These are our suggested books, articles and movies for individuals interested in learning more about the transgender and nonbinary experience.
Books to Read
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.
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.
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
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.
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
By Jay Bendett, Gender Inclusion - Argo Collective
By Jacom Anderson-Minshall, The Advocate
By Christian Thoroughgood and Katina Sawyer, Harvard Business Review