Transgender / Gender Variant Overview

These are general books that cover Transgender, Transsexualism, and Gender Queer.  If you are curious to know more about Gender Variant identities this is the place to start.  Click the title for more info and to purchase the book. 

Becoming a Visible Man

by Jamison Green (2004)

This semi-autobiographical book is an accesible balance of anecdotal and academic/ sociopolitical content. Green takes the reader on an enjoyable stroll through his contemporary American FTM journey while weaving in valuable and practical information about moving through the world as a transsexual while examinig the complex intersectionality of social privilege.

The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism, and Transgender Rights

by Deborah Rudacille (2005)

Coming at the controversial subject of transsexualism from several angles–historical, sociological, psychological, medical–Rudacille discovered that gender variance is anything but new, that changing one’s gender has been met with both acceptance and hostility through the years, and that gender identity, like sexual orientation, appears to be inborn, not learned, though in some people the sex of the body does not match the sex of the brain.

Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience

by Matt Kailey (2006)

Matt Kailey lived as a straight woman for the first forty-two years of his life. Though happy as a social worker and teacher, he knew something wasn't right. Then he made some changes. With the help of a good therapist, chest surgery, and some strong doses of testosterone, Kailey began his journey toward becoming a man.

She's Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband

by Helen Boyd (2007)

Helen Boyd's husband is considering becoming a woman, a choice that would alter both of their lives forever. But in what ways? She's Not the Man I Married is Boyd's intimate and thoughtful exploration of the impact her husband's gender change threatens to have on their relationship and of her own feelings about being married to a transgender partner.

The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America's Public Schools

by Stuart Biegel (2010)

Despite significant advances for gay and transgender persons in the United States, the public school environment remains daunting, even frightening, as evidenced by numerous high-profile incidents of discrimination, bullying, violence, and suicide. Yet efforts to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and educators, or to enhance curricula to better reflect the experience of differing sexual orientations and gender identities, are bitterly opposed in the courtroom, at the ballot box, and especially in the schools themselves.

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation

by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman (2010)

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.

Understanding Transgender Diversity: A Sensible Explanation of Sexual and Gender Identities

by Claire Ruth (2010)

Understanding Transgender Diversity presents a fresh and remarkably clear look at the highly individual nature of human sexuality: why a vast spectrum of self-identities-including those we call "transgender"-will always exist. Part I offers a new model of human sexuality that's both logical and intuitive, enhanced by many creative diagrams and the author's personal experience. Part II provides a well-organized overview of the myriad forms of transgender expression, while Part III sheds thought-provoking light on the many kinds of relationships we can have with transgender people and how best to cope with and benefit from these. Though relatively short, this book is rich in content, written in an engaging and often witty style that draws you in from the beginning and keeps you reading with fascination to the end.

The Lives of Transgender People

by Brett Genny Beemyn (2011)

Responding to a critical need for greater perspectives on transgender life in the United States, Genny Beemyn and Susan (Sue) Rankin apply their extensive expertise to a groundbreaking survey—one of the largest ever conducted in the U.S.—on gender development and identity-making among transsexual women, transsexual men, crossdressers, and genderqueer individuals. With nearly 3,500 participants, the survey is remarkably diverse, and with more than 400 follow-up interviews, the data offers limitless opportunities for research and interpretation.

Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender- Nonconforming Children

by Diane Ehrensaft, PhD (2011)

Gender Born, Gender Made is a comprehensive guidebook for the parents and therapists of children who do not identify with or behave according to their biological gender. Drawing on the case histories of several children, each "gender creative" in his or her own way, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft offers concrete strategies for understanding and supporting children who experience confusion about their gender identities. She also discusses the latest therapeutic advancements available to gender-variant children. Traditionally, psychologists have sought to "cure" gender variance by pressuring children to conform to typical gender behavior. From her perspective as both clinician and parent of a gender creative child, Dr. Ehrensaft advocates a new approach, encouraging caregivers to support gender-variant children as they explore their gender identities. Rather than offering a "cure" for gender variance, Gender Born, Gender Made facilitates improved understanding and communication about gender identity.

GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens

by Kelly Huegel, (Foreword by Steven Cozza) (2011)

Are you queer or questioning? If you are, this book is for you. Do you know someone who might be queer or questioning? If so, this book is for you, too. Or are you someone who just wants to learn more about what it's like to be queer or questioning? This book is a great place to begin. Discovering that you, or someone you love, might be GLBTQ is a revelation. Accepting it is a process. One thing that can help that process is information. This book can't answer all of your questions or counter all of the misinformation, misconceptions, myths, half-truths, and outright lies you might have heard about being GLBTQ, but it's a start.

Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents

by Irwin Krieger (2011)

If you are the parent of a transgender teen, this book will help you understand what your child is feeling and experiencing. Irwin Krieger is a clinical social worker with many years of experience helping transgender teens. This book brings you the insights gained from his work with these teenagers and their families. According to the author, “Today’s teens have access to a wealth of information on the internet. Teenagers who are wondering about gender identity soon find out what it means to be transgender or transsexual. Parents, on the other hand, know little about this topic. When a teenager declares he or she is transgender, parents fear that their child is confused and is choosing a life fraught with danger.

Trans-Kin: A guide for Family & Friends of Transgender People

by Dr. Eleanor A. Hubbard (Editor) , Cameron T. Whitley (Editor)(2012)

Trans-Kin is a collection of stories from significant others, family members, friends, and allies of transgender persons (SOFFAs). This 400+ page guide includes 50 personal stories plus a comprehensive glossary, and a list of frequently asked questions and resources including books, videos and organizations — all of which promote awareness, insight and understanding of the transgender community.


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