Advocate Bookshelf: Best Non-Fiction Transgender Books
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
November 19 2011 6:30 PM ET
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals ($12, Cleis)
Lesbian author Rachel Pepper and Stephanie A. Brill teamed up to create this guidebook, the first of its kind to look at the unique challenges facing families with children who are gender-variant or questioning. The Transgender Child includes extensive research and real information on laws and psychology and while it looks at gender from birth to college, the authors tackle questions many parents ask at some point in their lives including, "Is this just a phase?"
Gender Outlaw ($11, Vintage)
Author Kate Bornstein (above) is a transgender lesbian who has bucked the system, considering herself a true gender outlaw by challenging what folks think about
gender, sexual orientation, and womanhood. Gender Outlaw combines memoir with cultural critique and even her own dramatic writing.