Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

Atria Books - In this “honest and timely appraisal of what it means to be true to yourself” Booklist, Surpassing Certainty offers an “exquisitely packaged gift of her experiences. That signals something greater” Bitch Magazine. This memoir “should be required reading for your 20s” Cosmopolitan. A few months before her twentieth birthday, Janet Mock is adjusting to her days as a first-generation college student at the University of Hawaii and her nights as a dancer at a strip club.

Under the neon lights of club nu, a yeoman stationed at Pearl Harbor naval base, Janet meets Troy, who becomes her first. A defining chronicle of strength and spirit” Kirkus Reviews, Surpassing Certainty is a portrait of a young woman searching for her purpose and place in the world—without a road map to guide her.

Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me - . Hers is a timely glimpse about the barriers many face—and a much-needed guide on how to make a way out of no way. Fueled by her dreams and an inimitable drive, a woman, Janet makes her way through New York City intent on building a career in the highly competitive world of magazine publishing—within the unique context of being trans, and a person of color.

Long before she became one of the world’s most respected media figures and lauded leaders for equality and justice, Janet learned how to advocate for herself before becoming an advocate for others. Finally content in her body after her teenage transition, sex and intimacy, and most important, she vacillates between flaunting and concealing herself as she navigates dating and disclosure, letting herself be truly seen.

The pleasures and perils of their relationship serve as a backdrop for Janet’s progression through all the universal growing pains—falling in and out of love, living away from home, and figuring out what she wants to do with her life.

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

Atria Books - Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real. New york times bestseller • winner of the 2015 women's way book prize • goodreads best of 2014 semi-finalist • books for a better life award finalist • lambda literary Award Finalist • Time Magazine “30 Most Influential People on the Internet” • American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, multiracial, and trans in America, poor, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population.

Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today's Revolution Seal Studies

Seal Press - A timely second edition of the classic text on transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, with a new introduction and updated material throughout Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, writings, and events.

Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following world war ii; trans radicalism and social change, which spanned from 1966 with the publication of The Transsexual Phenomenon, and lasted through the early 1970s; the mid-'70s to 1990-the era of identity politics and the changes witnessed in trans circles through these years; and the gender issues witnessed through the '90s and '00s.

Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today's Revolution Seal Studies - Transgender history includes informative sidebars highlighting quotes from major texts and speeches in transgender history and brief biographies of key players, plus excerpts from transgender memoirs and discussion of treatments of transgenderism in popular culture.

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity

Univ Of Minnesota Press - In black on Both Sides, C. Her celebrity, however, has obscured other mid-century trans narratives—ones lived by African Americans such as Lucy Hicks Anderson and James McHarris. Their erasure from trans history masks the profound ways race has figured prominently in the construction and representation of transgender subjects.

In tracing the twinned genealogies of blackness and transness, Snorton follows multiple trajectories, from the medical experiments conducted on enslaved black women by J. Reconstructing these theoretical and historical trajectories furthers our imaginative capacities to conceive more livable black and trans worlds.

Marion sims, the “father of American gynecology, ” to the negation of blackness that makes transnormativity possible. Revealing instances of personal sovereignty among blacks living in the antebellum north that were mapped in terms of “cross dressing” and canonical black literary works that express black men’s access to the “female within, ” Black on Both Sides concludes with a reading of the fate of Phillip DeVine, who was murdered alongside Brandon Teena in 1993, a fact omitted from the film Boys Don’t Cry out of narrative convenience.

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity - Riley snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence. Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials—early sexological texts, sensationalist journalism, Afro-modernist literature, fugitive slave narratives, Hollywood films—Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable.

The story of christine jorgensen, America’s first prominent transsexual, famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era.

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

Seal Press - In addition to debunking popular misconceptions about transsexuality, Serano makes the case that today's feminists and transgender activists must work to embrace and empower femininity—in all of its wondrous forms. In this provocative manifesto, and passive, she exposes how deep-rooted the cultural belief is that femininity is frivolous, weak, and how this “feminine” weakness exists only to attract and appease male desire.

In the updated second edition of whipping girl, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, Julia Serano, shares her powerful experiences and observations—both pre- and post-transition—to reveal the ways in which fear, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity - Serano's well-honed arguments and reputation as a thought-leader stem from her ability to bridge the gap between the often-disparate biological and social perspectives on gender.

Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story

G.P. Putnam's Sons - Following jacob through bullying and beauty contests, from Duke University to the United Nations to the podiums of the Methodist church--not to mention the parlors of the White House--this unforgettable memoir contains multitudes. If tobia aspires to the ranks of comic memoirists like David Sedaris and Mindy Kaling, Sissy succeeds.

The new york times book reviewa heart-wrenching, b a girl, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it's like to grow up not sure if you're a a boy, eye-opening, c something in between, or d all of the above. A beautiful book. Playing with bugs? Absolutely. Acting feminine labelled them "a sissy" and brought social isolation.

Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story - Princess dresses? You betcha. Getting muddy? Please. A deeply personal story of trauma and healing, and a hilarious guidebook for wearing tacky clip-on earrings in today's world, a powerful reflection on gender and self-acceptance, Sissy guarantees you'll never think about gender--both other people's and your own--the same way again.

Both honest and didactic. Out magazine"a rallying cry for anyone who's ever felt like they don't belong. Woman's dayas a young child in north Carolina, Jacob Tobia wasn't the wrong gender, they just had too much of the stuff.

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us

Vintage - And i’ve come to the conclusion that I’m probably not a woman, either. On one level,  gender outlaw details bornstein’s transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman, from a one-time IBM salesperson to a playwright and performance artist. I know i’m not a man. But this particular coming-of-age story is also a provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, from a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke who never stops questioning our cultural assumptions.

Gender outlaw was decades ahead of its time when it was first published in 1994. The trouble is, we’re living in a world that insists we be one or the other. With these words, fearless, Kate Bornstein ushers readers on a funny, and wonderfully scenic journey across the terrains of gender and identity.

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us - . Now, some twenty-odd years later, this book stands as both a classic and a still-revolutionary work—one that continues to push us gently but profoundly to the furthest borders of the gender frontier.

A Home at the End of the World: A Novel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux - A home at the end of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today. Then, alice, when clare and bobby have a baby, the three move to a small house upstate to raise "their" child together and, with an odd friend, create a new kind of family. Bobby and clare fall in love, who is gay, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, to father Clare's child.

From michael cunningham, dark, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, lonely, hip, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours, introspective, comes this widely praised novel of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, and inarticulate. In new york after college, clare, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, a veteran of the city's erotic wars.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community

Oxford University Press - In this unique way, hundreds of viewpoints from throughout the community have united to create this strong and pioneering book. Inspired by our bodies, trans bodies, the classic and powerful compendium written for and by women, Ourselves, Trans Selves is widely accessible to the transgender population, providing authoritative information in an inclusive and respectful way and representing the collective knowledge base of dozens of influential experts.

There are an estimated 700, 000 transgendered individuals in the US and 15 million worldwide. It is a welcoming place for transgender and gender-questioning people, their partners and families, professors, students, guidance counselors, and others to look for up-to-date information on transgender life.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community - Only recently have sex and gender been thought of as separate concepts, and we have learned that sex traditionally thought of as physical or biological is as variable as gender traditionally thought of as social. While trans people share many common experiences, there is immense diversity within trans communities.

Even still, there's been a notable lack of organized information for this sizable group. Trans bodies, trans selves is a revolutionary resource-a comprehensive, reader-friendly guide for transgender people, with each chapter written by transgender or genderqueer authors. There is no one way to be transgender.

Each chapter takes the reader through an important transgender issue, such as race, arts and culture, parenthood, religion, mental health topics, employment, sexuality, medical and surgical transition, relationships, and many more. Anonymous quotes and testimonials from transgender people who have been surveyed about their experiences are woven throughout, adding compelling, personal voices to every page.

Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home

Arsenal Pulp Press - Lambda literary award finalistin 1996, poet leah lakshmi piepzna-Samarasinha ran away from America with two backpacks and ended up in Canada, where she discovered queer anarchopunk love and revolution, yet remained haunted by the reasons she left home in the first place. This passionate and riveting memoir is a mixtape of dreams and nightmares, of immigration court lineups and queer South Asian dance nights; it reveals how a disabled queer woman of color and abuse survivor navigates the dirty river of the past and, as the subtitle suggests, "dreams her way home.

Leah lakshmi piepzna-samarasinha's poetry book Love Cake won a Lambda Literary Award.


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - Like the moon from whom liam has chosen his female name, Luna, his true self, only reveals herself at night. Now, everything is about to change: Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister's clothes and makeup.

A groundbreaking novel about a transgender teen, selected as a National Book Award Finalist! Regan's brother Liam can't stand the person he is during the day. But are liam's family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives?Compelling and provocative, this is an unforgettable novel about a transgender teen's struggle for self-identity and acceptance.