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.
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.
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, Topside Press and Transgress Press. Some notable transgender books are listed below.
|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|||
|Redefining Realness||2014||Mock, JanetJanet Mock||Memoir|||
|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|||
|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
|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)|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Butterfly and the Flame, The The Butterfly and the Flame||2005||De Young, Dana Dana De Young||Fiction|||
|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|||
|Freakboy||2013||Kristin Elizabeth Clark||Young adult/Children's||ISBN 0-374-32472-7|||
|Holding Still For As Long As Possible||2009||Whittall, ZoeZoe Whittall||Fiction||Josh is a trans man with a girlfriend, Amy.|||
|I Am J||2011||Beam, Cris Cris Beam||Fiction||ISBN 0-316-05361-9|||
|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|||
|Kafka on the Shore||2002||Murakami, HarukiHaruki Murakami||General||Features n gay, transgender man named Oshima who is friends with the main character.|||
|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.|||
|Maxine Wore Black||2014||Olsen, Nora Nora Olsen||Fiction|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Run, Clarissa, Run||2012||Eliason, Rachel Rachel Eliason||Fiction|||
|Safe Girl to Love, A A Safe Girl to Love||2014||Plett, Casey Casey Plett||Fiction|||
|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|||
|Trans-Sister Radio||2000||Bohjalian, ChrisChris Bohjalian||Fiction|||
|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.
- Bye-Bye, Black Sheep: A Mommy-track Mystery (ISBN 978-0-42-521018-5, 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 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.
- Choir Boy (ISBN 978-1-93-236081-3, Charlie Anders, 2005) is 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Inside Out: A Mystery (ISBN 978-0-31-228582-1, Elise Title, 2003) is a mystery, part of a series featuring Natalie Price, a corrections officer operating in Boston. In this installment, Price investigates the assault of a post-operative transsexual ex-convict, Dr. Lynn Ingram.
- 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"|
|Original Plumbing||Amos Mac, Rocco Kayiatos||2009||Quarterly||ISSN 2153-6341||"Dedicated to the culture and lifestyle of transgender men"|
|TG Life||Brianna Austin||Inicia Incorporated||2004||"An online magazine, social network and resource center for, by, and about the transgender community."|
|Transgender Tapestry||Dallas Denny||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|
- List of transgender-related topics
- List of transgender-rights organizations
- List of transgender and transsexual fictional characters
- List of transgender people
- Literature about intersex
References and further reading
- Lannie Rose, How To Change Your Sex: A Lighthearted Look at the Hardest Thing You'll Ever Do, second edition, Lulu.com, 2006.
- Lannie Rose, Lannie! My Journey from Man to Woman, SterlingHouse Publisher, Inc., 2007.
- Peggy J. Rudd, Crossdressing With Dignity : The Case For Transcending Gender Lines, PM Publishers, Inc., 1999. ISBN 0-9626762-6-8.
- Charles Anders, The Lazy Crossdresser, Greenery Press, 2002. ISBN 1-890159-37-9.
- Lacey Leigh, Out & About: The Emancipated Crossdresser, Double Star Press, 2002. ISBN 0-9716680-0-0.
- Caroline Cossey, My Story, Faber and Faber, reprint edition 1992. ISBN 0-571-12909-9.
- 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 ISBN 0-7879-0271-3, and the paperback edition (2003)is ISBN 0-7879-6702-5.
- Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. "GLAAD Media Reference Guide - Transgender glossary of terms", "GLAAD", USA, May 2010. Retrieved on 2011-02-24.
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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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[R]aquel Welch (left), moviedom’s sex queen soon to be seen as the heroine/hero of Gore Vidal's transgendered Myra Breckinridge…)
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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.
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