Trans and Genderqueer Literature

I’m working on this list of titles by and about trans and genderqueer folks. It won’t be exhaustive, of course, but I do hope to create a nice little list. Students taking Trans and Genderqueer Literature will not, by any means, be expected to read everything on this list. This is simply a resource of some of the brilliant work being done by trans and genderqueer folks. Please do let me know the names of texts, authors, or artists I may have missed. Thank you!


  • Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Edited by TC Tolbert and Trace Peterson.
  • and then entwine. Jai Arun Ravine.
  • The Definition of Joy; Coming to Life; Transmigration; Book of Anna; Alternatives to History; Psalms. Joy Ladin.
  • Boy with Flowers. Ely Shipley.
  • No Gender: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards. Edited by E. Grinnell, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, and Erika Kaufman.
  • Seasonal Velocities. Ryka Aoki.
  • Choke; Love Poem to Androgyny; the lake has no saint. Stacey Waite.
  • Stealth. Samuel Ace and Maureen Seaton.
  • Since I Moved In. Trace Peterson.
  • Gephyromania; territories of folding; spirare. TC Tolbert.
  • Lyric Sexology; Wanting in Arabic. Trish Salah.
  • Ecodeviance; The Book of Frank; A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon. CA Conrad.
  • Life in a Box is a Pretty Life; Discipline; A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering. Dawn Lundy Martin.
  • What’s Personal is Being Here with All of You. Ari Banias.
  • Sir. HR Hegnauer.
  • The Marrow’s Telling; Exile and Pride. Eli Clare.
  • Forensics of the Chamber; Long Past the Presence of Common; The Yet to be Pronounced Pronouns. j/j hastain.
  • Object with Man’s Face; Telephone. Jen Jay Besemer.
  • Ghost Box. Emerson Whitney.
  • Terror Matrix. Zoe Tuck.
  • almost any shit will do. Emji Spero.
  • The Spectral Wilderness. Oliver Bendorf.
  • Last Psalm at Sea Level. Meg Day.


  • The Collection. Edited by Tom Léger & Riley MacLeod.
  • Man Alive. Thomas Page McBee.
  • He Mele A Hilo. Ryka Aoki.
  • Nevada. Imogen Binnie.
  • Stone Butch Blues. Leslie Feinberg.
  • Sacred Country. Rose Tremain.
  • I am J. Cris Beam.
  • Choir Boy. Charlie Anders.
  • Roving Pack. Sassafrass Lowry.
  • Some of the Parts; The Beaufort Diaries; Lipshitz Six or Two Angry Blondes. T Cooper.
  • Trumpet by Jackie Kay
  • Kill Marguerite and Other Stories. Megan Milks.

Non-fiction (creative):

  • Redefining Realness. Janet Mock.
  • Gender Outlaw. Kate Bornstein.
  • A Queer and Pleasant Danger. Kate Bornstein.
  • Real Man Adventures. T Cooper.
  • I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman. Toni D. Newman.
  • The Testosterone Files. Max Wolf Valerio.
  • Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender. Nick Krieger.
  • She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders. Jennifer Finney Boylan.
  • My Gender Workbook. Kate Bornstein.
  • The Last Time I Wore a Dress. Dylan Scholinski.
  • Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Trans Memoirs. Edited by Jonathan Ames.
  • My Husband Betty: Love, Sex, and Life with a Crossdresser. Helen Boyd.
  • The Woman I Was Not Born to Be: A Transsexual Journey. Aleshia Brevard.
  • Tango: My Childhood Backwards and in High Heels. Mx. Justin Vivian Bond.
  • Conundrum. Jan Morris.
  • Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders. Joy Ladin.
  • Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community. Noach Dzmura.
  • Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity. Edited by Mattilda a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore.
  • That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation.  Edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.
  • “Self Made Man” essays. Thomas Page McBee on The Rumpus.
  • My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely. Kate Bornstein.

Non-fiction (theory/history):

  • The Transgender Studies Reader (volume I or II). Edited by Dr. Susan Stryker and Dr. Stephen Whittle and Dr. Aren Aizura. Routledge. 2006, 2013.
  • Transgender History. Susan Stryker.
  • Transliberation: Beyond Pink or Blue. Leslie Feinberg.
  • Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Feminism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Julia Serrano.
  • Queer Theory, Gender Theory. Riki Wilchins.
  • In a Queer Time and Place. Judith Jack Halberstam.
  • Female Masculinity. Judith Halberstam.
  • The Queer Art of Failure. Jack Halberstam.
  • Gender Trouble. Judith Butler.
  • Transgender Warriors:  Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman. Leslie Feinberg.
  • Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law. Dean Spade.


  • Two-Spirits (documentary about murdered Navajo teen Fred Martinez)
  • A Girl Like Me: the Gwen Araujo Story (documentary about murdered transwoman in California)
  • Tom/Trans/Thai
  • Stud Life
  • Beautiful Boxer
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything
  • Ma Vie en Rose
  • By Hook or By Crook
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Southern Comfort
  • The Aggressives
  • Call Me Malcolm
  • It Gets Messy in Here
  • Wildness

Visual/Performance/Dance Artists:

  • Jai Arun Ravine
  • D’Lo
  • Wu Tsang
  • Rae Strozzo
  • Del la Grace Volcano
  • Simon Croft
  • Dylan Scholinski
  • Loren Cameron
  • Amos Mac
  • Sean Dorsey
  • Tobaron Waxman
  • Kamari, aka Lyrikal
  • Diamond Stylz

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