Affirming Gender Experiences

Updated December 30, 2022
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Helping your transgender teen : a guide for parents
Krieger, Irwin
Going through puberty and adolescence presents unwelcome changes for many transgender youth, and this book provides advice to parents of transgender teens to help them understand what their child is experiencing and feeling during this challenging time. Addressing common fears and...
Queerly beloved : a novel
Dumond, Susie
A people-pleasing baker tries to find her place as a bridesmaid-for-hire. Will she finally find her happily ever after-and her own voice? "A delightful debut, perfect for any person who's ever created their own place to belong."-Casey McQuiston, bestselling author of Red,...
The gender creative child : pathways for nurturing and supporting children who live outside gender boxes
Ehrensaft, Diane
From a leading US authority on a subject more timely than ever--an up-to-date, all-in-one resource on gender-nonconforming children and adolescents In her groundbreaking first book, Gender Born, Gender Made, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft coined the term gender...
A guide to gender : the social justice advocate's handbook
Killermann, Sam
Where do we start, when it comes to learning about something that's everywhere, infused into everything, and is often one of the primary lenses through which we see ourselves and others? When it comes to understanding gender, it's best to begin with deep breath, then with section one of this book...
Trans bodies, trans selves : a resource for the transgender community
Erickson-Schroth, Laura
There is no one way to be transgender. Transgender and gender non-conforming people have many different ways of understanding their gender identities. Only recently have sex and gender been thought of as separate concepts, and we have learned that sex (traditionally thought of as physical...
The transgender child : a handbook for parents and professionals supporting transgender and nonbinary children
Brill, Stephanie A.
15 years after its ground-breaking release, The Transgender Child is the most comprehensive, widely used resource for families seeking to better understand and support their nonbinary, gender expansive, or transgender child and teen. The first guidebook of its kind, it remains the most trusted...
Transgender children and youth : cultivating pride and joy with families in transition
Nealy, Elijah C.
These days, it is practically impossible not to hear about some aspect of transgender life. Whether it is the bathroom issue in North Carolina, trans people in the military, or on television, trans life has become front and center after years of marginalization.And kids are coming out as trans at...
Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Accepta
Aizumi, Marsha
When this book was first published in 2012, it was the first book of its kind-mother, educator, and LGBT activist Marsha Aizumi shares her compelling story of parenting a young woman who came out as a lesbian, then transitioned to male. Two Spirits, One Heart chronicles Marsha's personal journey...
Becoming a visible man /
Green, Jamison,
At least two generations of transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people have emerged since Becoming a Visible Man was first published in 2004, but the book remains a beloved resource for trans people and their allies. Since the first edition's...
Gender born, gender made : raising healthy gender-nonconforming children
Ehrensaft, Diane.
A groundbreaking guide to caring for children who live outside binary gender boxes We are only beginning to understand gender. Is it inborn or learned? Can it be chosen--or even changed? Does it have to be one or the other? These questions may seem abstract--but for parents whose...
Gender outlaw : on men, women, and the rest of us
Bornstein, Kate
"I know I'm not a man ... and I've come to the conclusion that I'm probably not a woman, either.... The trouble is, we're living in a world that insists we be one or the other." With these words, Kate Bornstein ushers readers on a funny, fearless, and wonderfully scenic journey across the...
My husband Betty : love, sex, and life with a crossdresser
Boyd, Helen.
Author Helen Boyd is a happily married woman whose husband enjoys sharing her wardrobe - and she has written the first book on transgendered men to focus on their relationships. Traditionally known as cross-dressers, transvestites, or drag queens, men like Helen's husband are a diverse lot who don't...
Raising my rainbow : adventures in raising a fabulous, gender creative son
Duron, Lori.
Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron's frank, heartfelt, andbrutally funnyaccount of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, Lori's younger son, C.J.,...
Raising My Rainbow Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
Duron, Lori.
Raising My Rainbow is Lori Duron's frank, heartfelt, and brutally funny account of her and her family's adventures of distress and happiness raising a gender-creative son. Whereas her older son, Chase, is a Lego-loving, sports-playing boy's boy, Lori's younger...
Redefining realness : my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more
Mock, Janet
In 2011, Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she publicly stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman. Since then, Mock has gone from covering the red carpet for to advocating for all those who live within the shadows of society. Redefining Realness...
Redefining Realness My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
Mock, Janet.
With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population...
She's not the man I married : my life with a transgender husband
Boyd, Helen.
Helen Boyd's husband, who had long been open about being a cross-dresser, was considering living as a woman full time. Suddenly, Boyd was confronted with the reality of what it would mean if her husband were actually to become a woman socially, legally, and medically. Would Boyd love and desire...
She's not there : a life in two genders
Boylan, Jennifer Finney
The bestselling, seminal work of trans literature: a story of love, sex, selfhood, and understanding from Jennifer Finney Boylan   When she changed genders, she changed the world.  It was the groundbreaking publication of She's Not There in 2003 that jump-started...
Stuck in the middle with you : a memoir of parenting in three genders
Boylan, Jennifer Finney
New York Times bestseller and acclaimed author Jennifer Finney Boylan returns with a remarkable memoir about gender and parenting, including incredible interviews discussing gender, how families are shaped, and the difficulties and wonders of being human.   A father...
Stuck in the Middle with You A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders
Boylan, Jennifer Finney.
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Finney Boylan returns with a remarkable memoir about gender and parenting that discusses how families are shaped and the difficulties and wonders of being human.   A father for six years, a mother for ten,...
Whitley, Cameron T.
Award-winner in the 'Gay and Lesbian: Non-Fiction' category of the 2013 International Book Awards, Trans-Kin is a collection of stories from significant others, family members, friends and allies of transgender persons (SOFFAs). Powerful, thought-provoking and enlightening, this collection will...
Transgender history : the roots of today's revolution
Stryker, Susan
A timely second edition of the classic text on transgender history, with a new introduction and updated material throughout Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to...
Transgender warriors : making history from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
Feinberg, Leslie
"The foundational text that gave me life-changing context, helping me to understand who I was and who came before me."--Tourmaline, activist and filmmaker Transgender Warriors is an essential read for trans people of all ages who want to learn about the towering figures...
Transitions of the heart : stories of love, struggle and acceptance by mothers of transgender and gender variant children
Pepper, Rachel.
The first collection to ever invite mothers of transgender and gender variant children of all ages to tell their own stories about their child's gender transition. Sharing stories of love, struggle and acceptance, this collection of mother's voices, representing a diversity of backgrounds and sexual...
Whipping girl : a transsexual woman on sexism and the scapegoating of femininity
Serano, Julia
This classic manifesto is "a foundational text for anyone hoping to understand transgender politics and culture in the U.S. today" (NPR) *Named as one of 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time by Ms. Magazine*   In Whipping...
Be who you are
Parr, Todd
In a brand-new companion to his beloved classic It's Okay to Be Different, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside. Be who you are! Be proud of where you're from. Be a different color. Speak your...
Be Who You Are
Parr, Todd.
I am Jazz
Herthel, Jessica.
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...
I Am Jazz
Herthel, Jessica.
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...
Jacob's new dress
Hoffman, Sarah.
Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by...
Who are you? : the kid's guide to gender identity
Pessin-Whedbee, Brook
What do you like? How do you feel? Who are you? This brightly illustrated children's book provides a straightforward introduction to gender for anyone aged 5-8. It presents clear and direct language for understanding and talking about how we experience gender: our bodies,...
Follow the life and adventures of Polkadot, a transgender child who seeks to make room for all gender identities in a binary world.
Morris Micklewhite and the tangerine dress
Baldacchino, Christine
Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom's dress-up center and its tangerine dress. Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest...
My princess boy
Kilodavis, Cheryl.
A nonfiction picture book about acceptance. With words and illustrations even the youngest of children can understand, My Princess Boy tells the tale of a four-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by dressing up in dresses, and enjoying traditional girl things such as jewelry and...
Pinky and Rex and the bully
Howe, James
Pinky's favorite color is pink, and his best friend, Rex, is a girl. Kevin, the third-grade bully, says that makes Pinky a sissy. Deep down, Pinky thinks Kevin is wrong, but he's still worried. Does Pinky have to give up his favorite things, and worse, does he have to give up his best friend?
Pinky and Rex and the bully
Howe, James
Pinky learns the importance of identity as he defends his favorite color, pink, and his friendship with a girl, Rex, from the neighborhood bully.
The sissy duckling
Fierstein, Harvey
Illustrated by Henry Cole Adapted from an award-winning HBO animated special written by 3-time Tony Award-winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Bullets over Broadway), this is a heart-warming tale about learning to embrace the special qualities we possess...
The sissy duckling
Fierstein, Harvey
From Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein, a funny and touching story of a duckling who embraces his identity. Elmer is not like the other boy ducklings. While they like to build forts, he loves to bake cakes. While they like to play baseball, he wants to put...
The story of Ferdinand
Leaf, Munro
A true classic with a timeless message!   All the other bulls run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights. Ferdinand, on the other hand, would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when Ferdinand is picked for the bullfights in Madrid?  
What makes a baby
Silverberg, Cory.
Finalist for the 2014 Lambda Award for LGBT Children's/Young Adult "What Makes a Baby is extraordinary! Cory is a Dr. Spock for the 21st century."-Susie Bright "A Truly Inclusive Way to Answer the Question 'Where Do Babies Come From?'-The new book What...
You be you! : the kid's guide to gender, sexuality, and family
Branfman, Jonathan
Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal Winner This is an illustrated children's book for ages 7-11 that makes gender identity, sexual orientation and family diversity easy to explain to children. Throughout the book kids learn that there are many kinds of...

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