This is the first of a series of posts about this month's transgender issue of Out Magazine, I wanted to list the books that they argue are essential reading and then add a few of my own to the list.
1. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
This book is always on everyone's top list of transbooks. I love Leslie Feinberg but think that this book is hard to read and a little too dark to be the best Transgender 101 book.
The other nine books plus some additions from me are after the jump.
2. Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
3. Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein
This book is a lot of fun and a good read.
4. Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography by Christine Jorgensen
5. Read My Lips by Riki Anne Wilchins
This book is fun as well and Riki has really interesting ways of understanding and articulating her identity. It is worth checking out.
6. Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal
This is the strangest book on the list to me. It just doesn't belong.
7. Trumpet by Jackie Kay
I read this book last year and really got into it. It was fun, easy to read and very well done.
8. Sublime Mutations
I had never heard of this book but it sounds really interesting.
9. The Transgender Studies Reader edited by Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle
I LOVE THIS COLLECTION.
10. The Last Time I Wore a Dress by Daphne Scholinski
I am ashamed to admit I own this book but haven't read it yet.
1. S/HE by Minnie Bruce Pratt
Minnie Bruce Pratt is the partner of Leslie Feinberg and a very accomplished writer, poet and activist in her own right. This collection is an interesting mixture of poetry and personal narrative. It talks a lot about crossing gender lines, the blurry lines between gender and sexuality and finally the experiences of loving a transgender individual. I highly recommend it for everyone but particularly partners of transmen who are struggling.
2. Transgender Rights by Paisley Currah, Richard Juang and Shannon Price Mentor.
This book is a wonderful introduction to literature about the transgender social movement. I find myself revisiting it over and over; when I was in Indiana working with the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance, we went so far as to buy a copy for each member of the board and other important leaders in the community.
I am curious about how many of the twelve books named above folks have read?
What books would you add?
Anyone you would take off the list?
Expect a few more posts from me about this issue of OUT this week.