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Transgender Books

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The Drag King Anthology by Donna Troka, Kathleen Lebesco & Jean Noble
Dispels the myth that drag kings are simply women doing drag, presenting enlightening essays that address gender, sexuality, and feminism. Offers cultural and political insights on the international growth and development of drag king troupes and communities.

Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam
A history of female masculinity in Britain and the USA, considering court cases, literature, film, pop culture and drag king performances.

Genderqueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary by Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, and Clare Howell
Gender identity, an issue that has galvanised the queer community in recent years, goes beyond the nature of male/female to a yet-to-be-traversed region that lies somewhere between and beyond biologically determined gender. In this anthology, three experts in gender studies and politics navigate around rigid, societally imposed concepts of two genders to discover and illuminate the limitless possibilities of identity.

My Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein
Starting with the premise that there are not just two genders performed in today's world, but countless genders lumped under the two-gender framework, Kate Bornstein uses a unique, deceptively simple and always entertaining workbook format, to gently but firmly guide you to discover your own unique gender identity.

The Phallus Palace Edited by Dean Kotula
Personal testaments from FTMs and contributions from a host of others place the subject of transsexuals into a historical, medical, psychological and cultural context. Captivating photographs guide the reader from the FTMs female personae, through surgical operations, to portraits of the men whose self and public identities are finally revealed as one.

Sex Changes: Politics of Transgenderism by Patrick (Pat) Califia
An introductory overview of the history of transgender activism and writing.

Suits Me: Double Life of Billy Tipton by Diane Wood Middlebrook
Billy Tipton was a jazz performer who played in clubs throughout the Midwest of the US for nearly 50 years. Tipton never made the big time as a musician and ended up working as a booking agent in Spokane, Washington. Only with Tipton's death in 1989 was it revealed that the five-times-married father of three boys was biologically female. This biography describes the transformation of Dorothy Tipton, a white Oklahoman who was not allowed to play jazz because she was a girl, into Billy Tipton, a male pianist and bandleader.
NB: I, and several others, found this book to be quite insulting and irritating with its inaccurate information and general misunderstandings of Trans people so I'd advise either avoiding it or reading it with that in mind!

True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism - For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals by Mildred L. Brown, Chloe Ann Rounsley
This book shows the conflicts transsexuals face on a daily basis and the courage they must summon as they struggle to reveal their true being to themselves and others. It offers guidance for those who are struggling to understand these people and their situations, using real life stories, actual letters, and other examples. It also give other useful advice, including how to deal compassionately with these commonly misunderstood individuals by keeping an open heart, communicating fears, pain and support, and respecting choices.
NB: Transforming Families is a better book.

The White Book: A Really Interesting Manual for Inhabiting a Trans Man's Being Edited by Stephen Whittle
Also available on here
An amalgamation of information on transitioning from female to male.
NB: The information contained within this book is now quite out of date and as the majority of it can be found on the internet, I would not advise spending £15 on it.

Trans Biographies

A Self-Made Man by Paul Hewitt with Jane Warren
The sometimes painful, often funny, diary of Paul's transition from female to male.

Becoming A Visible Man by Jamison Green
Written by a leading activist in the transgender movement, this is an artful and compelling inquiry into the politics of gender. Jamison Green combines candid autobiography with informed analysis to offer a unique insight into the multiple challenges of the female-to-male transsexual experience, ranging from encounters with prejudice and strained relationships with family, to the realities of surgical sex reassignment.

Gina: The Woman Within by Gina Large
Gina's true story about discovering the woman within and her transition from male to female.


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Spanning across eight decades and one unusually awkward adolescence, this novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire.

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
Angela Katz-McNair isn't your typical teenage girl. She is, in fact, a boy. Sure, she may have the body parts that science uses to dictate her gender, but, in this case at least, science has gotten it all wrong.

Sex And Other Changes by David Nobbs
Meet the Divots. They seem a happily married couple, in their cosy suburban home in a cosy suburban town. Then, one day, everything begins to change. Nick drops his bombshell. He wants to become Nicola. Alison is extremely upset, naturally. But she has more reason than most to be upset, because she has a secret too. She wants to become Alan.
NB: A dreadful, dreadful book, so inaccurate and insulting that I considered writing to the author telling him so. Read at your own risk!

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
Jess, a working-class woman living as a man, survives a period of homelessness, tries to unionise fellow workers, worries about being found out, and searches for community while undergoing a secret transsexual operation.

Web Comics

Boy Meets Boy by K. Sandra Fuhr
Boy Meets Boy by K. Sandra Fuhr - Comic completed, no longer updating.

Transe-Generation by Matthew Nishii
Transe-Generation by Matthew Nishii.

Venus Envy by Erin Lindsey
Venus Envy by Erin Lindsey