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Recommendation: Flying Cups & Saucers


Joss/Ame recommends…

Book cover of "Flying Cups & Saucers - Gender Explorations in Science Fiction & Fantasy".

Flying Cups & Saucers
A science fiction anthology book

I found this gem of a collection whilst wandering through my university’s library — in particular, the few shelves tucked away on the seventh floor containing science fiction anthologies by women and queer people… The short stories it contains are all winners of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for science fiction and fantasy that explores the boundaries of gender and sexuality. Some are old favorites like Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Matter of Seggri”, while some I had never heard of before and instantly fell in love with, like Eleanor Arnason’s “The Lovers”. All of the pieces play with gender roles and expectations in settings at once fantastical and exquisitely human. If you like speculative fiction, I would highly recommend this book.

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Posted by on May 26th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Gender Book


Aubri recommends…

genderbook-genderidentity

Gender Book
digital book

This digital book is like a gender 101. It would be very helpful to start the conversation with someone who doesn’t know anything about gender. It’s also very affirming to browse for someone who is gender non-conforming in one form or another. I also like that it’s open access and they encourage people to download and distribute it.

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Posted by on April 18th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Attention: People With Body Parts


Lexie Bean recommends…

Line drawings in many colors of many body types.

Attention: People With Body Parts
A book and letter campaign

“Attention: People With Body Parts” commenced as a drive to collect letters from folks who have written to one of their body parts. Our bodies are filled with histories and identities, which change the way people look at each other and look in the mirror. Together, we self-construct and self-destruct our bodies. This project is about accessibility of control, celebration, and space for connection to and from body parts. This project is about establishing safe spaces for anyone who has been told or forced to believe safety is not something he/she/ze/they can find within the home, the body.

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Posted by on April 14th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Sexing the Cherry


Arca recommends…

Book cover of Jeanette Winterson's "Sexing the Cherry", illustration by Olaf Hajek

The universe of this book is where any queer can find a good home, a place to hide away in. You’ll get lost between the lines, you’ll never think of time the same way again.

The only way you can identify a person in this book is by their name. Sex and gender are irrelevant. Sex and gender are relevant. Sex and gender are skewed and warped and spat out in a way that makes so much sense.

You’ll feel good after reading it. You’ll feel validation, you’ll feel smarter, you’ll become more inquisitive. Maybe you’ll feel less lonely. Just read it. It’s an experience.

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Posted by on March 25th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Bootleg Poems


Selena Anne (but Andy works, too) recommends…

Bootleg Poems and Poems from Big Pink
Two books that have poems and photos that have something to do with transgender exploration

Here is a whimsical, yet serious, poem from my book:

THE SATIN TREE

In Siberia
there is a tree
that oozes satin
Russian cross-dressers
make the arduous journey there
to pray and bathe
in its glory

One day
a man in angelic drag
cried out,
“There is no satin tree,
it is a fake”

“Pay no attention to him,”
said a soldier
in black bra and matching tap pants,
“his stockings have runs,
his wig is in tangles,
and his wings are made of cardboard”

“Still we must investigate,”
said a government official
in towering heels,
he took samples of the ooze
and headed back to Moscow

On his way back home,
the ooze seeped
out of his bag,
onto the streets,
underneath doorways,
and into master bedrooms

Even though
it was the dead of winter,
a strange joy
hovered over Moscow

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Posted by on March 21st, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Troubling the Line


Tim Trace Peterson recommends…

Book cover of "Troubling the Line". It shows a person spinning fire at night.

As far as we know, this is the first-ever anthology of poetry by trans and genderqueer writers! “Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics”, edited by TC Tolbert and me (Nightboat Books, 2013) gathers together a diverse range of 55 poets with varying aesthetics and backgrounds. In addition to generous samples of poetry by each trans writer, the book also includes “poetics statements”—reflections by each poet that provide context for their work covering a range of issues from identification and embodiment to language and activism.

You can order the book at Small Press Distribution.

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Posted by on February 23rd, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Beauty Queens


Someone recommends…

The story begins as a simple one, a plane full of contestants in the Miss Teen Dream beauty pageant crashlands on a seemingly deserted island. The girls must now learn to survive with each other while either holding on to the competition or building a community. Things get more complicated as the girls explore themselves (and each other) in the context of their new found freedom.

The enchanting story is set to a background of satirical footnotes, “commercial breaks,” and sponsor’s notes. The book, like everything else in the dystopic society the girls left, is sponsored by The Corporation.

An overall great read from an overall great author.

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Posted by on January 27th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Eon


Someone recommends…

EonCover

Eon
A book by Alison Goodman

Though primarily a fantasy story based in ancient China, the main character is a boy called Eon — who is actually a biological female. While at first sie is “pretending” so that sie can train with the other boys, the book has some very thoughtful moments where Eon starts to wonder whether it really is acting, or whether sie actually feels male at heart. Even the synopsis of the book online calls hir “he”, even though it is never actually clarified in the first book whether sie feels male or female or other.

There are other characters that tackle gender issues such a trans woman, who is treated respectfully as truly female. The book, overall, handles gender issues very well even though they aren’t the focal point of the novel and I’d really recommend reading it for any genderqueer lover of fantasy novels.

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Posted by on December 29th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: An Awaited Reckoning


Someone recommends…

Book cover in black and red, showing a vaguely Greek-style circular painting in simple lines

A great book with a unique twist on the Werewolf genre! This book is full of LGBT*Q characters, focusing on Devon Andrews, and her death and re-birth into this underworld which she never expected (or even knew existed). There’s some great gender play in here, and I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but if you’re a fan of horror or werewolves, this has a great cast of characters for readers to identify with.

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Posted by on December 15th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Annabel


DonC recommends…

Cover of "Annabel" by Kathleen Winter, showing the naked torso of an androgynous/boyish young teenager, looking straight into the viewer's eyes.

Annabel
A novel

‘Annabel’, by Kathleen Winter, is the story of a child born in 1968 on the edge of the Canadian wilderness. The child is born a hermaphrodite. Shortly after birth, the decision is made to raise the child as a boy, christened Wayne. The child’s true biological status is kept a secret by the parents and the local medical community. Maintaining this secret causes many problems for the child and parents.

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Posted by on November 19th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Breakfast on Pluto


tigr recommends…

Poster for the film "Breakfast on Pluto" by Neil Jordan, starring Cillian Murphy. A black shadow outline of the protagonist, holding an unfolded pink umbrella.

Breakfast on Pluto
Film (Also: book)

“Breakfast on Pluto” is a wonderful tale, following the adventures of Patrick “Kitten” Braden (Cillian Murphy! <3) from close-minded small town, via a run-in with the IRA, to London in search of Kitten’s lost mother. Fabulous! With darker parts dotted throughout, but really heart-warming in the end. :)

The film is based on the book with the same title (but I only saw the film; haven’t yet read the book).

There’s also a pretty cool official site (flash only, unfortunately).

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Posted by on September 24th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Here, We Cross


Anna May recommends…

Book cover of "Here, We Cross": "a collection of queer & genderfluid poetry from Stone Telling 1-7". Edited by Rose Lemberg.

Here, We Cross
A book of speculative poetry

“Here, We Cross” is a collection of queer and genderfluid poetry from issues 1-7 of Stone Telling magazine. It includes poems about both trans* and genderqueer identities and issues, and all of them are powerful, amazing poems. The chapbook is available via Amazon.

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Posted by on August 13th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Tango


Erica recommends…

Book cover of "Tango"

Though it deals with trigger-warning worthy topics such as homophobia, transphobia, and sexual abuse, Justin Bond’s memoir about v’s childhood in small-town Maryland is definitely worth reading. Bond, a “boy”, is obsessed with old-time Hollywood stars like Rita Hayworth, listens to Elton John with his best female friend, and dances like Ginger Rogers. All of these interests are treated by v’s family as if they were symptoms of a shameful secret. Struggling with difference in a world out of the reach of the 1969 Stonewall riots, v and his grade and high school friends stumble through homosexual desire, sexual abuse, and trans issues while on boyscout trips, in tree houses, or in middle-class girl’s rooms lined with stuffed animals.

The lies that simmer under the surface of tranquil suburbia aren’t a new theme in literature, but Bond takes a trope usually used in midlife crisis stories and reworks it as aggressively queer. This isn’t a coming out story so much as a portrait of what LGBT looked like before gender theory and the Internet age busted these secrets wide open.

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Posted by on August 7th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: a+e 4ever


tigr recommends…

Cover of a+e 4ever, a graphic novel by ilike merey. Two young, androgynous-looking people lie in a bed, under a single blanket, looking at each other, half drawn together, half shying apart.

a+e 4ever
graphic novel

a+e 4ever is the story of two gender/queer teenagers in high school, their friendship, and their exploration of their gender and sexuality. Black and white and dark and still really sweet. Beautiful and heartwrenching. Not for everyone [tw: rape, bullying, sex/nudity], but an amazing read. I didn’t manage to put it down till I finished it crying bittersweetly…

(The book has its playlist at the very back, if you’d like a soundtrack while reading!)

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Posted by on June 16th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Roland Humphrey is Wearing a WHAT?


Soo recommends…

Book cover of "Roland Humphrey is Wearing a WHAT?": A young child with short blonde hair skips over a lawn in a purple cape fastened with a yellow butterfly, wearing a baseball glove. They are dressed in a green-magenta striped T-shirt, blue shorts and purple sneakers. There are flowers along the bottom of the foreground, and bushes looking like green footballs in the background.

“Roland Humphrey is Wearing a WHAT?” is a picture book for children from the perspective of a young child who can’t understand why kids must be dressed according to their gender. Roland Humphrey loves hockey, but also ballet; Roland Humphrey wears pants but also lavender shoes, tiaras and sparkly butterfly pins. When friends criticize Roland for breaking the “boy rules,” the child tries to conform. But eventually Roland Humphrey decides being true to one’s self is all that matters. For readers of “My Princess Boy” and “10,000 Dresses” who are looking for another addition to their children’s book library and/or recommendations.

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Posted by on June 10th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Exile and Pride by Eli Clare


Sunshine Wolfe recommends…

Eli Clare is one of my favorite genderqueer, queer, disability, and class activists. Zi is also a great racial justice ally. This book is poetic, personal, and powerful. One of my favorite sections includes the lines— “The body as home, but only if it is understood that bodies can be stolen… The body as home, but only if stolen bodies can be reclaimed.”

I highly encourage reading Eli Clare’s work and checking out hir website.

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Posted by on November 5th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: “Trans-Sister Radio” by Chris Bohjalian


Juli Myers recommends…

This is, without a doubt, the best and most accurate portrayal of a trans woman’s life (and I am speaking as one) that I have ever read. The story is narrated from the points of view of all of the main characters, and the thoughts and feelings of the trans woman in this book could have been lifted from my head. She and her situation are treated with what can only be described as love. Over the years, I have read many reviews of this book, some good, some so-so. However, from the point of view of someone who could be the main character, it’s a must-read for anyone – trans or not.

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Posted by on November 1st, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Confessions of an Empty Purse


S. McDonald recommends…

“Confessions of an Empty Purse” is a poetic transmemoir of growing up “gender terrified” in Toronto’s “Cabbagetown” in the ’60s and ’70s — passion and fear, laughter, nightmares and dysphoria, preservation, degradation, dreams and pride … and it really happened. I was – am – there.

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Posted by on May 28th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: How Loathsome


Rogan recommends…

How Loathsome
A comic book

This comic book was the first time I found out trans guys existed. Now, five or six years later and having plowed through a LOT of trans lit, I don’t think I could’ve done much better, as far as intros go.

Many of the characters bend gender here, and none attempt suicide, get disowned, or get bashed for it–mainly because they have other things going on in their lives. Like go to crazy parties, try to kick drugs, or perform at drag shows.

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Posted by on January 16th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Monstrous Regiment


Heron recommends…
Monstrous Regiment

In a backwater country constantly mired in religious and social conflict with its neighbors, Polly finds herself enlisting (a big no-no in the land of Borogravia) as a man (another no-no!) so she can save her missing brother and save the family business. She’s joined by a rag-tag team of young enlistees and their old-timer sergeant. But … is everything as it seems?

As deadly serious as the situation seems, it’s a very funny, clever, yet touching at times look at gender roles. Pratchett’s pretty irreverent about a lot of things, so don’t go in expecting a manifesto – expect to laugh and nod.

Without spoiling too much, Genderfork readers will find each enlistee has their own story and their fates, identities, and relationships are sometimes left purposefully ambiguous.

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Posted by on January 4th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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