossing Press. ISBN 978-0895947901


  • Roberts, Joann (Ed.). Coping with crossdressing. Creative Design Services, 1992. ISBN 978-1880715123


  • Rudd, Peggy J. Crossdressers: And Those Who Share Their Lives. PM Publishers, 1995. ISBN 978-0962676239


  • Rudd, Peggy J. Crossdressing with dignity: The case for transcending gender lines. PM Publishers, 1999. ISBN 978-0962676260
Based on a survey of a large number of crossdressers, the author presents results in tabular form, as well as in discussion of the issues of human dignity. What is most clear and most impressive is that men, as they age, grow more comfortable with their crossdressing and less fearful of exposure.


The author explains her reaction and adjustment to her husband's crossdressing.


  • Rudd, Peggy J. Who's Really from Venus?: The Tale of Two Genders. PM Publishers, 1998. ISBN 978-0962676246


  • Serano, Julia. Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Seal Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1580051545
A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian Transgender activist and professional biologist. Serano shares her experiences and observations — both pre- and post-transition — to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward Trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.
Serano's well-honed arguments stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender. She exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire.
In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexualism, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and Transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity — in all of its wondrous forms.
From Publishers Weekly:
With her first full-length book, biologist, writer and musician Serano positions herself as a Betty Friedan of the transsexual community. Making a case that Trans discrimination is steeped in sexism and that Trans activism is a feminist movement, Serano delivers a series of articulate, compelling and provocative essays that unmask many of the misconceptions surrounding transsexualism, gender and feminism. Where most books on the topic focus either on first-person accounts or clinical observations, Serano approaches her topic from multiple angles. Tempering her own experience as a transsexual woman with psychological documentation, historical research and sociological data, she explores the debate on biology versus socialisation; the media's "lurid," "superficial" and "contrived" depictions of Trans women; the psychology of transitioning; "boygasms" versus "girlgasms"; non-acceptance and marginalisation of transsexual women by the feminist community; and the subtle shades of grey between masculinity and femininity. Though her writing is dense at times, Serano largely succeeds in breaking down complex issues and offering deep insights that will be valued by anyone interested in transsexualism or gender studies. (June) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Stringer, Joann Altman. The transsexual's survival guide: To transition and beyond. Creative Design Services, 1990. ISBN 978-1880715048
Contains information about the author's transition and general discussion of the obstacles and challenges in store for those contemplating male-to-female sex reassignment. See also Stringer (1992).


  • Stringer, Joann Altman. The transsexual's survival guide II: Information for friends and family. Creative Design Services, 1992. ISBN 978-9993315292


  • Sullivan, Louis. Information for the female-to-male cross-dresser and transsexual. Ingersoll Gender Centre, 1985. ASIN B000732WKQ
Covers all important topics, from a historical review of "passing" women to issues of masculine presentation and top and bottom surgeries. Photographs, illustrations. Note that it's quite dated at this point.


  • Swan, Wallace (Editor). Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Public Policy Issues: A Citizen's and Administrator's Guide to New Cultural Struggle. Haworth Publishers, 1998. ISBN 978-1560239161


  • Wilchins, Riki Anne. Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender. ISBN 978-1563410901


Radio/Podcasts

Queer Nation (Boston, MA)
Mondays 8-9 am and Thursdays 6-7 pm
http://www.893wumd.org/


Video/DVDs

JK's Transgender Film Guide is a fantastic resource for any and all transgender-themed films from pre-1960 clear to the present.

The ratings listed for these films are based in the United States. Most of them are linked to their pages on IMDB.com, where you can find their ratings in many countries, including (depending on the film) the UK, Australia, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden.

Two drag-queens (Anthony/Mitzi and Adam/Felicia) and a transsexual (Bernadette) contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. They head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla. En route, it is discovered that the woman they've contracted with is Anthony's wife. Their bus breaks down, and is repaired by Bob, who travels on with them.


  • The Crying Game (on DVD and VHS video, rated R) DVD ASIN 0784011184; video ASIN 078401003X
An unlikely kind of friendship develops between Fergus, an Irish Republican Army volunteer, and Jody, a kidnapped British soldier lured into an IRA trap by Jude, another IRA member. When the hostage-taking ends up going horribly wrong, Fergus escapes and heads to London, where he seeks out Jody's lover, a hairdresser named Dil. Fergus adopts the name "Jimmy" and gets a job as a day laborer. He also starts seeing Dil, who knows nothing about Fergus' IRA background. But there are some things about Dil that Fergus doesn't know, either...


Karl Foyle (Steven Mackintosh) and Paul Prentice (Rupert Graves) were best mates at school in the Seventies. But when they meet again in present-day London things are definitely not the same. Karl is now Kim, a transsexual, and she has no desire to stir up the past while she's busy forging a neat and orderly new life. Prentice, on the other hand, has charm but is a social disaster stuck in a dead-end job. His main talent is for getting them both into trouble. Amid the squabbles, they start to fall in love. One night, Kim invites Prentice to a romantic dinner at her flat. Prentice, finding the seduction unexpectedly effective, freaks out. He proceeds to make a public display of both of them and winds up in court. Humiliated and angry, Kim runs away. Only she can save Prentice now, but will true love triumph for a new made woman and an aging punk?


Seven-year-old Ludovic can't wait to grow up to be a woman. When his family discovers the little girl blossoming in him, they are forced to contend with their own discomfort and the lack of understanding from their new neighbours. Ludovic is sent to see a psychiatrist in the hopes of fixing whatever is wrong with him. This film beautifully addresses transgender and gender issues in general through the eyes of a child.



  • Transgender Revolution (VHS video, not rated) video ASIN 076701412X
Available from the Arts and Entertainment Network, aetv.com, 1888 423 1212.


  • You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men (VHS video, not rated)
Documentary, 75 minutes long. Very well done and extraordinarily sympathetic. The FTM experience in the first person.
This gallant and intimate program deepens gender and identity discourse and will touch you in places you least expect. Transsexuals are a minority within a minority, and yet their stories speak to anyone who has ever felt different from the perceived social norm. You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men profiles the experiences of a diverse range of female-to-male transsexuals, including an artist, two writers, a San Francisco police officer, and Loren Cameron, the creator of "Body Alchemy," a photographic document of the journey from woman to man. Through their explorations and the experiences of their partners, friends and family comes a profound story of self-discovery that challenges all of us to re-examine the foundations of our own identity. These men have embarked upon an enormous struggle to recover their dignity and an identity denied.

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