This list of transgender publications includes books, magazines, and academic journals about transgender people, culture, and thought.
The lexical compound trans+gender was first used in 1965 by psychiatrist John F. Oliven of Columbia University in the second edition of his reference work Sexual Hygiene and Pathology. By the mid-1970s both trans-gender and trans people were in common use as umbrella terms. By 1984, the concept of a "transgender community" had developed. By 1992, the International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy defined transgender as an expansive umbrella term including "transsexuals, transgenderists, cross dressers" and anyone transitioning.
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. (ISBN978-0-9879763-0-7)
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.
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.
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.
Coming out story of a transgender teenage boy named Grady; the title refers to the fact that parrotfish can change their gender.
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.
Cereus Blooms at Night: A Novel (ISBN978-0-380-73199-2, 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.
Cherry Single (ISBN0-9600650-5-9, Valory Gravois, 1997) is a novel following 20-something David Nunley in 1970s San Francisco as he walks down several paths, searching for the reason for his avid crossdressing. He begins to share his secret with girlfriends, and gains the confidence to venture out to meet other crossdressers. On another track, he moves toward being a news photographer in an era of anti-war protests, finally meeting the woman who can offer him a lasting relationship.
Game Night: A Role-Play Novel (ISBN978-1-4661-0659-8, Leela Ginelle, 2011) is a postmodern novel that follows the coming out process of Taylor, a closeted transwoman, and her girlfriend Jenny, a furry who fantasizes about being a cat. The novel has three parts: Game Night, which centers on Taylor and Jenny's relationship, Denny: A Public Life, which looks at a new character Denny (who may be a combination of Taylor and Jenny), and Leela's Story: 5 Essays, a section composed of memoir-esque essays looking back on the life of Taylor, pre-transition. Game Night is available as an e-book.
Man Enough (Beth Burnett, 2012) is a romantic comedy about a single girl's search for love. While juggling a heartbroken roommate, a pot-smoking mom, and a lesbian best friend who might be falling in love with her, Davey Carter meets the man of her dreams. However, her new man may have some secrets of his own.
Refuse by Elliott DeLine is the story of a 22-year-old female-to-male-transsexual named Dean and his would-be love affair with his college roommate, another trans man with a girlfriend and a successful indie rock band. It is Dean's fictional memoir with many references to classic literature and the English alternative rock band The Smiths.
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.
The Waves That Lift Us (ISBN978-1-4700-3249-4, Ryan Martin, 2011) is a Young Adult Novella, following the character Riley during his stay at a beach camp for boys. He listens to a bonfire story about a creature who lives on the same beach where the camp is located. Riley spends the rest of beach camp discovering more clues about the hidden monster. While trying to find the truth behind the mysterious creature, he also hears rumors that one of his new friends is transgender.
Who I Am and What I Want by Emmy Morgan (2011) is a novel about a post-operative transwoman trying to lead a "normal" life in Western Massachusetts. Desiré Andersen has gotten her life back together, after a tumultuous childhood and a disastrous relationship with a pimp ex-boyfriend.
Mildred L. Brown and Chloe Ann Rounsley. True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism—For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals, Jossey-Bass. The hardcover edition (1996) is ISBN0-7879-0271-3, and the paperback edition (2003)is ISBN0-7879-6702-5.
^Oliven, John F. (1965). Sexual Hygiene and Pathology. p. 514. Where the compulsive urge reaches beyond female vestments, and becomes an urge for gender ("sex") change, transvestism becomes "transsexualism." The term is misleading; actually, "transgenderism" is what is meant, because sexuality is not a major factor in primary transvestism. Psychologically, the transsexual often differs from the simple cross-dresser; he is conscious at all times of a strong desire to be a woman, and the urge can be truly consuming.
^("Sunday Highlights". TV Guide. April 26, 1970. Retrieved 28 May 2012. [R]aquel Welch (left), moviedom's sex queen soon to be seen as the heroine/hero of Gore Vidal's transgendered Myra Breckinridge ...)
^"First International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy (1992)". organizational pamphlet. ICTLEP/. 1992. Retrieved 28 May 2012. Transgendered persons include transsexuals, transgenderists, and other crossdressers of both sexes, transitioning in either direction (male to female or female to male), of any sexual orientation, and of all races, creeds, religions, ages, and degrees of physical impediment.