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Let's Talk About Gender - Adults

    Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

    Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family - Amy Ellis Nutt

    The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the right to be different—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter forThe Washington Post.
    Born Both: An Intersex Life

    Born Both: An Intersex Life - Hida Viloria

    Tells the story of the author's lifelong journey as an intersex person who did not have he/r sex characteristics changed at birth, sharing he/r experiences exploring he/r gender identity and how he/r experiences meeting other intersex people led he/r to champion human rights for intersex people.
    For Today I am a Boy

    For Today I am a Boy - Kim Fu

    Peter, the only boy among four siblings born to first-generation Chinese Americans, is convinced he's a girl and must fight the confines of a small town as well as the expectations of his immigrant parents to forge his own path into adulthood.
    Gender Failure

    Gender Failure - Ivan E. Coyote & Rae Spoon

    Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon are accomplished, award-winning writers, musicians, and performers; they are also both admitted "gender failures." In their first collaborative book, Ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all.
    Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation

    Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation - Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman

    Collects and contextualizes the work of transgendered and genderqueer thinkers, and includes essays, art, commentary, and personal narratives from people across the transsexual spectrum who believe in living barrier-breaking lives.
    Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality

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

    The fact that men and women continue to receive unequal treatment at work is a point of contention among politicians, the media, and scholars. Common explanations for this disparity range from biological differences between the sexes to the conscious and unconscious biases that guide hiring and promotion decisions. Just One of the Guys? sheds new light on this phenomenon by analyzing the unique experiences of transgender men—people designated female at birth whose gender identity is male—on the job.
     
    Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

    Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More - Janet Mock

    A journalist and activist who was profiled in a 2011 Marie Claire feature outlines bold perspectives on the realities of being young, multi-racial, economically challenged and transgender in today's America, recounting her disadvantaged youth and decision to undergo gender reassignment surgery at the age of 18 before pursuing a career and falling in love.
    Stone Butch Blues

    Stone Butch Blues - Leslie Feinberg

    Woman or man? That’s the question that rages like a storm around Jess Goldberg, clouding her life and her identity. Growing up differently gendered in a blue--collar town in the 1950’s, coming out as a butch in the bars and factories of the prefeminist ’60s, deciding to pass as a man in order to survive when she is left without work or a community in the early ’70s. This powerful, provocative and deeply moving novel sees Jess coming full circle, she learns to accept the complexities of being a transgendered person in a world demanding simple explanations: a he-she emerging whole, weathering the turbulence.
    The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard

    The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard - Tom Léger & Riley MacLeod

    A dynamic composite of rising stars, The Collection represents the depth and range of tomorrow's finest writers chronicling transgender narratives. 28 authors from North America converge in a single volume to showcase the future of trans literature and the next great movements in queer art.
    Tomboy Survival Guide

    Tomboy Survival Guide - Ivan E. Coyote

    Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving memoir told in stories, in which Ivan recounts the pleasures and difficulties of growing up a tomboy in Canada's north, and how they learned to embrace their tomboy past when they later identified as dyke and finally as trans.
    Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

    Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue - Nicholas M. Teich

    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. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism.
    Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

    Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity - Julia Serano

    In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations - both pre- and post-transition - to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.
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