Bookshelf: Best Non-Fiction Transgender Books
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
November 20 2011 2:15 PM ET
The Lives of Transgender People ($28, Columbia University Press)
Recognizing a critical need for greater perspectives on transgender life, authors Genny Beemyn (director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Susan Rankin (an associate professor at The Pennsylvania State University) analyze one of the largest surveys ever conducted in the U.S, of trans women and men, crossdressers, and genderqueer individuals. Studying nearly 3,500 participants for The Lives of Transgender People, the authors track the formation of gender identity across individuals and groups, beginning in childhood and marking the "touchstones" that led participants to identify as transgender. The Lives of Transgender People also uncovers the toll that bias, violence, and economic disenfranchisement takes on individuals, even in a day and age where a transgender person can headline a reality TV show.