Gender Identity/Transgender

Books about gender and transgender rights, butch/femme, history, and activism.


Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme Cover Image
By Ivan E. Coyote (Editor), Zena Sharman (Editor)
$17.96
ISBN: 9781551523972
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - May 3rd, 2011

Lambda Literary Award finalist

American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book


Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9781476709130
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Published: Atria Books - December 2nd, 2014

New York Times Bestseller - Winner of the 2015 WOMEN'S WAY Book Prize - Goodreads Best of 2014 Semi-Finalist - Books for a Better Life Award Finalist - Lambda Literary Award Finalist - Time Magazine "30 Most Influential People on the Internet" - American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book


Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community Cover Image
By Noach Dzmura (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781556438134
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Published: North Atlantic Books - June 1st, 2010

***WINNER, 2011 Lambda Literary Award - Transgender Non-Fiction


Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780807000922
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - May 10th, 2011

Honor Book for the 2012 Stonewall Book Awards in non-fiction 

The next-generation Stone Butch Blues--a contemporary memoir of gender awakening and a classic tale of first love and self-discovery.


Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781580053082
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - August 31st, 2010

In the 15 years since the release of Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein's groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Today's transgenders and other sex/gender radicals are writing a drastically new world into being.


Transgender Employment Experiences: Gendered Perceptions and the Law Cover Image
$29.65
ISBN: 9781438436746
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Published: State University of New York Press - August 1st, 2011

The complex and changing state of policy protections for transgender communities practically requires trans people to become legal experts just to navigate their everyday lives. It also simultaneously offers a window of opportunity for legal advocates to shape new laws and policies based on the lived experiences of trans people.


Butch Is a Noun Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9781551523699
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - August 31st, 2010

"Butch is a Noun is a book that a) should be required reading in any gender studies curriculum; b) femmes should read whenever they're feeling unloved, lonely, or misunderstood; c) butches should read; d) all of the above. The answer, of course, is d. Thank you, dear Bear."--Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw


Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary Cover Image
By Morty Diamond (Editor), Julia Serano (Contribution by), Shawna Virago (Contribution by)
$13.46
ISBN: 9781933149561
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Published: Manic D Press - October 11th, 2011


"This is where sex and gender collide, then ricochet like fragments of heart rending shrapnel. Rarely has a book about lust been full of so much love, conflict, and intelligence. If you think you already know what's in these stories, or you think you don't need to know, you're wrong."--Patrick Califa, author of Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism


Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9780299287344
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - October 8th, 2013

National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Memoir


Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader Cover Image
$26.96
ISBN: 9780822349860
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Published: Duke University Press - November 28th, 2011

Deviations is the definitive collection of writing by Gayle S. Rubin, a pioneering theorist and activist in feminist, lesbian and gay, queer, and sexuality studies since the 1970s. Rubin first rose to prominence in 1975 with the publication of "The Traffic in Women," an essay that had a galvanizing effect on feminist thinking and theory.


The Queer Art of Failure Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9780822350453
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Published: Duke University Press - August 12th, 2011

The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that claims to break new ground but cleaves to conventional archives.


Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780231157131
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Published: Columbia University Press - March 13th, 2012

Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes.


Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's, and Mine Cover Image
$20.70
ISBN: 9780312422202
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - May 1st, 2003

Throughout her childhood in suburban Ohio, Noelle struggled to gain love and affection from her distant father.


Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue Cover Image
$20.90
ISBN: 9780807079515
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Published: Beacon Press - October 10th, 1999

Those who have heard Leslie Feinberg speak in person know how powerful and inspiring s/he can be. In Trans Liberation, Feinberg has gathered a collection of hir speeches on trans liberation and its essential connection to the liberation of all people.


Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families Cover Image
$65.95
ISBN: 9780789021175
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Published: Routledge - March 2nd, 2004

Explore an ecological strength-based framework for the treatment of gender-variant clients


Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman Cover Image
$22.46
ISBN: 9780807079416
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Published: Beacon Press - June 30th, 1997

With a New Afterword


Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality Cover Image
$24.19
ISBN: 9780465077144
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Published: Basic Books - November 30th, 2000

Why do some people prefer heterosexual love while others fancy the same sex? Is sexual identity biologically determined or a product of convention?


In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives Cover Image
$28.60
ISBN: 9780814735855
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Published: New York University Press - January 1st, 2005

In her first book since the critically acclaimed Female Masculinity, Judith Halberstam examines the significance of the transgender body in a provocative collection of essays on queer time and space.


The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism, and Transgender Rights Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385721974
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Published: Anchor Books - February 14th, 2006

When Deborah Rudacille learned that a close friend had decided to transition from female to male, she felt compelled to understand why.


Transgender Rights Cover Image
By Paisley Currah (Editor), Richard M. Juang (Editor), Shannon Price Minter (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780816643127
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - August 1st, 2006

"Transgender Rights packs a surprising amount of information into a small space. Offering spare, tightly executed essays, this slim volume nonetheless succeeds in creating a spectacular, well-researched compendium of the transgender movement." -Law Library Journal


Undoing Gender Cover Image
$54.95
ISBN: 9780415969239
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Published: Routledge - August 17th, 2004

Undoing Gender constitutes Judith Butler's recent reflections on gender and sexuality, focusing on new kinship, psychoanalysis and the incest taboo, transgender, intersex, diagnostic categories, social violence, and the tasks of social transformation.


My Dangerous Desires-PB Cover Image
$29.65
ISBN: 9780822326199
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Published: Duke University Press - November 10th, 2000

Amber L. Hollibaugh is a lesbian sex radical, ex-hooker, incest survivor, gypsy child, poor-white-trash, high femme dyke. She is also an award-winning filmmaker, feminist, Left political organizer, public speaker, and journalist.


Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws Cover Image
By Kate Bornstein, Sara Quin (Foreword by)
$15.26
ISBN: 9781583227206
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 2nd, 2006

Celebrated transsexual trailblazer Kate Bornstein has, with more humor and spunk than any other, ushered us into a world of limitless possibility through a daring re-envisionment of the gender system as we know it.


The Transgender Studies Reader Cover Image
By Susan Stryker (Editor), Stephen Whittle (Editor)
$65.95
ISBN: 9780415947091
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Published: Routledge - June 9th, 2006

Transgender studies is the latest area of academic inquiry to grow out of the exciting nexus of queer theory, feminist studies, and the history of sexuality. Because transpeople challenge our most fundamental assumptions about the relationship between bodies, desire, and identity, the field is both fascinating and contentious.


The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781573443180
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Published: Cleis Press - June 1st, 2008

This comprehensive first of its kind guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising their children in every city and state. Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college.


Head Over Heels: Wives Who Stay with Cross-Dressers and Transsexuals Cover Image
$27.45
ISBN: 9780789030955
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Published: Haworth Press - November 14th, 2006

Candid, first-hand accounts of couples who stay together despite highly emotional gender issues.


Becoming a Visible Man Cover Image
$27.45
ISBN: 9780826514578
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Published: Vanderbilt University Press (TN) - June 4th, 2004

Best Book in Transgender Studies, 2005
Winner, Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies (CLAGS), NY
2005 Lambda Literary Award Finalist


Female Masculinity Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9780822322436
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Published: Duke University Press - October 26th, 1998

Masculinity without men. In Female Masculinity Judith Halberstam takes aim at the protected status of male masculinity and shows that female masculinity has offered a distinct alternative to it for well over two hundred years.


Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity Cover Image
By Anna Camilleri (Editor), Chloe Brushwood Rose (Editor), Chlo Brushwood Rose (Editor)
$17.96
ISBN: 9781551521268
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - April 1st, 2003

Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity is a manifesto for the unrepentant bitch, straddling the furious and fantastic. Undeniably celebratory and deeply troubling, this sharp-edged collection (of fiction, prose poetry, personal essay, photographs, and illustration) figures the un-hyphenated femme experience emerging in performance, betrayal, -violence, humor and survival.


Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781580051842
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - December 1st, 2006

Nobody Passes is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms. Nobody Passes explores and critiques the various systems of power seen (or not seen) in the act of passing.


Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781580051545
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - May 14th, 2007

A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist.


The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You Cover Image
$17.06
ISBN: 9781551522647
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 1st, 2009

Lambda Literary Award finalist


Visible: A Femmethology, Volume One Cover Image
By Jennifer Clare Burke (Editor)
$25.25
ISBN: 9780978597344
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Published: Homofactus Press, L.L.C. - March 12th, 2009

Visible: A Femmethology, the only two-volume anthology devoted to femme identity, calls the LGBTQI community on its prejudices and celebrates the diversity of individual femmes.


Visible: A Femmethology, Volume Two Cover Image
By Jennifer Clare Burke (Editor)
$25.25
ISBN: 9780978597351
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Published: Homofactus Press, L.L.C. - March 12th, 2009

Visible: A Femmethology, the only two-volume anthology devoted to femme identity, calls the LGBTQI community on its prejudices and celebrates the diversity of individual femmes.


Transgender History Cover Image
$13.46
ISBN: 9781580052245
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - May 6th, 2008

Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events.


That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9781593761950
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Published: Soft Skull Press - May 1st, 2008

As the growing gay mainstream prioritizes the attainment of straight privilege over all else, it drains queer identity of any meaning, relevance, or cultural value. What's more, queers remain under attack: Gay youth shelters can be vetoed because they might reduce property values. Trannies are out because they might offend straights.


Gender Failure Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9781551525365
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - April 8th, 2014

"Being a girl was something that never really happened for me." Rae Spoon