suggested transgender/gender books

transwomen narratives

Serano, Julia (2007). Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Emeryville: Seal Press.

Lester, CN (2018). Trans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us. Seal Press.

Bornstein, Kate (1994). Gender Outlaw: On men, women and the rest of us. New York: Routledge.

Mock, Janet (2014). Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. New York: Atria.

Ladin, Joy (2013). Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders. University of Wisconsin Press.

McCloskey, Deirdre (2000). Crossing: A Memoir. University of Chicago Press.

Rose, Donna (2006). Wrapped In Blue: A Journey of Discovery. Living Legacy Press.

transmen narratives

Green, Jamison (2004). Becoming a Visible Man. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.

Valerio, Max Wolf (2006). The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male. Emeryville: Seal Press.

Kellaway, Mitch (2014). Manning Up: Transsexual Men Finding Brotherhood, Family and Themselves. Transgress Press.

Walker, Alexander (2015). Finding Masculinity: Female to Male Transition in Adulthood. Riverdale Avenue Books.

Cromwell, Jason (1999). Transmen and FTMs: Identities, Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities. University of Illinois Press.


Kergil, Skylar (2017). Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult. Skyhorse.

Jennings, Jazz (2017). Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen. Ember; Reprint edition.

Kuklin, Susan (2015). Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. Candlewick; Reprint edition.

Andrews, Arin (2015). Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Nutt, Amy Ellis (2016). Becoming Nicole: The inspiring story of transgender actor-activist Nicole Maines and her extraordinary family. Random House Trade Paperbacks.

family, partners & friends

Boyd, Helen (2003). My Husband Betty: Love, Sex, and Life with a Crossdresser. Seal Press.

Boyd, Helen (2007). She's Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband. Seal Press.

Ehrensaft, Diane (2011). Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children. New York: The Experiment Publishing.

Brill, Stephanie and Pepper, Rachel (2008). The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals. San Francisco: Cleis Press.

Brill, Stephanie and Pepper, Rachel (2016). The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens. Cleis Press.

Beam, Chris (2007). Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc.

Brown, Mildred (2003). True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism--For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals. Jossey-Bass; 1st edition.

Barkin, Janna (2017). He's Always Been My Son: A Mother’s Story about Raising Her Transgender Son. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

gender transition related

Boedecker, Anne (2011). The Transgender Guidebook: Keys to a Successful Transition. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Seeley, Jennifer (2007). The Transgender Companion (Male To Female): The Complete Guide To Becoming The Woman You Want To Be. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Hoffman-Fox, Dara (2017). You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery. Skyhorse.

Kailey, Matt (2006). Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience. Beacon Press; Reprint edition.

transgender history & info

Stryker, Susan (2017). Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today’s Revolution. Berkeley: Seal Press.

Meyerowitz, Joanne (2002). How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Feinberg, Leslie (1996). Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul. Boston: Beacon Press.

Erickson - Schroth, Laura (2014). Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. Oxford University Press.

for health providers

Lev, Arlene Istar (2004). Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working With Gender-Variant People and their Families. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Clinical Practice Press.

Ettner, Randi, Monstrey, Stan, & Eyler, A. Evan (Eds.) (2007). Principles of Transgender Medicine and Surgery. New York: The Haworth Press. Second Edition (2016), Ettner, Monstrey, & Coleman, Eli (Eds.)