June is Pride Month: Trans and Nonbinary Reads

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Updated June 1, 2023
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Becoming Eve : my journey from ultra-Orthodox rabbi to transgender woman
Stein, Abby
The powerful coming-of-age story of an ultra-Orthodox child who was born to become a rabbinic leader and instead became a woman Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of...
The best bad things
Carrasco, Katrina Marie
**Finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Lambda Award in Bisexual Fiction** "Sexy, fun, serious and unputdownable." --Bethanne Patrick, The Washington Post "Brazen, brawny, sexy . . . full of unforgettable characters and insatiable...
The black tides of Heaven
Yang, JY
"Joyously wild stuff. Highly recommended." --The New York Times One of the 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time, according to Time Magazine A Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards for Best Novella One of...
Fairest : a memoir
Talusan, Meredith
Finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction   "Talusan sails past the conventions of trans and immigrant memoirs." --The New York Times Book Review "A ball of light hurled into the dark undertow of migration and survival." --Ocean...
Funny boy
Selvadurai, Shyam
This haunting novel about a boy growing up within an extended upper-middle-class family in Sri Lanka employs gentle humor and an uncommon compassion and insight into human nature. Arjie's understanding of the world around him--and his own gay identity--is placed against the backdrop of growing...
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...
Grease bats
Bongiovanni, Archie
So, no one told you life was gonna be this gay! Grease Bats stars Andy, a trans genderqueer individual who is both tough and loving, and their BFF Scout, an all-feelings-all-the-time mistake-maker.  Andy and Scout are best buds, roommates, and gay disasters. Along...
Headcase : LGBTQ writers & artists on mental health and wellness
Schroeder, Stephanie
Headcase is a groundbreaking collection of personal reflections and artistic representations illustrating the intersection of mental wellness, illness, and LGBTQ identity, as well as the lasting impact of historical views equating queer and trans identity with mental illness. The pieces...
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...
The house of impossible beauties
Cassara, Joseph
NAMED A RECOMMENDED BOOK OF 2018 BY Buzzfeed * The Wall Street Journal * The Millions * Southern Living * Bustle * Esquire * Entertainment Weekly * Nylon * Mashable * Libary Journal * Thrillist "Cassaras's propulsive and profound first novel, finding one's home in the world-...
I'm afraid of men
Shraya, Vivek
Toxic masculinity takes many insidious forms, from misogyny and sexual harassment to homophobia, transphobia, and bullying. Vivek Shraya has first-hand experience with nearly all of them. As a transwomen she grew up experiencing aggression for displaying femininity, and is haunted by the violence of...
Man alive : a true story of violence, forgiveness and becoming a man
McBee, Thomas Page
Winner - Best Transgender Nonfiction - 2015 Lambda Literary Awards Best Books of 2014 - Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 - NPR Books Best Nonficton Books of 2014 - Kirkus Reviews 10 Best Transgender Non-Fiction Books - Advocate "Thomas Page McBee's Man...
Nonbinary : memoirs of gender and identity
Rajunov, Micah
What happens when your gender doesn't fit neatly into the categories of male or female? Even mundane interactions like filling out a form or using a public bathroom can be a struggle when these designations prove inadequate. In this groundbreaking book, thirty authors highlight how our experiences...
Our work is everywhere : an illustrated oral history of queer & trans resistance
Rose, Syan
Over the past ten years, we have witnessed the rise of queer and trans communities that have defied and challenged those who have historically opposed them. Through bold, symbolic imagery and surrealist, overlapping landscapes, queer illustrator and curator Syan Rose shines a light on the faces and...
Phoenix extravagant
Lee, Yoon Ha
Dragons. Art. Revolution. Gyen Jebi isn't a fighter, or a subversive. They just want to paint. One day they're jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government's...
Sissy : a coming-of-gender story
Tobia, Jacob
Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob Tobia invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a blueprint for a world free from gender-based trauma. Sissy takes you on a gender odyssey you won't soon forget. Writing with the...
Sorted : growing up, coming out, and finding my place : a transgender memoir
Bird, Jackson
An unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man. When Jackson Bird was twenty-five, he came out as transgender to his friends, family, and anyone in the world with an internet...
The soul of the stranger : reading God and Torah from a transgender perspective
Ladin, Joy
Reading some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Joy Ladin explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one...
Stone butch blues : a novel
Feinberg, Leslie
Powerful, provocative, and deeply moving account of a he- she coming to terms with the complexities of a transgenderecl existence.
Super late bloomer : my early days in transition : an up and out collection
Kaye, Julia
A highly personal collection documenting the early months of artist Julia Kaye's gender transition.   Instead of a traditional written diary, Julia Kaye has always turned to art as a means of self-reflection. So when she began her gender transition in 2016, she decided...
Surpassing certainty : what my twenties taught me
Mock, Janet
Riveting, rousing, and utterly real, Surpassing Certainty is a portrait of a young woman searching for her purpose and place in the world--without a road map to guide her. The journey begins a few months before her twentieth birthday. Janet Mock is adjusting to her days as a...
The thirty names of night : a novel
Joukhadar, Zeyn
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction Winner of the ALA Stonewall Book Award--Barbara Gittings Literature Award Named Best Book of the Year by Bustle Named Most Anticipated Book of the Year by The Millions, Electric...
To my trans sisters
Craggs, Charlie
Lambda Literary Award Finalist - LGBTQ Anthology 2019 Over the Rainbow Recommended Book List Dedicated to trans women everywhere, this inspirational collection of letters written by successful trans women shares the lessons they learnt on their journeys to...
Gender queer : a memoir
Kobabe, Maia
In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns,thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographicalcomic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortablewith strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here. Maia's...
Tomboy survival guide
Coyote, Ivan E.
Stonewall Book Award Honor Book winner Ivan Coyote is a celebrated storyteller and the author of ten previous books, including Gender Failure (with Rae Spoon) and One in Every Crowd, a collection for LGBT youth. Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving...
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 or...
This is how it always is
Frankel, Laurie
New York Times Bestseller The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick "Every once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected." --Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)
Transforming : the Bible and the lives of transgender Christians
Hartke, Austen
In 2014, Timemagazine announced that America had reached the transgender tipping point, suggesting that transgender issues would become the next civil rights frontier. Years later, many peopleeven many LGBTQ alliesstill lack understanding of gender identity and the transgender experience. Into...
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...
An unkindness of ghosts
Solomon, Rivers
One of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the past decade, selected by NPR One of the 50 Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time, selected by Esquire One of the 100 Most Influential Queer Books of All Time, selected by Booklist A Best...

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