Celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility With These 10 Books

A young black girl holds up the transgender flag surrounded by the words "International Transgender Day of Visibility"
Highlighting transgender accomplishments and history. Graphic design by Cheyenne Trujillo.

Today (Thursday, March 31) is the International Transgender Day of Visibility. People across the world are celebrating genderqueer identities and raising awareness of transgender issues.

Join in on the celebration with these 10 books offering different perspectives from the transgender and gender-diverse community! 

Half of a person's face peeking out from the bottom of the cover on a purple background with the words Growing Up Trans

Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words 

This book is a collection of stories, essays, art, and poetry created by trans youth ages 11—18 with a special submission from an adult reflecting on their life at their late age. 

Experts in the field of transgender studies also chime in with questions and tips to challenge and grow the reader to be a better trans ally. 

Two women standing back to back on a blue background with the words Sylvia and Marsha Start A Revolution!

This illustrated book introduces children to two critical activists in LGBTQ+ history. Read this age-friendly text about Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, who helped start the Stonewall Riots and fought for LGBTQ+ equality. 

Three well dressed people in black and white with the words Trans Medicine in yellow letters

Trans Medicine: The Emergence and Practice of Treating Gender

This book takes a deep dive into transgender medicine and how medical care providers make their decisions. Filled with ethnographic and archival research and interviews, shuster writes an informative and enlightening book. 

Three people stand staggered on the letters Fat and Queer as they fall down the cover

Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives

An anthology of prose and poetry, this book explores the intersection of fat and queer identities with raw emotion and powerful writing. 

This book has a 2021 Reads Rainbow Award in Nonfiction and might just introduce you to your new favorite writers.  

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Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction

This anthology features stories by Indigenous authors with two-spirit and queer characters as the lead characters. Read futuristic stories set in utopian and dystopian backdrops.  

A young Hawaiian child stands strong with the ocean behind them with the words Ho'onani: Hula Warriors

Ho'onani: Hula Warriors

This book is based on the true story of a young child finding the courage to lead the boys-only hula troupe in their school. Reviews called this book an empowering celebration of identity, acceptance, and Hawaiian culture. 

Watch the documentary A Place in the Middle to learn more about this story. 

A young black girl smiles with a rainbow wig of flowers in her hair against a yellow background

My Rainbow

On a quiet warm, morning during playtime, Trinity realizes that she wants long hair like her dolls, so she can truly feel herself. Yet things touching the back of her neck makes her feel sick.

Follow the true-life story of Trinity Neal and her mom, DeShanna Neal, as they find a way to honor her identity, her sensory-processing sensitivity, and her natural curls.

A blue sweater with a clothing tag that says Uncomfortable Labels

Uncomfortable Labels: My Life as a Gay Autistic Trans Woman 

Laura Kate Dale's memoir gives candid insight into the nuances of sexuality, gender, and autism and how they intersected in her life. 

Read her struggles and breakthroughs as she finds a way with honesty and humor to be herself. 

Seven caricatures in blue boxes surrounded by the words Don't Feed the Trolls

A unique coming-of-self story, this main character games under a male persona to avoid the wrath of internet trolls for being a gamer-girl. As she grows closer to her online friend Laura, feelings about her gender identity become more conflicting. 

What will she do when she has to make an appearance at the upcoming convention?  

A koi fish swimming in space behind the words Light From Uncommon Stars

Light From Uncommon Stars

I do not know how to summarize this book, so take goodreads' word for it: 

An adventure set in California's San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts. 

Enjoy reading!

Learn more and support our local LGBTQIA+ and transgender community by getting involved with these local organizations: TAKE and Magic City Acceptance Center

By Cheyenne Trujillo | Library Assistant Ⅲ, Public Relations