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Books About  Trans Men and Transition

I have tried to collect a comprehensive list of both fiction and non-fiction books that are about trans men or have trans men in them. Despite a lot of research I’m sure I have missed some. If you know of a book that should be on the list please let me know. As a disclaimer I have not read all of these books and cannot speak to how well or poorly they represent trans men. 

Fiction 

A Boy Like Me by Jennie Wood

Albert Nobbs by George Moore

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Becoming Alec by Darwin S. Ward 

Busy by Elio Knox

Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper 

F2M: The Boy Within by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy 

Holding Still for as Long as Possible by Zoe Whittall 

I am J by Cris Beam 

I Know Very Well How I Got My Name by Elliot DeLine

If We Shadows by D.E Atwood

Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowry 

Morgan in the Mirror by C.C. Saint-Clair

Parrot Fish by Ellen Wittlinger 

Portside by Elyan Smith

Refuse by Elliot DeLine

Sacred Country by Rose Tremain 

Something Beautiful by Andrew Jericho 

Some of the Parts by T. Cooper

Stone Butch Blues: A Novel by Leslie Feinberg 

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Best Boy Every Made by Rachel Eliason

The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard edited by Tom Leger and Riley MacLeod 

Transparency by Ethan Stone and Sara York

Trumpet by Jackie Kay

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan 

Wandering Son by Takako Shimura 

Where No One Knows by Jo Ramsey 

Non-Fiction: General 

Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community by Noach Dzmura 

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin 

Blue Water Dreams by Dena Hankins 

Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits by Loren Cameron 

Female-to-Male Transgender People’s Experiences in Australia: A National Study by Tiffany Jones, Andrea del Pozo de Bolger, Tinashe Dune, Amy Lykins, and Gail Hawkes 

Finding Masculinity: Female to Male Transition in Adulthood edited by Alexander Walker and Emmett J.P. Lundberg

From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FtM and Beyond edited by Morty Diamond

FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society by Aaron Devor

How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart

In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives by J. Jack Halberstam 

Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality by Kristen Schilt

Letters to my Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect edited by Megan M. Rohrer

Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family, and Themselves edited by Zander Keig & Mitch Kellaway

Self-Made Men: Identity and Embodiment among Transsexual Men by Henry Rubin 

Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism by Patrick Califia-Rice 

Sons of the Movement: FtMs Risking Incoherence on a Post-Queer Cultural Landscape by Jean Bobby Noble

The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman 

The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen 

The Transgender Men’s Guide to Life: Coming Out and Socially Transitioning Towards Your True Gender by Leo Castana 

The Transgender Men’s Guide to Life: Decision-Making and Goal-Setting white Transitioning Towards Your True Gender by Leo Castana

The Transgender Men’s Guide to Life: Overcoming Doubt and Negative Thoughts to Begin Transitioning Towards Your True Gender by Leo Castana

Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity by Reid Vanderburgh 

Trans/Portraits: Voices by Transgender Communities edited by Jackson Wright Shultz 

Transmen and FTMs: Identities, Bodies, Genders and Sexualities by Jason Cromwell

Transitioning Female-to-Male in Australia by Craig Andrews

Non-Fiction: Memoirs & Autobiographies 

A Self Made Man: The Story of a Man Born in a Woman’s Body by Paul Hewitt

Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green

Being by Zach Ellis

Both Sides Now: One Man’s Journey Through Womanhood by Dhillon Khosla 

Bumbling into Body Hair: A Transsexual’s Memoir by Everett Maroon 

Dear Sir or Madam by Mark Nicholas Alban Rees 

Emergence: A Transsexual Autobiography by Mario Martino 

In from the Wilderness: Sherman by David E. Weekly 

Labor of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy by Thomas Beatie 

Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience by Matt Kailey

Nina Here nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender by Nick Krieger 

Paralian: Not Just Transgender by Liam Klenk 

Real Man Adventures by T. Cooper 

Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life by Ryan Sallans

Some Assembly Requires: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews 

Teeny Weenies and Other Short Subjects by Matt Kailey 

The Making of a Man: Notes on Transsexuality by Maxim Februari 

The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transition from Female to Male by Max Wolf Valerio

Thoughts Through Transition: The Writings of a Mentor by Sir Ledonvito 

Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man by Chaz Bono

Transman - Bitesize: The Story of a Woman who Became a Man by Rico Paris

Two Truths and a Lie by Scott Turned Schofield 

What Took You So Long? A Girl’s Journey into Mahood by Raymond Thompson

Non-Fiction: Medical Transition 

Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men edited by Trystan T. Cotton

Masculinizing Hormonal Therapy For the Female to Male Transgendered by Sheila Kirk

Medical Therapy and Health Maintenance for Transgender Men by R. Gorton, J. Buth, and D. Spade. 

The Phallus Palace: Female to Male Transsexuals by Dean Kotula 

Non-Fiction: Family and Relationships 

Gendered Hearts: Transgendered, Transsexual and Gender Variant Writers on Sex, Love, and Relationships edited by Morty Diamond 

The Gender Trap: The Moving Autobiography of Chris and Cathy the World’s First Known Transsexual Parents by Chris Johnson and Cathy Brown

Trans Forming Families: Real Stories about Transgendered Love Ones by Mary Boenke 

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper

Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary edited by Morty Diamond 

Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders by Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall 

What Becomes You by Aaron Raz-Link and Hilda Raz 

Non-Fiction: Trans History 

A Strange Sort of Being: The Transgender Life of Lucy Anne/Joseph Israel Lobdell, 1829-1912 by Bambi L. Lobdell 

Charley’s Choice: The Life and Times of Charley Parkhurst by Fern J. Hill 

From Female to Male: The Life of Jack Bee Garland by Louis Sullivan 

Michael nee Laura: The Story of the World’s First Female to Male Transsexual by Liz Hodgkinson. 

Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton by Diane Wood Middlebrook

The First Man-Made Man: Love Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-century Medical Revolution by Pagan Kennedy 

anonymous asked:

Hey I have to write a paper for one of my classes and was wondering if any of you guys have any good non-fiction books that I can find in the library about gender?

Hey Friend,

This is a great question! I see a lot of lists of queer fiction, and those are awesome. But there’s also a treasure trove of nonfiction works. Trans authors especially have written some fantastic pieces in recent years that I’d love to share with you. Below are some of, what I think are the best examples of queer nonfiction by queer and trans authors. This is by no means exhaustive, just a highlight of the multitude of literature out there: 

Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua (intersectional identities and the borders of our emotions and identities)

Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by Kenji Yoshino (about identity politics and assimilation)

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde (collection of speeches on racism, sexism, and homophobia)

Tango: My Childhood, Backward and in High Heels by Justin Vivian Bond (gender, small towns, abuse)

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein (memoir)

Real Man Adventures by T Cooper (transition, masculinity, identity politics)

The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life by Michael Warner (queer politics)

*Letters for my Brothers edited by Megan M. Rohrer& Zander Keig (letters by trans men to trans men beginning their journey)

*Letters for my Sisters edited by Andrea James & Deanne Thornton (letters by trans women to trans women beginning their journey)

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (memoir)

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee (reflections on masculinity)

Show Trans by Elliott Deline (memoir)

*Trans Bodies, Trans Selves edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth (this brilliant book represents the mosaic of trans lives and experiences on issues from race to sexuality. if you read nothing else, read this)

Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin (essays by trans teens)

Hiding My Candy: The Autobiography of the Grand Empress of Savannah by The Lady Chablis (memoir)

Body Alchemy by Loren Cameron (the transitions of different men)

Transgender History by Susan Stryker (a brief history of the transgender community in the USA, however ignores native trans people in favour of settler society)

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan (memoir)

S/he by Minnie Bruce Pratt (reflections on gender)

Butch is a Noun by S. Bear Burgman (life outside the gender binary)

Cooking in Heels by Ceyenne Doroshow (memoir shared through recipes. unique)

Trauma Queen by Lovemme Corazón (memoir)

Seasonal Velocities by Ryka Aoki (mix of fiction and nonfiction)

I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman by Toni Newman (memoir)

Whipping Girl by Julia Serano (essays on the perception of trans women)

Make Love to Rage by Morgan Robyn Collado (poetry on oppression)

Wanting in Arabic by Trish Salah (poetry on gender, race, and home)

Self-Made Men by Henry Rubin (personal essays and interviews)

Just Add Hormones by Matt Kailey (memoir and reflections)

Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men edited by Trystan T. Cotten (personal accounts of SRS)

From the Inside Out edited by Morty Diamond (anthology on the fluidity of gender)

Sex Changes by Patrick Califia (recounts on early activists and challenges transphobia)

Transgender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg (showcasing the history of gender)

Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green (memoir and reflections)

Mom I Need to Be a Girl by “Just” Evelyn (memoir on raising a transgender child)

Transition and Beyond, Observations On Gender Identity by Reid Vanderburgh (what it means to be trans)

Branded T by Rosalyne Blumenstein (memoir)

Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue by Leslie Feinberg (essays and speeches on being trans, the gender binary, and the need for an inclusive community)

The Testosterone Files by Max Valerio Wolf (memoir)

Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (author is cis but compelling account of trans teens)

Queerly Beloved by Jacob Anderson-Minshall & Diane Anderson-Minshall (memoir)

Stuck in the Middle with You by Jennifer Finney  Boylan (trans parenthood)

Gender Failure by Ivan E. Coyote & Rae Spoon (memoir)

Queer and Trans Artists of Colour interviews by Nia King (personal interviews)

Happy Reading!

-Sophia

The Big List of Trans Books

Fictional with an FtM Character  

  • Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • F2M: The Boy Within by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy 
  • I Know Very Well How I Got my Name by Elliot Deline
  • Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Man Enough by Beth Burnett 
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (intersex but assigned female)
  • Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
  • Refuse by Elliot DeLine
  • Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
  • Silver by Scott Cairns 
  • Trumpet by Jackie Kay
  • Vintage Toys for Lucky Boys by G.R. Richards 

Fictional with an MtF Character 

  • 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
  • Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy by S. Bear Bergman
  • Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter (intersex b assigned male)
  • Being Emily by Rachel Gold
  • Breakfast on Pluto by Patrick McCabe 
  • The Butterfly and the Flame by Dana De Young
  • Danish Girl by David Ebershoff (intersex but assigned male) 
  • Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
  • Gamenight: A Role-Play Novel by Leela Ginelle 
  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters
  • Rain by Jocelyn DiDomenick 
  • She’s My Dad by Iolanthe Woulff
  • Transgression by Theo Fenraven
  • Who I Am and What I Want by David Michael O'Quinn 

Non-Fiction General

  • Bisexuality and Transgenderism: Intersexitions of the Others by Fritz Klein Karen
  • Gender Outlaws: Men, Women, and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein 
  • How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States by Joanne Meyerowitz
  • In A Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives by Judith Halberstam 
  • Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People by Viviane Namaste 
  • My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You or Something Else Entirely by Kate Bornstein 
  • Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity by Matt Bernstein Sycamore 
  • The Riddle of Gender by Deborah Rudacille
  • Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism by Patrick Califia 
  • Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs edited by Jonathan Adams  
  • The Transgender Studies Reader edited by Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle 
  • The Riddle of Gender by Deborah Rudacille 
  • Transgender 101 by Nicholas M. Teich 
  • Transgender Rights edited by Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang and Shannon Price Minter 
  • Transition and Beyond, Observations on Gender Identity by Reid Vanderburgh 
  • Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men by Lori B. Girshick 

Non-Fiction FtM Specific 

  • A Circus Mirror Day by Corin Ash
  • Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green
  • Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits by Loren Cameron
  • Both Sides Now: One Man’s Journey Through Womanhood by Dhillon Khosla
  • From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FtM and Beyond edited by Morty Diamond
  • FTM: Female to Male Transsexuals in Society by Holly Devor 
  • Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men and edited by Trystan T. Cotten
  • Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience by Matt Kailey 
  • Letters for my Brothers edited by Megan M. Rohrer and Zander Keig
  • Real Man Adventures by T. Cooper
  • Self-Made Men: Identity and Embodiment among Transsexual Men by Henry Rubin 
  • The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes,One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution by Pagan Kennedy 
  • The Mirror Makes No Sense by Mark A. Cummings
  • The Phallus Palace: Female to Male Transsexuals by Dean Kotula 
  • The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male by Max Wolfe Valerio 
  • Transmen and FTMs: Identities, Bodies, Genders and Sexualities by Jason Cromwell 

Non-Fiction MtF Specific 

  • A Sort of A-Z Thing by Lily Savage
  • A Personal Autobiography by Christine Jorgensen
  • Branded T by Rosalyne Blumenstein 
  • Dress Codes of Three Girls: My Mother’s, My Father’s and Mine 
  • Feminizing Hormonal Therapy for the Transgendered by Sheila Kirk, M.D.
  • Four Ways to be a Woman by Sue Reidy 
  • Mom: I Need to be a Girl by Just Evelyn 
  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  • Right Side Out: In Tune Within to be in Harmony with the World by Annah Moore
  • She is my Son: The Adrienne Clark Story by Beverly Holland 
  • The Life 1979-1999: The Diaries of Yasimu Quaife by Yasimu Quaife
  • The Woman I Was Not Born to Be: A Transsexual Journey by Aleshia Brevard 
  • Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano 

For SOFFAS 

  • Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender Nonconforming Children by Diane Ehrensaft 
  • Helping your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents by Irwin Krieger 
  • She’s Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband by Helen Boyd 
  • Trans Forming Families: Real Stories about Transgender Loved Ones edited by Mary Boenke 
  • Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children edited by Rachel Pepper 
  • True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism - For Families, Friends, Coworkers and Helping Professionals
  • The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals 

If you know of any books not on this list please let me know and I’ll add them in :) 

“Why I’m Not Transgender”

“Why I’m Not Transgender” 


by Max Wolf Valerio


“”Transgender” gives me a slightly nauseous feeling — I sense a touchy-feely malevolence lurking. It’s a nice, safe word that desexes and defangs the term, “transsexual” just as that other hideous PC euphemism, “significant other” desexes the hot, sticky and passionate reality of being somebody’s lover. I would never want to go to bed with a person called a significant other. It sounds like an AA or therapy word, more of the psychobabble and pop therapy that waters down our passions and homogenizes our intentions.

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Much like a woman with an eating disorder who is skinny and thinks she’s fat when she looks in the mirror, the actual reality of my female body was not always evident to me. My mental image of myself was more often male than I was in reality. Situations would inevitably occur that would make it extremely difficult for me to not be aware, acutely, that I actually had breasts and not a flat chest. Situations I often worked to avoid.[…] My breasts had simply been attached, and over the years I’d adjusted. I was aware of them from time to time, and if I could be objective about it, and not think of them as mine in the most acute sense, I realized these breasts, my breasts—were attractive. In a bikini they didn’t look half-bad. It wasn’t that I hated my body, I just had a difficult time relating to it as mine.
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Max Wolf Valerio, The Testosterone Files

I really recommend this book to everyone, especially FAAB trans* people.  If you’re interested on taking T, you should definitely read this book.  There are a lot of things I couldn’t really relate to, especially since Max is male and not asexual, but there were things that I could definitely relate to and understand.

anonymous asked:

Do you know of anyone who has been on T for over 20 years?

Zak: Stephen Whittle started testosterone in 1975, so that would be almost 40 years ago. Pretty sure Jamison Green has been on T for something like 25 years. Max Wolf Valerio has been on testosterone for around 25 years as well. Buck Angel is approaching 20 years, but I think it’s been closer to 15 for him. I don’t know how long Lorne Cameron has been on testosterone, but I think it’s somewhere between 25 and 30 years. Those are the people who immediately come to mind. There are definitely more people out there who are just less well-known, though.