List of transgender publications

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This list of transgender publications includes books, magazines, and academic journals about transgender people, culture, and thought.


Some publishers of transgender-related books include Trans-Genre Press,[1] Topside Press[2] and Transgress Press.[3]


Work Year Author Notes References
ACT For Gender Identity: The Comprehensive Guide 2020 Alex Stitt ISBN 978-1785927997
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us 1994 Kate Bornstein ISBN 0-679-75701-5
Mom, I Need to be a Girl 1998 Just Evelyn Memoir from the point of view of the mother. ISBN 0-9663272-0-9
X Marks The Spot: An Anthology Of Nonbinary Experiences 2019 Theo Hendrie (editor) Essays and poetry from nonbinary people for nonbinary people. ISBN 1-0809680-3-2 [4]
Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law 2011 Dean Spade Nominated for a 2011 Lambda Literary Award. ISBN 0-89608-796-4 [5]
Raising Ryland 2015 Hillary Whittington ISBN 978-0-06-23888-96 [6]
Redefining Realness 2014 Janet Mock Memoir [7][8][9]
Third Sex and Human Rights 1999 Rajesh Talwar ISBN 81-212-0642-1
Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue 1999 Leslie Feinberg ISBN 0-8070-7951-0
Transgender History 2008 Susan Stryker ISBN 978-1-58005-224-5 [10][11][12][13][14][15]
Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come 1992 Leslie Feinberg ISBN 0-89567-105-0
Transgender Rights 2006 Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Minter (editors) ISBN 0-8166-4311-3
Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman 1996 Leslie Feinberg ISBN 0-8070-7941-3
The Truth about Me: A Hijra Life Story 2009 Transgender A. Revathi ISBN 978-81-8475-271-7 First book on Hijra by a Hijra[16]
When Kayla Was Kyle 2013 Amy Fabrikant ISBN 978-1-61286-154-8 [17]
Lou Sullivan: Daring to be a Man Among Men 2017 Brice Smith ISBN 978-0-99825-211-7 [18]
Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman 2019 Abby Stein ISBN 978-1-58005-916-9 First book by Hasidic trans person [19]

Fiction and poetry[edit]

Work Year Author Genre Description and ISBN References
10,000 Dresses 2008 Marcus Ewert Young adult/Children's Picture book about a young transgender girl named Bailey whose family does not agree with her desire to wear dresses.
An Anglo-American Alliance 1906 Gregory Casparian Science fiction novel
The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy 2012 S. Bear Bergman and Suzy Malik Young adult/Children's Title character Tulip receives a birthday wish from a child known as David who wishes to live as Daniela, and learns how to help and respect a gender-independent young person. 2013 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. (ISBN 978-0-9879763-0-7) [20][21]
Almost Perfect 2009 Brian Katcher Young adult/Children's Story of an adolescent transgender girl named Sage Hendrix who moves to a new high school in Missouri. 2011 Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association. [22]
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children 2012 Kirstin Cronn-Mills Young adult/Children's Despite bullying from his classmates and a lack of acknowledgement from his family, music geek Gabe (born Elizabeth) is transitioning, and just wants to make it through his nearing graduation. Stonewall Book Award winner and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. [23]
Being Emily 2012 Rachel Gold Young adult/Children's Emily (born Christopher) begins to come out as transgender during her junior year of high school. [24]
Breakfast on Pluto 1998 Patrick McCabe Fiction Patrick "Pussy" Braden is an Irish trans woman who escapes from the fictional Irish town of Tyreelin and a drunk foster mother, to find herself and the biological mother who gave her away. Booker prize shortlist. [25][26]
The Butterfly and the Flame 2005 Dana De Young Fiction [27]
Blond(e) Boy, Red Lipstick 2018 Geoff Bunn Fiction A Cis-male revisits a love affair he had in the 1980s with a transfeminine boy. [28]
Choir Boy 2005 Charlie Jane Anders Fiction a coming of age story of twelve-year-old Berry, a boy who seeks out antiandrogens in order to suppress his testosterone and prevent voice change from affecting his ability to sing in the choir. The novel won the Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender/GenderQueer category. [29]
The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard 2012 Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod (editors) Fiction ISBN 0-9832422-0-8 [22][30]
Freakboy 2013 Kristin Elizabeth Clark Young adult/Children's ISBN 0-374-32472-7 [31]
The Gender Fairy 2015 Jo Hirst Children's picture book ISBN 9780994457004
Holding Still for as Long as Possible 2009 Zoe Whittall Fiction Josh is a trans man with a girlfriend, Amy. [32]
I Am J 2011 Cris Beam Fiction ISBN 0-316-05361-9 [33]
I Am Jazz 2014 Jazz Jennings & Jessica Herthel Young adult/Children's ISBN 0-8037-4107-3
Just Girls 2014 Rachel Gold Young adult/Children's ISBN 1-59493-419-3 [34]
Kafka on the Shore 2002 Haruki Murakami General Features a gay, transgender man named Oshima who is friends with the main character. [35]
Luna 2004 Julie Anne Peters Young adult/Children's Story of Luna O'Neill (born Liam), a young male-to-female transsexual. Lambda Literary Award finalist in the Children's/Young Adult category. [36][37][38][29]
Maxine Wore Black 2014 Nora Olsen Fiction [39]
Mezcalero 2015 2017 T.E. Wilson Fiction First novel in the Detective Sánchez series, featuring the Mexican-Canadian transgender protagonist Ernesto Sánchez [40]
My Princess Boy 2009 Cheryl Kilodavis and Suzanne DeSimone Young adult/Children's Picture book about the author's son Dyson, whose self-expression does not conform to stereotypical gender role as Dyson prefers clothing meant for girls.
Myra Breckinridge 1968 Gore Vidal Fiction Myra is a beautiful young woman with a secret agenda — and a secret past as a man named Myron. [41]
Nevada 2013 Imogen Binnie Fiction ISBN 0-9832422-9-1
Orlando: A Biography 1928 Virginia Woolf Fiction Story of an individual named Orlando, born as a biological male in England during the reign of Elizabeth I. Orlando lives for more than 300 years and, at around 30 years of age, mysteriously changes biological sex to female.
Parrotfish 2011 Ellen Wittlinger Young adult/Children's Coming out story of a transgender teenage boy named Grady; the title refers to the fact that parrotfish can change their gender. [42]
Roving Pack 2012 Sassafrass Lowrey Young adult/Children's Story of a group of independent youths in the Portland, Oregon area trying to find their way. [43]
Run, Clarissa, Run 2012 Rachel Eliason Fiction [44]
A Safe Girl to Love 2014 Casey Plett Fiction [45]
Stone Butch Blues 1993 Leslie Feinberg Fiction Butch Jess Goldberg grows up in the pre-Stonewall era. Won the Lambda Literary Award and the 1994 American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Award [46][47][48][49]
The Ice Princess 2011 Emmy Morgan Fiction Black trans woman struggles through her past to become a Daytime soap star. This is the first book in a trilogy. [50]
Trans-Sister Radio 2000 Chris Bohjalian Fiction [51]
Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics 2013 T.C. Tolbert & Trace Peterson (editors) Poetry ISBN 1-937658-10-4
Wild Dogs of Mexico 2018 T.E. Wilson Fiction Second novel in the Detective Sánchez series, featuring the Mexican-Canadian transgender protagonist Ernesto Sánchez
Extended list
  • Bill's New Frock (1989) by Anne Fine is a children's book for younger readers. Bill wakes up one morning to find he is a girl. Forced off to school in a frilly pink dress, Bill finds that he does not like being treated as a girl.
  • The Butterfly and the Flame (2011) by Dana De Young is dystopian novel set in the year 2404 A.D. in a time where technology and society have relapsed and a corrupt and repressive theocracy known as the Dominion of Divinity rules most of what was once the United States. The main protagonist is a male to female transgender teenager by the name of Emily La Rouche who has been living in stealth since the age of six, but is unwittingly forced into an arranged marriage to the son of her landlord when she turns sixteen years old. Much of the story is a backdrop for the American culture wars and incorporates issues such as separation of church and state, GLBT rights, unreasonable search and seizure, invasion of privacy, as well as enhanced interrogation techniques.
  • Bye-Bye, Black Sheep: A Mommy-track Mystery (ISBN 978-0-425-21018-5, Ayelet Waldman, 2006) is a mystery, part of a series featuring Juliet Appelbaum, a stay-at-home mom and former public defender. In this installment, Appelbaum is approached by Heavenly, a transsexual woman who asks her to investigate the murder of her sister, Violetta, a prostitute and drug addict.
  • Cereus Blooms at Night: A Novel (ISBN 978-0-380-73199-2, Shani Mootoo, 1999) is a multi-narrative novel set in a fictional island in the Caribbean. An ambiguously gendered, but often presumed male, nurse named Tyler tells the troubled family history of Mala Ramchandin, an elderly woman under her care at a nursing home. Ze also relates the story of the transgender man named Otoh, who becomes Tyler's boyfriend. Shani Mootoo's novel explores identity, gender and community.
  • Cock and Bull 1992 novel by Will Self in which a man and a woman develop sexual organs of the opposite sex.
  • The Danish Girl (2000) by American author David Ebershoff is a fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
  • Sacred Country by Rose Tremain published in 1992 is a prizewinning novel about Mary Ward, who at the age of six decides she should have been born a boy. The novel concerns her struggle in a small town in England.

Magazines and periodicals[edit]

Title Editor(s) Publisher First published Ceased publication Frequency ISSN Notes
Chrysalis: The journal of transgressive gender identities American Educational Gender Information Service 1995 ISSN 1086-4873
FTM Magazine Jason Robert Ballard 2014 - Quarterly ISSN 2377-7737 "The GQ for Trans Men"
Frock Magazine Katie Glover, Sally Bend The Gender Society 2009 2017 Bi-monthly Magazine containing "transgender-related articles, features and stories which will be of interest to transsexuals, crossdressers, drag queens and transvestites and intersexed people"[52]
Original Plumbing Amos Mac, Rocco Kayiatos[53] 2009[53] Quarterly ISSN 2153-6341 "Dedicated to the culture and lifestyle of transgender men"[53]
TG Life Brianna Austin Inicia Incorporated 2004[54] - "An online magazine, social network and resource center for, by, and about the transgender community."[54]
Brianna Austin Brianna Austin Inicia Incorporated 2000[55] - "An online resource for articles, essays, poetry and true stories by Brianna Nicole Austin."[55]
Transgender Tapestry Dallas Denny[56] International Foundation for Gender Education 1985 2006 Quarterly ISSN 0884-9749 Formerly known as Tapestry
Transsexual News Telegraph Gail Sondegaard 1991 2002 Quarterly ISSN 1091-1138
Reflections International: The TV & TS Magazine[57] TransEssex 1995 1999 ISSN 1357-2644
TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly Paisley Currah, Susan Stryker Duke University Press 2014 Quarterly ISSN 2328-9252, ISSN 2328-9260
Transformation Magazine Hanna Rodgers Transformation Publishing Inc. 1969 Quarterly OCLC 34616263 Magazine of interest to transgender, transsexual, crossdresser, intersex, gender fluid, gender non-conformist readers
Narcissus: Tv/ts Magazine[58] New TransEssex 1989 1992? semiannually OCLC 51182668
Transvestia Virginia Prince Chevalier Publications 1960 1986 Bimonthly OCLC 10363080
Transvestia: The Journal of the American Society for Equality in Dress Virginia Prince Virginia Prince 1952 1952 two issues
OCLC 952387167 first transgender publication in U.S. history[59]
#EnbyLife: Journal for non-binary & gender diverse creatives Rae White, Alison Evans[60] Rae White 2016 once in 2016, approximately weekly from 2019 "In a world where diverse and marginalised voices are so often not heard, considered or understood, #EnbyLife journal will showcase the creative works of non-binary and gender diverse creatives, and pay them for their work."[61]

Academic journals[edit]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


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  2. ^ "About Topside Press". Archived from the original on August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Transgress Press". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Hendrie, Theo (2019-07-28). X Marks The Spot: An Anthology Of Nonbinary Experiences. ISBN 978-1080968039.
  5. ^ Lee, Stephan (March 20, 2012). "24th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Hillary Whittington (23 February 2016). Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached. William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-06-238889-6.
  7. ^ "Review: Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More". Publishers Weekly. 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Redefining Realness Book Review". Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Best Sellers: February 23, 2014". The New York Times. February 23, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  10. ^ Tebbutt, Clare (April 2, 2012). "Transgender History - SUSAN STRYKER; Bodies in Doubt: an American history of intersex - ELIZABETH REIS". Women's History Review. 22 (3): 505–509. doi:10.1080/09612025.2011.643006.
  11. ^ Morgan, Gwenwald (April 7, 2009). "Transgender History". GLBT Reviews. American Library Association. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
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  18. ^ Smith, Brice (April 28, 2019). Lou Sullivan: Daring to be a Man Among Men. Transgress Press. ISBN 978-1-61286-154-8.
  19. ^ Stein, Abby (November 12, 2019). Becoming Eve. Seal Press/Hachette. ISBN 978-1-58005-916-9.
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  31. ^ "Authors Ellen Hopkins and Kristin Elizabeth Clark Chat About Freakboy". School Library Journal. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  32. ^ Gillette, Courtney (May 9, 2011). "Holding Still For As Long As Possible by Zoe Whittall". Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  33. ^ I Am J by Cris Beam. Kirkus Reviews. February 1, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  34. ^ "Just Girls by Rachel Gold -- Review by TheBookgeek". Lambda Literary Foundation. 2012-09-10. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
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