transpositiveliterature

Genderqueer - myproteinshakeisrage

On my birthday,
They brought me pink balloons.
On my birthday i got pink walls and pink cupcakes in the shape of a pink flower
When i was a little “girl”
I got white dresses with blue satin sashes
And i loved my white dresses with blue satin sashes and i especially loved
The way my white dresses with blue satin sashes looked with my brothers ties
I remember the times i would stare at my curves and cry
The bathrooms are labeled clearly boy and girl and if you wish to walk the in the middle you will hit a
Brick
Wall
Every
Time.
Don’t assume I’m a boy
Don’t assume i’m a girl don’t assume i’m a girl
Don’t
Assume i’m a girl
God damn!
Why do you even have to assume?
There maybe a “other” section on the gender drop down tab but I’m not going to call this acceptance until i get my own fucking room!
One where i don’t have to pick a side every time and get the same sick looks from each
Where i don’t have to be afraid to walk the streets
But its better than living your life as a fucking
pretender
My mother asked me why i was using men’s deodorant
I asked why the fuck smells had to have a
gender.

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Swingset by Andrea Gibson

And so it goes. On the playground, she peers up at me from behind her pink power puff sunglasses and then asks, “Do you have a boyfriend?” And I say no, and she says “Oh, do you have a girlfriend?” And I say “No, but if by some miracle, twenty years from now, I ever finally do, then I’ll definitely bring her by to meet you. How’s that?” “Okay. Can I have a push on the swing?”

And that’s the thing. They don’t care. They don’t care.

Author: Alison Goodman
Hardcover: 400 pages 
Publisher: Puffin Canada (Jun 23 2009)
ISBN-10: 0670062278
ISBN-13: 978-0670062270
Price: $15.68 CDN

Description:

Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he’ll be able to apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragoneye, the human link to an energy dragon’s power. It is forbidden for females to practice the Dragon Magic and, if discovered, Eon faces a terrible death. After a dazzling sword ceremony, Eon’s affinity with the twelve dragons catapults him into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where he makes a powerful enemy, Lord Ido. As tension builds and Eon’s desperate lie comes to light, readers won’t be able to stop turning the pages…*

*Eon/Eona, from my understanding of the novel is not transgender. However she is gender non-conforming, and she breaks through stereotypical gender roles associated with females. 

Reviews:

“GUYS I LOVE WHEN FANTASY DIVES INTO GENDER! Yes, if you are a fan of Tamora Pierce and Alanna and all things awesome, you will like Eon! See, the most obvious is the cross-dressing Eona who takes on the role of a boy and suppresses her female self. Which we begin to think of characteristics that are generally considered gendered and get into the whole binaries thing, of male characteristics = strong, female characteristics = weak. And it is addressed and it is awesome and makes my brain gears just TURN TURN TURN. OH OH OH and there is a trans character, Lady Dela, who is called a Contraire meaning she has the physical body of a man but her spirit is female. And oh friends, Lady Dela plays a huge role and I have to hold my arm down otherwise I would pump my fist just thinking about her.” — April (Books&Wine)

“One of the characters in this story, Lady Dela, is a key player in helping Eon to find her sense of strength. And Dela was born in a male body. It’s made clear that she dealt with transphobia while growing up, but her identity has largely been accepted and supported. When Eon asks her why she didn’t have her male genitalia removed surgically, she says, "I don’t need to be cut to know I am a woman.” And while the fact that she’s trans does come up, the fact that she is trans is not the focus of the story.

[…] [T]he plot line in Eon does not revolve around the trans character being trans. We need more books like this. While it’s important that we have books that tell stories about what it means to transition as a teenager, we also need books with trans teens just being teens.“ — bitchmagazine.org

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Year: 2011
Rating
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 82 mins
Rating: 97% on rotten tomatoes
Purchase: available on amazon currently for $21 CDN+
Watch Onlineamazon rentals starting at only $3.99 CDN

Description:

“A 10-year-old girl, settling into her new neighborhood outside Paris, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it’s too late for the mistake to be clarified." 

Hardcover: 448 pages

Expected publication: October 22nd 2013

Description:

From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?

In razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

Review:

“Sometimes there are stories that need to be told. Sometimes there are heartbreaking, life-changing, and reaffirming stories with the potential to reshape you. We really think Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark will fall into that category when it’s published in October 2013. It’s a beautifully written YA debut about gender identity with a beautiful cover to match.

In razor-sharp verse, Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to find his place on the transgender spectrum, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her own demons.

Kristin Elizabeth Clark lives and writes in northern California, where she has worked as a child advocate within the juvenile justice system and as a children’s theater producer. She is a proud volunteer at Project Outlet in Mountina View, California. Freakboy is her YA debut.” — 

macteenbooks.com

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“It’s not that I thought I’d grow up to be a man; I just never thought that I’d grow up to be a woman either. From what I could tell neither of those categories fit me, but believe me, I knew from a very young age never to say “Hey dad, this Adam or Eve thing isn’t working for me; I mean, what about all the kinds of people in between?” — Andrea Gibson

Topside Tour 2014 - Peterborough Stop

This evening, in the small town of Peterborough, ON Canada, I was lucky enough to attend one of the many Topside Tour stops. There was an awesome slam poem by a local trans poet, followed by readings by Sybil Lamb and Casey Plett!

Sybil read from her book, I’ve Got A Time Bomb, which we were informed was constructed out of past zines, rewritten together to form the awesome piece of literature we have today. Also, she drew an amazing drawing of myself and my beau in my newly purchased copy of her book. It was a surreal book to hear, and I’m sure one to read too (which I will find out soon enough). You should check it out. Here is the description of the book:

“On her way home from a gay wedding, Sybil’s eponymous protagonist is ambushed, beaten, and left for dead on the train tracks. Days later, Sybil awakens in a hospital and finds her skull has been reconstructed, but it quickly becomes clear that her version of “normal” and “reality” may have been permanently altered. When she falls in love with a very beautiful, but very married, actress, Sybil does what comes naturally: she presents the object of her affection with a homemade explosive device, and then abruptly leaves town.

I’ve Got A Time Bomb chronicles her surrealistic journey living among the loners, losers, and leave-behinds in the dark corners of Amerika.”

Casey Plett followed Sybil’s reading with a snippet of her own book, Safe Girl To Love. The book is a collection of different stories featuring trans women, focusing on love, loss, sex, and the not so pretty, but totally real, stuff too (aka harassment). She read a selection of one of the eleven stories and it was very powerful to me. Coming from a small town, the story she read was very touching. I look forward to reading the rest of her book. Also, she thought my tie was snazzy, which is lovely. Here is the description of her book:

Eleven unique short stories that stretch from a rural Canadian Mennonite town to a hipster gay bar in Brooklyn, featuring young trans women stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love.

These stories, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up as a trans girl can be charming, funny, frustrating, or sad, but never will it be predictable.

I also dropped some cash in their ceramic sperm to help feed their car (aka chip in for gas). As thanks I was rewarded with a copy of the awesome educational zine, is there a transgender text in this class, a super cute little comic zine, and their tour zine.

Basicly what I’m saying is, if topside is coming to your town you should make sure to go, listen to some great literature, purchase said literature, and support some wicked women!

As Sybil quoted me as saying, “YAY QUEER TRANS LITERATURE!”

- Drew

Authors: J.M. Steger
Print Length: 30 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen    
Price: $3.02 USD (or free with kindle unlimited)

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Description:

A story of a hope, fear, anxiety, and unconditional love. Join Milo in this short-story as he hopes to find someone who will love him without conditions and accept him as he is.
Milo is a transgender man in search of acceptance not only with his parents who have all but disowned him but from his new love interest Chance. However, Chance doesn’t know that Milo is transgender - can Chance accept Milo and love him without conditions?

Excerpt: 

“ Chance traced his fingers across Milo’s hand, outlining his knuckles and the thick visible veins that reached across in wild patterns. Milo stared intently watching as Chance did this. He watched how he glided the tips of his fingers around, his skin was almost like a soft caramel, and the tops of his hands were covered in small dark hairs. Milo began to count them but lost count, anyone else may not even notice the hairs there, but when it came to Chance, Milo noticed everything. Milo’s eyes began to roll up the length of Chance’s arm, all the way across his biceps and broad shoulders. His eyes followed suit up the curves of Chance’s neck. Towards his thin delicate lips, and his nose, with the bend in it giving it a subtle difference to the rest of his perfect features. Not quite a flaw, just a difference. Chance was so beautiful.”

The Trouble with Normal:

Trans Youth and the Desire for Normalcy as Reflected in Young Adult Literature

Literature for young adults is a literature of fluidity, conforming to the experiences of young people in specific contexts and shifting with changes in sociopolitical ideologies. For young adults, this literature is an escape as well as a comforting reflection of life, as it covers a broad landscape of topics while providing examples of how characters are able to cope and heal. Kathy Cline, in “Bonding in the Broken Places,” points out that “[t]hrough problems and conflicts, literature allows young adults the catharsis for healing, rebuilding, and changing” (par. 1). This validates young adult novels as having a practical application. These fictional accounts can be seen as a form of therapy that will aid young people in developing healthy self-acceptance: they provide a mirror for society and self; serve as a framework for what trans young adults need from society; reveal the need for trans youth to be normal

Queer sexuality—or trans sexualities in this specific case—is a much under-represented topic within YA literature. The novels that do deal with characters’ non-heteronormative sexualities need to be considered in terms of their evolution within the history of YA young adult literature as well as in terms of their value for young people who are developing gender and sexual identities. At the same time, these narratives ask the audience to reevaluate previously assumed notions of gender and sexuality.

Michael Cart and Christine Jenkins, in The Heart Has Its Reasons, define YA literature as the “quintessential literature of the outsider who is too often rendered invisible by society …” (1). Novels for young adults have a very detailed and specific role to play for teens and for society in the larger sense. There are three components that I would argue are necessary in order for young adult literature—specifically novels dealing with trans issues—to truly speak to and for young people. The first of these is that the novel needs to be a mirror of society and of self. Cart and Jenkins assert that “there is … the need to see one’s face reflected in the pages of a book and thus to find the corollary comfort that derives from the knowledge that one is not alone …” (1). In order for this component to work, then, the second requisite component of the novel is a reflection of the needs and desires of the young trans person. The third component works with the first two by showing that a young trans person has a legitimate desire to be considered normal. Whether this normalcy means completely fitting in with society or simply being able to get out of bed in the morning without fear of rejection is not the point; the point is simply understanding that the desire is a healthy one and is not cause for shame.

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Exert taken from The Trouble with Normal: Trans Youth and the Desire for Normalcy as Reflected in Young Adult Literature written by Robert Bittner. 

Thank You

I just wanted to make a quick post thanking all of our followers. We just hit our first 100 followers. I’m really happy that we can reach so many people, that we can share with you some wonderful literature.

Thank you for following, and I hope that you continue to enjoy the content on this blog.

—Drew

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (September 30, 2003)
ISBN-10: 006001315X
ISBN-13: 978-0060013158
Price: $1 and up

Description:

War has come to Discworld … again.

And, to no one’s great surprise, the conflict centers on the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on it’s ability to beat up on its neighbors for even the tiniest imagined slight. This time, however, it’s Borogravia that’s getting its long overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men.

Ever since her brother Paul marched off to battle a year ago, Polly Perks has been running The Duchess,her family’s inn – even though the revered national deity Nuggan has decreed that female ownership of a business is an Abomination (with, among others, oysters, rocks, and the color blue). To keep The Duchess in the family, Polly must find her missing sibling. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and sets out to join him in this man’s army.

Despite her rapid mastery of belching, scratching, and other macho habits (and aided by a well-placed pair of socks), Polly is afraid that someone will immediately see through her disguise; a fear that proves groundless when the recruiting officer, the legendary and seemingly ageless Sergeant Jackrum, accepts her without question. Or perhaps the sergeant is simply too desperate for fresh cannon fodder to discriminate – which would explain why a vampire, a troll, a zombie, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close “friends” are also eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold. But marching off with little (read: no) training, Polly (now called “Oliver”) finds herself wondering about the myriad peculiarities of her new brothers-in-arms. It would appear that Polly “Ozzer” Perks is not the only grunt with a secret. There is no time to dwell on such matters, however.Duty calls. The battlefield beckons. There’s a tide to be turned.

And sometimes – in war as in everything else – the best man for the job is a woman.

Review:

“In a backwater country constantly mired in religious and social conflict with its neighbors, Polly finds herself enlisting (a big no-no in the land of Borogravia) as a man (another no-no!) so she can save her missing brother and save the family business. She’s joined by a rag-tag team of young enlistees and their old-timer sergeant. But … is everything as it seems?

As deadly serious as the situation seems, it’s a very funny, clever, yet touching at times look at gender roles. Pratchett’s pretty irreverent about a lot of things, so don’t go in expecting a manifesto – expect to laugh and nod.

Without spoiling too much, Genderfork readers will find each enlistee has their own story and their fates, identities, and relationships are sometimes left purposefully ambiguous.” — Genderfork.com