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Annotated Bibliography of Books on Gender Diversity:

Transgender Characters

 

Click here for ==> Bibliography from VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Volume 39, Number 5, December 2016

 

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All I Want To Be Is Me Rothblatt, Phyllis, Createspace Independent Pub, 2011. (With beautiful illustrations and in rhythmic patterns that read most like a poem or song, Rothblatt writes from the point of view of several young people who want most to be accepted as they are. This simple book, gentle and accepting, implies the basic thought, “Why can’t I be accepted as me?” Though the characters are school age, All I Want To Be Is Me is accessible for all ages.

 

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A Circus Mirror Day Ash, Corin. Featherweight, 2012. When Emily (or Edward to everyone else) is assigned to write a paper about a day in her life, she writes about how hard it is to pretend to be a boy on the outside, when she knows that she is truly a girl.

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I Am J Beam, Chris. Little, Brown, 2012. J has always known that he was a boy who happened to be born into a girl's body by mistake. Now he just has to convince everyone else.

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Beauty Queens Bray, Libba. Scholastic, 2012. A group of teen beauty queens are marooned on a desert island; one of them is a former boy band member who has transitioned.

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London Reign Britt, A. C. Ghettoheat, 2007. London, one of Boston's toughest boys, was actually born a girl.

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Circle of Change Cairo, Laney. Torqere, 209.. This is the story of a romance between Kim, a teenager transman, and Dash, a gay college student who initially rejects Kim, but ultimately falls in love with him.

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How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity Cart, Michael, ed. HarperTeen, 2009. Here is a collection of twelve LGBT themed short stories with three focused on transgender characters.

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Freakboy Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2013. Brandon Chase likes the challenge of being a wrestler and the love of his girlfriend, but it is only when he is Larissa that he feels whole.

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Cronn-Mills, Kirstin. Flux, 2012. Gabe, who was born Elizabeth, hosts a popular weekly radio show called, Beautiful Music for Ugly Children and he is stunned when one of the listeners outs him on Facebook.

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Happy Families Davis, Tanita S. Knopf, 2012. Justin is the first to realize their dad is cross-dressing, but Dad explains he is transgender and wants to live the rest of his life as a woman.

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Refuse DeLine, Elliott. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011. A twenty-two-year-old unemployed, FTM transsexual, Dean still lives in his parents' home where he began writing his memoir.

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If You Could be Mine Farizan, Sara. Algonguin, 2013. 256p. $16.95. Set in Iran where homosexuality is punishable by death but living in the wrong body is considered a mistake of nature and the government will pay for treatment, Sahar believes this may be her way to keep her love, Nasrin, from marrying a man.

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Stone Butch Blues Feinberg, Leslie. Firebrand, Set in a blue collar town in the 1950s, Jess Goldberg, having always questioned her gender, decides to dress as a man in order to survive.

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Being Emily Gold, Rachel. Bella, 2012. When Emily, who was born as Christopher, tells her parents she is really a woman, they send her into therapy, but some good friends support her.

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Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story. Halls, Kelly Milner, ed. Chronicle, 2011. A short story collection centering on the theme of relationships between boys and girls is told from both their perspectives, including one story about a transgender teen.

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Jumpstart the World Hyde, Catherine Ryan. Ember, 2011. When teenager Elle's mother gets a new boyfriend she also give Elle her own apartment she meets Frank, her next door neighbor, who reveals he is FTM transgender.

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Almost Perfect Katcher, Brian. Delacorte, 2010. When Logan meets Sage, he is instantly attracted to her, but how will he react when he learns that Sage was born male?

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Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender. Krieger, Nick. Beacon, 2011. After traveling and not dating for seven years, Nina lands in San Francisco and is introduced to a whole new fun world full of "queer" people.

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Shadows on the Moon Marriott, Zoe. Candlewick Press. Suzume witnesses her father murdered for suspected treason against the Moon Prince, with her shadow weaving skills to protect her, she journeys through several identities until she find Akira, an oyama, who helps her perfect these skills to trick the Moon Prince.

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Luna Peters, Julie Anne. . Little, Brown, 2006. Regan is an average sixteen-year-old who is keeping secret . . . the fact that her brother Liam is really a girl named Luna.

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Parrotfish Wittlinger, Ellen. Simon & Schuster, 2007. Teenager Grady knows that even though he was born Angela, he is a boy. Without the support of his family, he relies on the support of friends.

LGBT Characters

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The Tragedy of Miss Geneva Flowers Babcock, Joe. Carroll & Graf, 2005. Gay teenager Erick is not accepted at school or at home, but then he meets a drag queen and believes he has found his way.

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Brooklyn, Burning Brezenoff, Steve. Carolrhoda, 2011. In a summer love story between two semi-homeless Brooklyn teens, Scout and Kid, their genders are never revealed.

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a+e 4ever Merey, Ilike. Lethe, 2011. Asher has an androgynous face that makes him too weird, except for Eulalie, the toughest dyke in the school; together they ignore all the rules.

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The Sweet In-Between Reynolds, Sheri. Crown, 2008. Having lost her mother to cancer and her father to jail, Kendra, or Kenny, a gender ambiguous girl, lives with the father's girlfriend.

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What Night Brings Trujillo, Carla. Curbstone, 2009. Eleven-year-old Marcia Cruz prays to God, Mother Mary, and Jesus every night to please make her a boy so she can kiss girls and to please make her father stop beating them.

Picture Books and Stories for Younger Readers

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Be Who You Are Carr, Jennifer. Author House, 2010. Nick, born a boy, knows that she is really a girl, and with the help of her supportive and caring family, she makes the transition. This story is based on author's child.

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Goblinheart: A Fairy Tale Axel Brett. Illus. by Terra Bidiespacher. East Waterfront, 2012. Instead of girls and boys, this forest tribe has fairies and goblins. Julep once was a fairy but is really a goblin at heart.

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My Princess Boy Kilodavis, Cheryl. Aladdin, 2010. Dyson loves dresses, tiaras, climbing trees, wearing jeans, and his family loves him as he is.

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The Princess Knight Funke, Cornelia. Chicken House, 2004. Princess Violet doesn't want to get married to a knight, she wants to BE a knight, and she trains to do just that!

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10,000 Dresses Ewert, Marcus. Triangle Square, 2008. Bailey dreams every night of beautiful dresses but her parents shout, "You are a boy!" but Laurel sees Bailey's creativity and they make dresses together.

Non-Traditional Gender Characters

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Choir Boy Anders, Charlie. Soft Skull Press, 2005. As he hits puberty, twelve-year-old Berry would rather castrate himself than lose his beautiful soprano voice.

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Boy2Girl Blacker, Terrence. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005. When American cousin Sam comes to live with Matt and his family in London, Matt and his friends initiate Sam by making him dress as a girl.

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Debbie Harry Sings in French Brother, Meagan. Henry Holt, 2008. Johnny is in alcohol rehab when he first hears Debbie Harry sing. He becomes fascinated enough to enter a contest as the singer and discovers he enjoys cross-dressing.

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Every Day Levithan, David. Ember, 2013. Sixteen-year-old "A" wakes up in a different body every day and has for 5,994 days, sometimes as male, sometimes as female. It doesn't matter which gender because when A meets Rhianon-love happens.

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CyclerMcLaughlin, Lauren. Random House, 2008. Jill seems like a regular kid, but four days each month she goes into a coma and her brother Jack takes over, but things change when Jack falls in love with Jill's best friend.

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The End; Five Queer Kids Save the WorldOlsen, Nora. Prizm, 2010. As World War III breaks out, five LGBTQ kids use their magical amulets to save the world.

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If You Believe in Mermaids . . . Don't Tell Phillips, A.A. Dog Ear Publishing, 2007. The best diver at summer camp, thirteen-year-old Todd really wants to be a mermaid.

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The Boy in the Dress Walliams, David. Razor Bill, 2009. When his parents divorce, Dennis splits his time between being the star player on the soccer team and cross dressing.

Non-Fiction Resources

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My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity Bornstein, Kate. Routledge, 2013. In this more-than-inviting updated edition, Bornstein broadens the definition of two genders, stretches our thinking, and validates a greater gender spectrum.

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GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens Huegel, Kelly. Free Spirit. 2011. In this updated edition, the author has added contemporary information about our society and acceptance of GLBTQ people plus maintained all the resource information of the first edition.

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Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents Krieger. Irwin. Genderwise Press, 2011. This is a reliable source for the concerned parent to help and understand their a transgender child.

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Kuklin, Susan. Candlewick 2014. These are the stories of six gender diverse teens told through the author's interviews and her photographs.

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Generation BULLIED 2.0: Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Our Most Vulnerable Students Miller, sj.Peter Lang International Academic, 2013. This excellent resource covers the state of the problem in this country and brings attention to the specific groups most often targeted.

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The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves Moon, Sarah, Ed. Arthur A. Levine, 2012. Sixty-four authors write compassionate letters, drawings, and messages to their younger selves in this look back at their youth.

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Transgender History Stryker, Susan. Seal Press, 2008. Stryker presents an excellent history of transgender people in America through the 1900s to today.

Internet Resources

Campus Pride. http://www.campuspride.org/

Gender Equity Resource Center. http://geneq.berkeley.edu/lgbt_resources_definiton_of_terms

GLAAD's (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Transgender Media and Education Program. http://www.glaad.org/transgender?gclid=CKD0mZrmtbwCFdFAMgodRjgAlQ

Tips for Allies of Transgender People. http://www.glaad.org/transgender/allies

How to Respect a Transgender Person. http://www.wikihow.com/Respect-a-Transgender-Person

Human Rights Campaign. "Transgender Visibility: A Guide to Being You." http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/transgender-visibility-guide

IMPACT: The LGBT Health and Development Program@Northwestern University. "Transgender 101." http://www.impactprogram.org/transgender-101/

IMPACT: The LGBT Health and Development Program@Northwestern University. "Youth Blog> A Transgender Journey: Beginnings." http://www.impactprogram.org/youth/youth-blog-a-transgender-journey-beginnings/?gclid=CILX5_njtbwCFStgMgodIWUADQ/

It Gets Better Project. http://www.itgetsbetter.org/

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "Move the Movement: Become a Change Agent Today!" http://www.thetaskforce.org

Raising my Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son. http://Raisingmyrainbow.com

Transgender Law & Policy Institute. http://www.transgenderlaw.org

Transgender Issues: Fact Sheet. http://www.transgenderlaw.org/resources/transfactsheet.pdf

Transgender Issues: Resources. http://www.transgenderlaw.org/resources/index.htm

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