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Transgender publications

Transgender publications have increased in prevalence in relation to the increased cultural visibility of those who self-identify as transgender, or individuals whose gender identity or gender expression does not match their assigned sex.[1]

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.[2][3] By the mid-1970s both trans-gender and trans people were in common use as umbrella terms.[4] By 1984, the concept of a "transgender community" had developed.[5] 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.[6]


There are a growing number of books published pertaining to gender identity, transgender people, trans issues, cross-dressing and transsexualism. In the early twenty-first century, several publishers specializing in literature by and about transgender people have emerged, such as Trans-Genre Press,[7] Topside Press[8] and Transgress Press.[9] Some notable transgender books are listed below.


Work Year Author Notes References
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us 1994 Bornstein, KateKate 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 0-966-32720-9
Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law 2011 Spade, DeanDean Spade Nominated for a 2011 Lambda Literary Award. ISBN 0-896-08796-4 [10]
Redefining Realness 2014 Mock, JanetJanet Mock Memoir [11][12][13]
Third Sex and Human Rights 1999 Talwar, RajeshRajesh Talwar ISBN 8-121-20642-1
Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue 1999 Feinberg, LeslieLeslie Feinberg ISBN 0-8070-7951-0
Transgender History 2008 Stryker, SusanSusan Stryker [14][15][16][17][18][19]
Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come 1992 Feinberg, LeslieLeslie Feinberg ISBN 0-89567-105-0
Transgender Rights 2006 Currah, Paisley Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Minter (editors) ISBN 0-816-64311-3
Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman 1996 Feinberg, LeslieLeslie Feinberg ISBN 0-8070-7941-3

Fiction and poetry

Work Year Author Category Notes References
10,000 Dresses 2008 Ewert, MarcusMarcus 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.
Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy 2012 Bergman, S. Bear 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 978-0987976307) [20][21]
Almost Perfect 2009 Katcher, Brian 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 Cronn-Mills, KirstinKirstin 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 Gold, RachelRachel 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 McCabe, Patrick 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]
Butterfly and the Flame, The The Butterfly and the Flame 2005 De Young, Dana Dana De Young Fiction [27]
Collection The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (anthology) 2012 Léger, Tom Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod (editors) Fiction ISBN 0-983-24220-8 [22][28]
Freakboy 2013 Kristin Elizabeth Clark Young adult/Children's ISBN 0-374-32472-7 [29]
Holding Still For As Long As Possible 2009 Whittall, ZoeZoe Whittall Fiction Josh is a trans man with a girlfriend, Amy. [30]
I Am J 2011 Beam, Cris Cris Beam Fiction ISBN 0-316-05361-9 [31]
I Am Jazz 2014 Jazz Jennings & Jessica Herthel Young adult/Children's ISBN 0-803-74107-3
Just Girls 2014 Gold, RachelRachel Gold Young adult/Children's ISBN 1-594-93419-3 [32]
Kafka on the Shore 2002 Murakami, HarukiHaruki Murakami General Features n gay, transgender man named Oshima who is friends with the main character. [33]
Luna 2004 Peters, Julie AnneJulie 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. [34][35][36][37]
Maxine Wore Black 2014 Olsen, Nora Nora Olsen Fiction [38]
My Princess Boy 2009 Kilodavis, Cheryl Cheryl Kilodavis and Suzanne DeSimone Young adult/Children's Picture book about the author's son son Dyson, whose self-expression does not conform to stereotypical gender role as Dyson prefers clothing meant for girls.
Myra Breckinridge 1968 Vidal, GoreGore Vidal Fiction Myra is a beautiful young woman with a secret agenda — and a secret past as a man named Myron. [39]
Nevada 2013 Bonnie, Imogen Imogen Binnie Fiction ISBN 0-983-24229-1
Orlando: A Biography 1928 Woolf, VirginiaVirginia 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 Wittlinger, Ellen 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. [40]
Roving Pack 2012 Lowrey, Sassafrass Sassafrass Lowrey Young adult/Children's Story of a group of independent youths in the Portland, Oregon area trying to find their way. [41]
Run, Clarissa, Run 2012 Eliason, Rachel Rachel Eliason Fiction [42]
Safe Girl to Love, A A Safe Girl to Love 2014 Plett, Casey Casey Plett Fiction [43]
Stone Butch Blues 1993 Feinberg, LeslieLeslie 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 [44][45][46][47]
Trans-Sister Radio 2000 Bohjalian, ChrisChris Bohjalian Fiction [48]
Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics 2013 Tolbert, T.C. T.C. Tolbert & Trace Peterson (editors) Poetry ISBN 1-937-65810-4
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 land lord 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 (ISBN 9780380731992, 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 (ISBN 0-9600650-5-9, 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 (ISBN 978-1466106598, 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 (ISBN 978-1470032494, 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 David Michael O'Quinn (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.

Magazines and periodicals

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
Frock Magazine Katie Glover, Sally Bend The Gender Society 2009 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"[49]
Original Plumbing Amos Mac, Rocco Kayiatos[50] 2009[50] Quarterly ISSN 2153-6341 "Dedicated to the culture and lifestyle of transgender men"[50]
TG Life Brianna Austin Inicia Incorporated 2004[51] "An online magazine, social network and resource center for, by, and about the transgender community."[51]
Transgender Tapestry Dallas Denny[52] International Foundation for Gender Education 1985 2006 Quarterly ISSN 0884-9749 Formerly known as Tapestry
Femme Mirror, The Tri-Ess Quarterly ISSN 1083-1177
Sweetheart's Connection, The Tri-Ess 1999 Quarterly
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 ISSN 3461-6263 Magazine of interest to transgender, transsexual, crossdresser, intersex, gender fluid, gender non-conformist readers

See also

References and further reading


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  3. ^ 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. 
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