Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20th to honor victims of transphobic violence. The memorial day originated in 1999, after the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Boston's Allston neighborhood. This year, the Human Rights Campaign has tracked at least 37 violent deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the United States.
This booklist is a starting place for listening to and advocating for the transgender community. If you would like to suggest additional resources to add to this list, you may do so via our suggestion form.
Beyond the Gender Binary
New York : Penguin Workshop, 2020.
My New Gender Workbook: a Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity
New York : Routledge, 2013
A book for you to work through your own sense of gender, while learning about the elements that make up gender as told by a feminine-of-center nonbinary icon.
Is Gender Fluid? A Primer for the 21st Century
London ; New York, New York : Thames & Hudson
An exploration of the common ideas, philosophies, and definitions about gender across a variety of angles and disciplines.
Trans* Ally Workbook: Getting Pronouns Right and What It Teaches Us About Gender
United States : Think Again Training and Consultation, 2014
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
New York: Atria Books, 2014.
A memoir about a Black trans woman growing up in Hawaii. A powerfully moving introduction to trans experiences.
I'm Afraid of Men
Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2018.
A short memoir of one trans woman's experiences, and the light it sheds on masculinity and misogyny.
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us
2nd Vintage Books ed. New York: Vintage Books, 2016.
In the revised edition of one of the first non-binary memoirs, Bornstein's updated memoir playfully connects contemporary discourse to her original groundbreaking exploration.
Note: Tisch Library has the 1994 edition and the SMFA librar has the 1995 edition. The 2016 edition has updated information throughout.
North Carolina : Daylight, 2018.
This work of photojournalism understands that no one trans woman's story represents all trans women. A collection of photographs and interviews with women, Female combats the sensationalization too often associated with trans women.
Future Gender : Aperture. 229, winter 2017
New York, N. Y. : Aperture Foundation.
The winter 2017 edition of Aperture, edited by trans artist Zachary Drucker, is full of articles, interviews, and images exploring gender, gender non-conformance, and visual art.
The Trans List
New Paltz, New York : Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art 2018
Gender Diversity: Crosscultural Variations
2nd Waveland Press ed. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press. 2014.
Written by an anthropologist, this book explores how gender and sex are socially constructed, examining genders in nine cultures across the globe: Native American, Brazil, Polynesia, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Euro-American. Gender-diversity exists across the globe. Some of the language is a little outdated – the book makes a good pairing with Gender Outlaw, wherein Kate Bornstein explains that "transexual" used to mean binary trans people and "transgenderist" used to mean nonbinary/gender expansive trans people.
Note: Tisch Library has the 2000 edition. The 2014 edition has updated information throughout.
Transgender Warriors: Making History From Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.
A personal journey through Euro-American transgender history from a prominent trans activist/journalist. A great way to learn about the important figures and events in trans histories.
Transgender history : the roots of today's revolution
New York, NY : Seal Press, 2017.
Note: Tisch Library has the 2008 edition. The 2017 edition has updated information throughout.
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2017
Femme in Public.
New York, NY: 8-Ball Community, 2017
One of the most influential contemporary nonbinary thinkers and performers, Alok's chapbook Femme in Public presents some of their writing on the intersections of being femme, trans, and brown-skinned and the hypervisibility that comes along with it.
Brooklyn, NY: TAR Chapbook Series, Atlas Review
torrin a. greathouse is a trans feminine and disabled poet.
I’m Alive. It Hurts. I Love It.
Brunswick, Maine : Boost House, 2014
Lord of the Butterflies
Minneapolis: Button Poetry, 2018.
Andrea Gibson is the poetry equivalent of a rock star - touring sold out shows where they perform their poetry, taking their audience through emotional high and lows, love poems and memorials. Gibson's poetry is also available in recorded audio formats; Hey Galaxy (2018) is their latest audio release.
Stone Butch Blues
Los Angeles : Alyson Books 2003
A hugely influential novel about a masculine-of-center charcter weaving between identities and experiences as both a lesbian and trans masculine.
Toronto : Second Story Press, 2020.
Ciel navigates high school in this book for a preteens and teens. Noteably important for a young audience, LaBelle's writing about trans characters doesn't focus on "transition" or hardships - life as a trans teen is full of joy, too. LaBelle also has a number of comic books about the same characters, starting with Nail Polish and The Assignment.
Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
Berkeley, Calif. : Seal Press, 2018
Serano is also the author of Whipping Girl: a Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, which is available at both Tisch Library and the Hirsch Health Sciences Library (HQ 77.9 S47 2016).
Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex
Edinburgh : AK Press, 2016.
Paris is Burning
Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment, 2005.
A seminal documentary about 1980s ball culture and Black and Latinx transgender communities in New York city
Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2017
A documentary about kiki and ball culture today.
Culver City, California : Strand Releasing 2015
A documentary about three nonbinary Puerto Ricans.
Call Her Ganda
Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures 2018
A documentary about the events after a Filipina trans woman's murder, and how three women, including a transgender journalist, start a anti-imperialist movement for justice.
A documentary about media (mis)representation of trans people featuring prominant trans thinkers in the entertainment industry.
The Trans List
Home Box Office, 2016.
A documentary telling the stories of eleven trans people in their own words.
Amazon Prime, 2016
A 23-minute short documentary following three Black trans men.
Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth
London, UK: Grain Media, 2019
Ma Vie En Rose
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 1999
A drama about a transgender Belgian girl who experiences resistance from her community as she tries to express herself.
Los Angeles, California : Magnolia Home Entertainment 2015
A dark comedy film about trandgender sex workers in Los Angelos.
Gun Hill Road
Burbank, CA : Virgil Films 2013
A drama about a Latinx father who has just been released from incarceration, coming home to a daughter in the process of transitioning in a bigoted environment.
A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story
Lifetime Movie Network, 2006.
Based on true events, this drama tells the story of a Latinx trans teenager, Gwen, who is murdered by aquiantences who find out she was assigned male at birth.