Today is Transgender Day of Visibility, so here are some things to be aware of:
1. Trans people are valid.
2. Trans people are not a threat.
3. Trans rights are under attack.
4. Trans people need active allyship now more than ever.
From harmful rhetoric spread by famous transphobes to recent anti-trans legislation, hate crimes to homelessness, lack of access to healthcare to unaccepting families–our transgender siblings need our support. Click here to learn more and see how you can help
While it’s important to spread awareness about these issues, it is also important to celebrate and uplift trans voices. Today, you can support trans authors by checking out these five amazing books about both the struggle and the beauty of being trans.
1. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Russo is a Trans woman and her book, If I Was Your Girl, is about Amanda, a high school senior at a new school. She quickly befriends a boy named Grant, but when she starts to have feelings for him, she must decide if she’ll come out to him as trans. This is a beautiful book that embodies much of the struggle that trans youth face.
2. Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings
This autobiography by Jazz Jennings covers her experiences with coming out and transitioning at a young age, then being thrust into the spotlight as the public curiously followed her journey. After a groundbreaking interview at the age of five, Jennings became a public figure and later an activist for trans rights. She writes about her journey and the trials and triumphs she has faced along the way.
3. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Pet is a young adult book that uses magical realism to explore intense themes. The main character, Jam, is faced with difficult decisions as the adults in her life refuse to believe that monsters are real. Emezi, as well as Jam, are both Black trans people and their stories provide us with hope and inspiration.
4. Gender Queer by Maya Kobabe
Gender Queer is an autobiography in graphic novel form that tells the story of Maya’s childhood as e came to terms with eir gender identity and sexuality, came out to family, and found queer friends and space where ey were comfortable and accepted. As someone who is both nonbinary and asexual, Maya explores the topic of identity beautifully.
5. Nevada by Imogene Binnie
Nevada follows a young trans woman named Maria Griffiths. Maria clings to her punk roots as she tries to make it in New York City while working in retail. When her girlfriend is exposed for lying to her, Maria embarks on a life-changing journey.
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