YA Books About Transgender Characters
There haven’t been a lot of young adult books published about transgender characters. This list is not meant to be a “best of” list — it is simply a list of the titles that we are aware of, and we are sure there are more we aren’t aware of. This list is limited to titles published specifically for a young adult audience, which means titles published for adults that teens might still enjoy aren’t included.
Do you have a favorite YA book about a transgender character? Please tell us why you loved it!
I want to give special shout-outs to Luna and Parrotfish, two of my favorite YA novels.
I’d also add that Every Day by David Levithan is, in a way, a really good book about a non-binary character. Part of what makes A and Rhiannon’s love story so unique and compelling is that it exists outside of binary constructions of gender and sex identity.
1:21 am • 13 June 2013 • 10,200 notes
Things that are not okay to say to a trans* person
||"I know you don't really go by it, but I'm going to still call you [birth name] because that's what I'm used to. Sorry"
||"don't be mad, but I don't think I'll ever be able to view you as a [gender] to be honest. Sorry'
||"I just don't feel comfortable using that name/those pronouns with you...you know?"
||"don't worry, I told them you were transgender"
9:18 pm • 20 May 2013 • 1,566 notes
And closing it again is long and painful, a bit more each time.
It always gets better until it gets worse again. I’m just frustrated because things are moving too slow for me and I just want to start to live. It will get better, it has to.
[Ma dysphorie est un montre dans une boîte. Une petite. Vielle. Boîte en carton.
Elle est toujours là mais pas visible, juste là.
La plupart du temps ça va. Mais des fois… Le monstre fait des trous.
Des petits trous, pour la plupart. Ou des gros trous.
Des fois… Le carton s’abîme. Le scotch aussi.
Des fois la boîte s’ouvre. Et le monstre s’échappe.
Et la refermer est long et douloureux, un peu plus chaque fois.]
9:30 pm • 13 May 2013 • 1,374 notes
Is skateboarding ready to embrace an open member of the LGBT community?
A few years ago I would have answered the following question with a definite no. Shit, even finding a home for this story would have proved difficult, if not impossible. For something as open minded and progressive as skateboarding it surprises people that this subject still remains taboo in so much of it.
More recently, however, as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) topics have come up on trips, in hotels, in vans – there’s a discussion, rather than a few awkward exchanges until someone changes the subject. These days, I hear more and more as people talk about a lesbian aunt, gay neighbor or transgendered friend. Which begs the question, “Does anyone really care?” And if they don’t, I think it’s time to be vocal about it and ask the opening question again. Is the skate community ready to openly embrace someone from the LGBT community?
I think so. I think it’s just waiting for someone to step up to the plate.
Welcome Hillary Thompson.
check out this great article about Hillary, an open transwoman skateboarder, here
3:22 pm • 22 March 2013 • 371 notes
Fuck Yeah FTMs!: A Warning to Those Ordering From the Self Made Men
Air on the side of caution with your address on that website if you’re not out to your family yet, or something of that sort. Despite the fact the website asks you to enter a shipping address, they ignore the shipping address you enter if you’re buying with paypal, and instead ship to the…
7:27 am • 4 March 2013 • 11 notes
Rarely have I ever been unhappy with my life. But I never thought I would ever be quite this happy and at peace with who I am and the decisions I’ve made.
Life is good.
5:28 pm • 31 January 2013 • 32,336 notes