Teen (and up) Resources

All resources on this page were gathered by Ly Baumgardt (and lightly edited for clarity by Ty Gale). Not everything has been vetted by our organization so tread carefully!

Books

The problem is, as someone who has READ most of the trans teen books out right now, there is either rape scenes/other graphically violent scenes, or they were written by cis people and wildly outdated- usually both.

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Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen. “Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Through it all, her family has been beside her on this journey, standing together against those who don’t understand the true meaning of tolerance and unconditional love. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence–particularly high school–complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen.” Nonfiction

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. “Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference.” Nonfiction

Lizard Radio. Dystopian future with rigid gender roles and a nonbinary protagonist bent on destroying it, not only because they love a girl, but because they want to be who they are. Fiction

Nimona. It’s implied that Nimona is genderfluid and the main character is gay! Fiction, graphic novel

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition. Memoir written by a trans woman about being one of the first trans teens in the spotlight. Stories about her transition, experiences and feelings. Nonfiction

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg. “Published in 1993, this brave, original novel is considered to be the finest account ever written of the complexities of a transgender existence.” Content warning: rape, police brutality, transphobia. Fiction

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir. I think this is about a cis woman honestly, but talks about gender non conforming women. Nonfiction

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth. A comprehensive guide written by, for, and about transgender and genderqueer people. Nonfiction

Transgender Employment Experiences: Gendered Perceptions and the Law by Kyla Bender-Baird. Brings together the workplace experiences of transgender people with an assessment of current policy protections, using personal interviews, legal case histories, and transgender theory. Nonfiction

Transgender History by Susan Stryker. Stryker takes a chronological approach to transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to its publication in 2008 by examining movements, writings, and events. Nonfiction

Trans Teen Survival Guide. “Frank, friendly and funny, this must-read guide is packed full of advice from authors who understand the realities and complexities of growing up trans. Readers will come away empowered and armed with practical advice on how to navigate everything from coming out, clothes and pronouns, to wearing binders or packers, hormone therapy and self-care.” Nonfiction

Transgender Warriors: The Making of History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg. Feinberg (author of Stone Butch Blues) examines historical notions of gender, how they have shifted over time, and how societies that celebrated gender creativity and variance were structured. Nonfiction

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano. A collection of personal essays that debunk many of the myths and misconceptions that people have about transgender women, as well as the subject of gender in general. Content warning: Outdated language. Nonfiction