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Must-Read Books by Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Authors

Whether you’re looking for a fast-paced fantasy or an inspiring memoir, there’s a book for you on this list! Celebrate transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming authors by reading their powerful and beloved stories.

This Pride Month, share your favorite book by an LGBTQ+ author and the words they wrote that inspired you to be you using #InYourWords on social media!

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    Dear Senthuran Book Cover Picture
    Dear Senthuran Book Cover Picture

    Dear Senthuran

    by Akwaeke Emezi

    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.

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    Dear Senthuran Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Confessions of the Fox Book Cover Picture
    Confessions of the Fox Book Cover Picture

    Confessions of the Fox

    by Jordy Rosenberg

    Jack Sheppard and Edgeworth Bess were the most notorious thieves, jailbreakers, and lovers of eighteenth-century London. Reeling from heartbreak, a scholar named Dr. Voth discovers a long-lost manuscript—a gender-defying exposé of Jack and Bess’s adventures. Is Confessions of the Fox an authentic autobiography or a hoax?
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    Confessions of the Fox Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Tomorrow Will Be Different Book Cover Picture
    Tomorrow Will Be Different Book Cover Picture

    Tomorrow Will Be Different

    by Sarah McBride

    Sarah McBride, the first openly transgender state senator in U.S. history,  shares her story of love and loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender.
    Tomorrow Will Be Different Book Cover Picture
    Tomorrow Will Be Different Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Book Cover Picture
    Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Book Cover Picture

    Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

    by Andrea Lawlor

    It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a flaneur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Paul transforms his body and his gender at will as he crossed the country––a journey and adventure through the deep queer archives of struggle and pleasure.
    Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Book Cover Picture
    Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    The Passing Playbook Book Cover Picture
    The Passing Playbook Book Cover Picture

    The Passing Playbook

    by Isaac Fitzsimons

    Spencer Harris seems to have it all: a decent shot at a starting position on the boy’s soccer team, great friends, and maybe even something more than friendship with one of his teammates. The only problem is, no one at school knows Spencer is trans—he’s passing. Spencer has to decide if he should be true to himself even though it means coming out to everyone—including the guy he’s falling for.

    The Passing Playbook Book Cover Picture
    The Passing Playbook Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Beyond the Gender Binary Book Cover Picture
    Beyond the Gender Binary Book Cover Picture

    Beyond the Gender Binary

    by Alok Vaid-Menon

    Pocket Change Collective is a series of small books with big ideas from today’s leading activists and artists. In this installment, Beyond the Gender Binary, Alok Vaid-Menon challenges the world to see gender not in black and white, but in full color. Taking from their own experiences as a gender-nonconforming artist, they show us that gender is a malleable and creative form of expression.
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    Beyond the Gender Binary Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $8.99

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    My Rainbow Book Cover Picture
    My Rainbow Book Cover Picture

    My Rainbow

    by DeShanna Neal and Trinity Neal

    A dedicated mom puts love into action as she creates the perfect rainbow-colored wig for her transgender daughter, based on the real-life experience of mother-daughter advocate duo Trinity and DeShanna Neal.
    My Rainbow Book Cover Picture
    My Rainbow Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Being Jazz Book Cover Picture
    Being Jazz Book Cover Picture

    Being Jazz

    by Jazz Jennings

    Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community.
    Being Jazz Book Cover Picture
    Being Jazz Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $10.99

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    Detransition, Baby Book Cover Picture
    Detransition, Baby Book Cover Picture

    Detransition, Baby

    by Torrey Peters

    This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach. Torrey Peters brilliantly and fearlessly navigates the most dangerous taboos around gender, sex, and relationships, gifting us a thrillingly original, witty, and deeply moving novel.

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    Detransition, Baby Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Zenobia July Book Cover Picture
    Zenobia July Book Cover Picture

    Zenobia July

    by Lisa Bunker

    The critically acclaimed author of Felix Yz crafts a bold, heartfelt story about a trans girl solving a cyber mystery and coming into her own. Timely and touching, Zenobia July is, at its heart, a story about finding home.
    Zenobia July Book Cover Picture
    Zenobia July Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    I'm Afraid of Men Book Cover Picture
    I'm Afraid of Men Book Cover Picture

    I’m Afraid of Men

    by Vivek Shraya

    Vivek Shraya explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl–and how we might reimagine gender for the twenty-first century.
    I'm Afraid of Men Book Cover Picture
    I'm Afraid of Men Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $16.00

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    Sissy Book Cover Picture
    Sissy Book Cover Picture

    Sissy

    by Jacob Tobia

    A deeply personal story of trauma and healing, a powerful reflection on gender and self-acceptance, and a hilarious guidebook for wearing tacky clip-on earrings in today’s world, Sissy guarantees you’ll never think about gender–both other people’s and your own–the same way again.  
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    Sissy Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Gender Outlaw Book Cover Picture
    Gender Outlaw Book Cover Picture

    Gender Outlaw

    by Kate Bornstein

    Gender Outlaw details Kate 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, pushing us gently but profoundly to the furthest borders of the gender frontier.

    Gender Outlaw Book Cover Picture
    Gender Outlaw Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Long Black Veil Book Cover Picture
    Long Black Veil Book Cover Picture

    Long Black Veil

    by Jennifer Finney Boylan

    Weaving deftly between 1980 and the present day, and told in an unforgettable voice, Long Black Veil is a novel about a woman whose family and identity are threatened by the secrets of her past and an intensely atmospheric thriller that explores the meaning of identity, loyalty, and love.
    Long Black Veil Book Cover Picture
    Long Black Veil Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Fairest Book Cover Picture
    Fairest Book Cover Picture

    Fairest

    by Meredith Talusan

    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 illuminates the illusions of race, disability, and gender.
    Fairest Book Cover Picture
    Fairest Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Ship We Built Book Cover Picture
    The Ship We Built Book Cover Picture

    The Ship We Built

    by Lexie Bean

    Tender and wise, The Ship We Built is about the bravery it takes to stand up for yourself–even to those you love–and the power of finding someone who treasures you for everything you are.
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    The Ship We Built Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $8.99

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