Trans Stories / Trans Voices

By Kat La Mantia | March 2 2023 | Pop CultureBlogAdultsChildren'sGeneralAll

The International Trans Day of Visibility, coming up on March 31, is a time to honor the accomplishments of trans and gender non-conforming people as well as to raise awareness about continuing struggles for equality. To be visible is to be seen, to be heard, and to be able to represent your own experience authentically and proudly. To be visible is to claim space for yourself, your community, and those who aren’t yet able to be visible themselves. Visibility is self-love. Visibility is radical. Visibility is only the first part of any story.

Celebrate trans joy and power at any age! This year, we highlight the voices of trans and gender non-confirming people in fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and more. Read about athletes, senators, activists, entertainers, and everyday people finding their way and finding community as they live life true to themselves.

Door by Door
How Sarah McBride Became America's First Openly Transgender Senator
978-0-593-48465-4
A nonfiction picture book about Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride, who dreamed of making a difference as a kid and grew up to become the highest-ranking openly transgender political official in America.
$18.99 US
May 09, 2023
9 x 11-1/2
Hardcover
40 Pages
Crown Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years

The T Guide
Our Trans Experiences and a Celebration of Gender Expression—Man, Woman, Nonbinary, and Beyond
978-0-7440-7059-0
Real talk about transgender experiences from Gigi Gorgeous and Gottmik
$24.99 US
May 16, 2023
6-11/16 x 8-9/16
Hardcover
208 Pages
DK

Miss Major Speaks
Conversations with a Black Trans Revolutionary
978-1-83976-334-2
A legendary transgender elder and activist reflects on a lifetime of struggle and the future of black, queer, and trans liberation
$19.95 US
May 16, 2023
5 x 7-4/5
Paperback
176 Pages
Verso

Horse Barbie
A Memoir
978-0-593-44588-4
The dazzling, heartfelt memoir of a trans pageant queen from the Philippines who went back into the closet to model in New York City—until she realized that living her truth was the only way to step into her full power.
$28.00 US
May 30, 2023
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
320 Pages
The Dial Press

Rebel Girls Celebrate Pride: 25 Tales of Self-Love and Community
978-1-953424-28-0
TRUE STORIES OF PRIDE AND POWER!
$8.99 US
May 23, 2023
6-1/4 x 10-1/16
Paperback
64 Pages
Rebel Girls
Age 8-12 years

This Is Our Rainbow
16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us
978-0-593-30397-9
The first LGBTQIA+ anthology for middle-graders featuring stories for every letter of the acronym, including realistic, fantasy, and sci-fi stories by authors like Justina Ireland, Marieke Nijkamp, Alex Gino, and more!
$8.99 US
Apr 11, 2023
5-3/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
336 Pages
Yearling
Age 8-12 years

Obie Is Man Enough
978-0-593-37949-3
A coming-of-age story about Obie, a competitive swimmer and transgender tween who didn't think being himself would cause such a splash.
$8.99 US
Mar 28, 2023
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
352 Pages
Yearling
Age 10 and up

Rethinking Gender
An Illustrated Exploration
978-0-262-04723-4
A lively, informative, and engaging guide to gender by an author-illustrator who helps readers understand the multiplicity of answers to “What even is gender?”
$24.95 US
Nov 01, 2022
7 x 10
Paperback
232 Pages
The MIT Press

The Transgender Issue
Trans Justice Is Justice for All
978-1-83976-839-2
An incisive case for trans justice from a powerful new voice
$24.95 US
Sep 13, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
320 Pages
Verso

Summer Fun
978-1-64129-373-0
From acclaimed author Jeanne Thornton, an epic, singular look at fandom, creativity, longing, and trans identity
$17.00 US
Jun 07, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
432 Pages
Soho Press

Kapaemahu
978-0-593-53006-1
An Indigenous legend about how four extraordinary individuals of dual male and female spirit, or mahu, brought healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii, based on the Academy Award–contending short film.
$17.99 US
Jun 07, 2022
9 x 9
Hardcover
40 Pages
Kokila
Age 4-8 years

Hell Followed with Us
978-1-68263-324-3
A furious, queer debut novel about embracing the monster within and unleashing its power against your oppressors. Perfect for fans of Gideon the Ninth and Annihilation.
$18.99 US
Jun 07, 2022
5-1/4 x 8
Hardcover
416 Pages
Peachtree Teen
Age 14 and up

Man o' War
978-0-593-35370-7
An achingly honest and frequently hilarious coming-of-age novel about an Arab American trans swimmer fighting to keep their head above water in a landlocked Midwestern town.
$18.99 US
May 31, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Hardcover
336 Pages
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Age 14 and up

Her Majesty's Royal Coven
A Novel
978-0-14-313714-6
A Discovery of Witches meets The Craft in the first installmant of this epic fantasy trilogy about a group of childhood friends who are also witches.
$17.00 US
May 31, 2022
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
448 Pages
Penguin Books

Kisses For Jet
A Coming-of-Gender Story
978-1-913123-03-1
A striking and emotive graphic novel from debut trans creator, Joris Bas Backer about coming to terms with his gender before the age of the internet. For fans of Gender Queer and The Black Flamingo.
$19.99 US
May 03, 2022
6-7/10 x 8-9/10
Paperback
208 Pages
Nobrow
Age 14 and up

Burn the Page
A True Story of Torching Doubts, Blazing Trails, and Igniting Change
978-0-593-29655-4
An inspirational memoir-meets-manifesto by Danica Roem, the nation's first openly trans person elected to US state legislature
$27.00 US
Apr 26, 2022
6 x 9
Hardcover
320 Pages
Viking

Secret Passages
978-1-60309-499-3
Welcome to an autobiography from another dimension. A wildly inventive cartoonist begins her imaginary memoir -- exploring the girlhood she never had.
$19.99 US
Mar 22, 2022
7 x 10
Paperback
184 Pages
Top Shelf Productions

Pink, Blue, and You!
Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes
978-0-593-17863-8
Simple, accessible, and direct, this picture book is perfect for kids and parents or teachers to read together, opening the door to conversations about gender stereotypes and everyone's right to be their true selves. 
$18.99 US
Mar 08, 2022
8 x 10
Hardcover
40 Pages
Anne Schwartz Books
Age 4-8 years

Detransition, Baby
A Novel
978-0-593-13338-5
A whipsmart debut about three women--transgender and cisgender--whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires around gender, motherhood, and sex.
$18.00 US
Oct 05, 2021
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
368 Pages
One World

Beyond the Gender Binary
978-0-593-09465-5
Winner of the 2021 In The Margins Award  "When reading this book, all I feel is kindness."-- Sam Smith, Grammy and Oscar award-winning singer and songwriter "Thank God we have Alok. And I'm learning a thing or two myself."--Billy Porter, Emmy award-winning actor, singer, and Broadway theater performer"Beyond the Gender Binary will give readers everywhere the feeling that anything is possible within themselves"--Princess Nokia, musician and co-founder of the Smart Girl Club"A fierce, penetrating, and empowering call for change."-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review"An affirming, thoughtful read for all ages." -- School Library Journal, starred reviewIn Beyond the Gender Binary, poet, artist, and LGBTQIA+ rights advocate Alok Vaid-Menon deconstructs, demystifies, and reimagines the gender binary.
$8.99 US
Jun 02, 2020
4-3/8 x 6-1/4
Paperback
64 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 12 and up

He Said, She Said
Lessons, Stories, and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey
978-0-525-57342-5
With 8 million followers across platforms, Gigi Gorgeous is the YouTube generation's transgender icon, and this is her totally candid, never-before-told story of how she got real with herself and the world.
$18.99 US
Apr 02, 2019
7 x 10
Paperback
224 Pages
Harmony

Tomorrow Will Be Different
Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality
978-1-5247-6148-6
Now in paperback, a "vital and powerful new memoir" (San Francisco Chronicle) about gender identity set against the backdrop of the transgender equality movement, written by the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign
$17.00 US
Mar 05, 2019
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
304 Pages
Crown

Confessions of the Fox
A Novel
978-0-399-59228-7
A love story set in the eighteenth-century London of notorious thieves and queer subcultures, this genre-bending debut tells a profound story of gender, desire, and liberation.
$17.00 US
Mar 05, 2019
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
352 Pages
One World

Being Jazz
My Life as a (Transgender) Teen
978-0-399-55467-4
Get ready for season 3 of the popular TLC show I Am Jazz! Teen advocate and trailblazer Jazz Jennings--named one of "The 25 Most Influential Teens" of the year by Time--shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths."[Jazz's] touching book serves as a rallying cry for understanding and acceptance."--Bustle
$12.99 US
Jun 27, 2017
5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Paperback
272 Pages
Ember
Age 12 and up

On Christopher Street
Transgender Stories
978-0-8478-5831-6
Following the success of Mark Seliger's In My Stairwell and Listen, this beautiful photography book celebrates the transgender community in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village. The photographs reveal a visual discourse about sexuality and the constant ebb and flow of the transgender world.
$55.00 US
Oct 11, 2016
10 x 10-7/8
Hardcover
160 Pages
Rizzoli

Becoming Nicole
The inspiring story of transgender actor-activist Nicole Maines and her extraordinary family
978-0-8129-9543-5
The bestselling story about gender identity, transgender rights, science, parenting, the American family, and helping someone at odds with society. By a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
$19.00 US
Jun 07, 2016
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
320 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Beyond Magenta
Transgender and Nonbinary Teens Speak Out
978-0-7636-7368-0
A 2015 Stonewall Honor BookA groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.
$15.99 US
Mar 10, 2015
7-1/2 x 9
Paperback
192 Pages
Candlewick
Age 14 and up

Unbound
Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity
978-1-101-97249-6
A deep sociological portrait of a new generation of transgender men and of how they see themselves and the world, the dangers they continue to face, and the important ways in which they shape our culture.
$16.95 US
May 14, 2019
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
352 Pages
Vintage

Gender Outlaw
On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us
978-1-101-97324-0
Kate Bornstein's memoir-cum-manifesto Gender Outlaw--a perennially strong backlist title since 1995--is now available in a revised edition with a new preface by the author and an updated package.
$18.00 US
Nov 15, 2016
5-3/16 x 8
Paperback
320 Pages
Vintage

Trans
A Memoir
978-1-78478-167-5
A deeply personal narrative that explores the physical, psychological and cultural impact of transitioning from male to female by award-winning journalist Juliet Jacques.
$19.95 US
Nov 15, 2016
Paperback
320 Pages
Verso

I Am Jazz
978-0-8037-4107-2
The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere"This is an essential tool for parents and teachers to share with children whether those kids identify as trans or not. I wish I had had a book like this when I was a kid struggling with gender identity questions. I found it deeply moving in its simplicity and honesty."—Laverne Cox (who plays Sophia in “Orange Is the New Black”)From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl's brain in a boy's body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn't feel like herself in boys' clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz's story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.
$18.99 US
Sep 04, 2014
10-1/2 x 9
Hardcover
32 Pages
Dial Books
Age 4-8 years

"You're in the Wrong Bathroom!"
And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People
978-0-8070-3389-0
Debunks the 21 most commons myths and misperceptions about transgender issues
$16.00 US
May 30, 2017
5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Paperback
192 Pages
Beacon Press

Transgender Warriors
Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
978-0-8070-7941-6
“The foundational text that gave me life-changing context, helping me to understand who I was and who came before me.”—Tourmaline, activist and filmmakerTransgender Warriors is an essential read for trans people of all ages who want to learn about the towering figures who have come before them—and for everyone who is part of the fight for trans liberationThis groundbreaking book—far ahead of its time when first published in 1996 and still galvanizing today—interweaves history, memoir, and gender studies to show that transgender people, far from being a modern phenomenon, have always existed and have exerted their influence throughout history. Leslie Feinberg—hirself a lifelong transgender revolutionary—reveals the origin of the check-one-box-only gender system and shows how zie found empowerment in the lives of transgender warriors around the world, from the Two Spirits of the Americas to the many genders of India, from the trans shamans of East Asia to the gender-bending Queen Nzinga of Angola, from Joan of Arc to Marsha P. Johnson and beyond.This book was published with two different covers. Customers will be shipped the book with one of the available covers.
$25.95 US
Jun 30, 1997
6-1/2 x 10-1/2
Paperback
240 Pages
Beacon Press