Titles for Transgender Day of Remembrance

By Colleen Rowe | November 19 2021 | Gender and Sexuality Studies

November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. We’ve put together a list of books to spread awareness about the lives of transgender people and provide educational resources on gender.

 

Gender Outlaw

Gender Outlaw was decades ahead of its time when it was first published in 1994. Now, some twenty-odd years later, this book stands as both a classic and a still-revolutionary work—one that continues to push us gently but profoundly to the furthest borders of the gender frontier.

 

Tomorrow Will Be Different

Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is Sarah McBride’s story of love and loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQIA+ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender. 

 

Dear Senthuran

In this extraordinary memoir, Akwaeke Emezi weaves through transformative decisions about their gender and body, their precipitous path to success as a writer, and the turmoil of relationships on an emotional, romantic, and spiritual plane, culminating in a book that is as tender as it is brutal.

 

Unbound 

In this powerful, timely, and eye-opening account, Arlene Stein documents the varied ways younger trans men see themselves, drawing from dozens of interviews with transgender people and their friends and families, as well as with activists and medical and psychological experts.

 

Becoming Nicole

Here is 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 uniqueness in us all. It’s a story of standing up for your beliefs and yourself—and it will inspire all of us to do the same.

 

Sissy 

A deeply personal story of trauma and healing, a powerful reflection on gender and self-acceptance, Sissy is a heart-wrenching and eye-opening memoir about what it’s like to grow up not sure if you’re (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above.

 

Fairest

Here is a singular, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir of a Filipino boy with albinism whose story travels from an immigrant childhood to Harvard to a gender transition and navigates through the complex spheres of race, class, sexuality, and the author’s place within the gay community. 

 

She’s Not There

She’s Not There is the unconventional memoir of a person who changes genders, a portrait of a loving marriage that withstands a radical change, and a revealing look at society’s folly in over-emphasizing the importance of fixed gender roles. Jennifer Boylan explores the dramatic outward changes and unexpected results of life as a woman.

 

Burn the Page

Burn the Page is an inspirational memoir-meets-manifesto by Danica Roem, the nation’s first openly trans person elected to US state legislature, about how it’s possible to set fire to the stories you don’t want to be in anymore and rewrite your own future, whether that’s running for politics, in your work, or your personal life.


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Gender Outlaw
On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us
978-1-101-97324-0
“I know I’m not a man . . . and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m probably not a woman, either. . . . . The trouble is, we’re living in a world that insists we be one or the other.” With these words, Kate Bornstein ushers readers on a funny, fearless, and wonderfully scenic journey across the terrains of gender and identity. On one level, Gender Outlaw details Bornstein’s transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman, from a one-time IBM salesperson to a playwright and performance artist. But this particular coming-of-age story is also a provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, from a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke who never stops questioning our cultural assumptions.
$16.00 US
Nov 15, 2016
Paperback
320 Pages
Vintage


Dear Senthuran
A Black Spirit Memoir
978-0-593-32919-1
A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times-bestselling author, "a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self" (Esquire).
$27.00 US
Jun 08, 2021
Hardcover
240 Pages
Riverhead Books

Unbound
Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity
978-1-101-97249-6
Unbound is an intimate portrait of a new generation of transmasculine individuals as they undergo gender transitions.
$16.95 US
May 14, 2019
Paperback
352 Pages
Vintage

Becoming Nicole
The inspiring story of transgender actor-activist Nicole Maines and her extraordinary family
978-0-8129-9543-5
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLEAND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MEN’S JOURNAL• A STONEWALL HONOR BOOK IN NONFICTION • FINALIST FOR THE LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FOR TRANSGENDER NONFICTION
$18.00 US
Jun 07, 2016
Paperback
320 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Sissy
A Coming-of-Gender Story
978-0-7352-1884-0
THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Transformative ... If Tobia aspires to the ranks of comic memoirists like David Sedaris and Mindy Kaling, Sissy succeeds." --The New York Times Book Review (A Paperback Row Pick) A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir about what it's like to grow up not sure if you're (a) a boy, (b) a girl, (c) something in between, or (d) all of the above. "A beautiful book . . . honest and funny."--Trevor Noah, The Daily Show "Sensational."--Tyler Oakley "Jacob Tobia is a force." --Good Morning America "A trans Nora Ephron . . . both honest and didactic." --OUT Magazine "A rallying cry for anyone who's ever felt like they don't belong." --Woman's Day
$17.00 US
Mar 03, 2020
Paperback
352 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons



Burn the Page
A True Story of Torching Doubts, Blazing Trails, and Igniting Change
978-0-593-29655-4
An inspirational memoir-meets-manifesto by Danica Roem, the nation's first openly trans person elected to US state legislature
$27.00 US
Apr 26, 2022
Hardcover
320 Pages
Viking