These are our suggested books, articles and movies for individuals interested in learning more about the transgender and nonbinary experience. 

 
 
 

Books to Read

 

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Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive

By Julia Serano

As a trans woman, bisexual, and femme activist, Julia Serano spent much of the decade challenging various forms of exclusion within feminist and queer/LGBTQ movements. In Excluded, she chronicles many of these instances of exclusion and argues that marginalizing others often stems from a handful of assumptions that are routinely made about gender and sexuality. Serano advocates for a new approach to fighting sexism that avoids these pitfalls and offers new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, and sexism that foster inclusivity rather than exclusivity.

 

 
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Redefining Realness

By Janet Mock

Mock’s deeply honest and exposing account of her experiences as a young, poor, trans woman of color offers a critical voice to one of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in America. Mock portrays a powerful yet accessible window into one woman’s journey for self-realization and acceptance, demonstrating the unique challenges of a trans woman of color, and the incredible possibilities that come along with embracing yourself, your identity, and ultimately one another.

 

 

 

 

Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law

By Dean Spade

Much of the legal advocacy for trans and gender nonconforming people in the US has reflected the civil rights and "equality" strategies of mainstream gay and lesbian organizations—agitating for legal reforms that would ostensibly guarantee equal access, nondiscrimination, and equal protection under the law. Spade raises revelatory critiques of the current strategies pivoting solely on a "legal rights framework," but also points to examples of an organized grassroots trans movement that is demanding the most essential of legal reforms in addition to making more comprehensive interventions into dangerous systems of repression—and the administrative violence that ultimately determines our life chances.

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Stone Butch Blues

By Leslie Feinberg

Stone Butch Blues is a powerful novel that traces a propulsive journey, evoking history and politics while portraying an extraordinary protagonist full of longing, vulnerability, and working-class grit. This once-underground classic takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of gender transformation and exploration and ultimately speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever suffered or gloried in being different.

 
 

Movies and Docs To Watch

 

The Trans List

HBO

Directed and shot by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, The Trans List highlights the lives of transgender Americans.  With interviews by Janet Mock, individuals share their thoughts, insights, and emotions on deeply personal subjects, triumphs and struggles, the fight for equality and Trans rights. 

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Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric

National Geographic Channel

A comprehensive look at gender identity and expression, produced by Katie Couric. With first hand advice, narrative and education from top gender activists and specialists, as well as cutting edge research affirming gender exploration and creativity. A great introduction to Transgender and gender creative identities and expressions. 

 
 

 

Articles to Check Out

Corporate America: Get Ready for Trans Employees

By Jacom Anderson-Minshall, The Advocate

 

Research: Why Employer Support Is So Important for Transgender Employees

By Christian Thoroughgood and Katina Sawyer, Harvard Business Review

 

How To Tell Your Parents That Gender Pronouns Matter

By Cloe Sasha, TED Content Producer, Huffpost 

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For Parents 

These are our suggested books and movies for adults, caretakers, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about transgender, non-binary, and gender independent kids! 

 

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The Gender creative child

By Diane Ehrensaft. PhD

This book offers  up-to-date psychological research in support of gender creative, or gender independent children.  Ehrensaft devoted her career to supporting families in affirming their gender independent children. This resource is indispensable to adults who are seeking to gain answers, insights, and understanding around gender creativity in children. Ehrensaft  provides tools to help adults advocate and mobilize for a more gender-equitable future.

 

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids

By Danielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo

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While this book is predominantly about understanding sexuality and sexual orientation, there are some helpful chapters that provide insights into gender identity. Written in an accessible Q&A format,  this resource is for parents hoping to understand and communicate with their LGBTQ child. In general, this book offers thoughtful and important discussion on how and when to talk openly with others about your child's gender or sexual identity. Through their LGBTQ-oriented site, the authors are uniquely experienced to answer parents' many questions and share insight and guidance on both emotional and practical topics. Filled with real-life experiences from gay kids and parents, this is the book gay kids want their parents to read

 

These are our suggested books and movies for adults, caretakers, teachers and anyone interested in learning more about transgender, non-binary, and gender independent kids! 

 
 
 

Books to Read

 

Redefining Realness

By Janet Mock

Mock’s deeply honest and exposing account of her experiences as a young, poor, trans woman of color offers a critical voice to one of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in America. Mock portrays a powerful yet accessible window into one woman’s journey for self-realization and acceptance, demonstrating the unique challenges of a trans woman of color, and the incredible possibilities that come along with embracing yourself, your identity, and ultimately one another.

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The Gender creative child

By Diane Ehrensaft. PhD

In need of up-to-date psychological research in support of gender creative children? Look no further! Ehrensaft has devoted her career to supporting families in affirming their gender independent children. This resource is indispensable to adults who are seeking to advocate and mobilize for a more gender-equitable future.

 

 

Supporting Transgender & gender creative Youth 

By Elizabeth J Meyer & Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

An accessible book of guiding principles, important research, and social action methods for cultivating spaces that support Transgender children and youth.  A helpful resource for practitioners, families, school communities and educators. The authors artfully debunk and address the influence of psychiatric diagnoses, legal implication and developmental research. 

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Stuck in the middle with you 

By Jennifer Finney Boylan

Jennifer Finney Boylan, a parent and Trans woman, tells of her simultaneous parenting and gender journey. She delves deeper into the meaning of motherhood, fatherhood and parenting with interviews of individuals with unique and remarkable stories about what it means to be a family. These interviews approach intersections of gender and parenting with an open-heart and curious mind. 

 
 

Movies and Docs To Watch

 

The Trans List

HBO

Directed and shot by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, The Trans List highlights the lives of transgender Americans.  With interviews by Janet Mock, individuals share their thoughts, insights, and emotions on deeply personal subjects, triumphs and struggles, the fight for equality and Trans rights. 

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Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric

National Geographic Channel

A comprehensive look at gender identity and expression, produced by Katie Couric. With first hand advice, narrative and education from top gender activists and specialists, as well as cutting edge research affirming gender exploration and creativity. A great introduction to Transgender and gender creative identities and expressions. 

 

 

Raising Ryland

CNN

A heartwarming story about one family's love and support for their young child, a Transgender kindergartener named Ryland. Complete with interviews of Ryland's parents and Ryland himself. This short film focuses on how Ryland gained the emotional strength and  language skills to communicate his gender identity to his family, and how his family mobilized to support their child in the home and greater community. Watch online free! 

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Book for Kids!

The following are books for children that promote a positive message or image of gender-nonconforming, trans identities, and/or intersectional identities 

 
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Red: A Crayon's STory

by Michael Hall

The story of a mislabeled crayon, who finds his true blue color with the help of an open-minded friend. His blue insides are all wrapped up in a red label, he tries to draw red hearts and his loved ones try to fix him, to no avail. He struggles until a friend with an unbiased perspective asks him to draw the ocean. A heartwarming story of self-acceptance and perseverance. 

 

 

I am Jazz 

By Jazz Jennings

The story of Transgender teen, Jazz Jennings. A lovely narrative of Jazz's gender journey narrated from her perspective. By the time she could speak, Jazz Jennings was asserting her identity as a girl. She tells of how she found her true self and the support of her family. 

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What Makes a Baby

By Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth

A story of how people bring a baby into a family, for every kind of family and every kind of kid. This is a wonderful example of the diverse identities, bodies and families who give birth to and raise children.

 

 

Meet Polkadot

The story of the struggles and experiences of Polkadot, a non-binary Transgender child. Supports early understandings of gender as in a person's heart and mind, rather than as defined by body parts. A beautiful representation of non-binary and gender independent young children.

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When a child is born,

A decision is made that will impact that child for the rest of their life. The binary gender that corresponds with the sex they were assigned at birth sets the course for that child's future.

At Argo, we believe that gender is personal. We believe that children make their own futures and we want to help establish thoughtful vocabulary from an early age so every child feels safe and supported as they grow and change and develop their own sense of who they are.

At Argo, we believe it's important to stay informed and feel confident in what you know and better understand what you don't. 

 

Terms and Phrases

 

Binary Gender

This concept defines gender as two and only two forms: Masculine/Male and Feminine/Female. This system makes the assumption that femininity corresponds to being female, and masculinity corresponds to being male, and that each is the other's opposite. This system leaves no room for people who identify as both/neither/or a fluid combination of masculine and feminine.


Cisgender (Cis)

A cisgender person is someone who is not transgender or transsexual, whose gender expression and identity aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth. 


Gender Development

Gender development is the process through which we all learn, understand, and identify with our gender. This process is unique and different for every person. 


Holistic Identity

Whole-Child

At Argo, we believe that gender is complex and unique to every individual. Our holistic gender education recognizes and embraces children and people as whole-humans rather than the sum of their parts.


Intersectionality

Intersectional identities

 

 

Derived from the works of feminists of color, intersectionality is used to describe the ways in which different forms of sexism, classism, racism, and other forms of marginalization all intersect and overlap with one another. The point of acknowledging intersectionality is to avoid the social tendency to pit one form of oppression against another, in what we call the  “oppression olympics.” Rather, we acknowledge that most people have overlapping experiences of marginalization that can't be separated or isolated.

For example, a trans woman of color experiences oppression as a woman, as a trans person, and as a woman of color. None of those identities outrank the others, but rather, those experiences intersect to form her full, intersectional identity.  


Personal* Pronouns

Gender terms used to refer to a person  (e.g. they, he, she, ze...etc.).  Asking someone their Personal Gender Pronouns (PGP)  is important because it validates that humans experience and does not make assumptions about their gender.

*As a note of clarification, it is a common misconception that "Preferred Gender Pronouns" is the respectful usage. A person's pronouns are an essential way to identify their existence, and not simply preferred, therefore we use the term Personal Gender Pronouns.  


Privilege 

Privilege is an unearned advantage, special right or social immunity granted to a person or group of people in society based on race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, as well as many other factors. There are many types of privilege and it is through examining the ways in which each individual experiences unearned benefits or freedoms that we discover the root of oppression and can innovate new dynamics and shift the paradigm.


Sex Assigned at Birth (SAAB) is a person's first association with gender determined at birth by external physical sex characteristics (genitalia). 

Sex Assigned at Birth


Transgender

Gender Independent

Non-Binary

Gender Non-Conforming (GNC)

 

 

Transgender is an umbrella term used to describe a person whose gender identity/expression/lived sex is something other than what they were assigned at birth.

Gender Independent and and Non-Binary are ways of identifying one's gender outside the binary gender categorization of male/masculine and female/feminine. 

Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) is a way of expressing oneself outside the binary gender categorization of male/masculine and female/feminine.

*There are many more terms used to describe a persons individual identity and expression that have not been included here. For a complete list, please send us a request! Everyone's expression is unique and beautiful and every person deserves their own way for identify themselves and their gender expression. 


 

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