5 Books You Should Read on Transgender Day of Visibility 2018

March 31st is a day to respect and support transgender people in our community (people who have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from the biological gender they were assigned at birth). 

You want to be an ally?  Be a good listener!  So here are 5 books written BY people from the transgender community.  There’s something here for every age reader, no matter what sort of journey you’re on – be it a journey of awareness and acceptance or self-discovery.

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Mini Book Review | Ida by Alison Evans

Ida Book Review Paige's PagesAUTHOR: Alison Evans
PUBLISHER: Echo
RELEASE DATE
: January 1, 2017
GENRE
: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
PAGE COUNT
: 246
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One sentence blurb: Ida’s secret ability to switch at will between parallel universes becomes complicated when she starts to lose control and is stalked by shadowy doppelgangers.


The lightdark surrounds, skin-tight and consuming. Warmth starts at the top of my head; it’s quick this time, and I know in my bones, my skin, I’m going in the right direction – page 9 Continue reading

Book Review | Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You Book Review Paige's PagesAUTHOR: Nina LaCour
PUBLISHER:
Speak
RELEASE DATE
: May 15, 2014
GENRE
: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Romance, LGBT, Own Voices
PAGE COUNT
: 336
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One sentence blurb: when teen set design intern, Emi, gets her big break working on an independent film, her only distraction is Ava, the secret granddaughter of a Hollywood star.

One thing that everyone seems to be able to agree on is how cool Emi’s world is.  As a set design intern her passion is creating the perfect setting for a scene, which involves inhabiting the characters’ hearts and minds.  I love how she filters everything through a set designer’s lens, noticing details that no one else would see.  Emi’s unique voice and perspective as our narrator is strong and interesting to follow.  I have a lot of love for her. Continue reading

Choose Love, Read Diversely | Valentine’s Day 2018

This Valentine’s Day I’m celebrating love in all its shapes and shades.  Gender, sexuality, race, and religion have nothing to do with the authenticity of a couple’s love.  It’s important to raise up narratives that represent true love in all its forms.

While these recommendations may portray some of the challenges marginalised couples face, this post is about normalising diverse love stories and recognising the beauty of healthy, happy relationships.

 

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Book Review | If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

If I Was Your Girl Review Paige's PagesTITLE: If I Was Your Girl
AUTHOR
: Meredith Russo
PUBLISHER
: Flatiron Books
RELEASE DATE
: May 3, 2016
GENRE
: Young Adult Fiction, LGBTQIA
PAGE COUNT
: 280


If I Was Your Girl is a high school romance from the perspective of a transgender girl.  While the writing and plot are forgettable, this novel is necessary because it gives young adult readers of any and all gender identities the chance to read trans experiences in relatable contexts.  Besides the universal struggles of fitting in and finding true friends, If I Was Your Girl portrays a trans girl being the subject of romantic attentiongoing a long way to affirm that trans teens are equally deserving of prom proposals and a magical first kiss.  

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Double Review | More Happy Than Not / History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not (2015) and History Is All You Left Me (2017) by gay YA author, Adam Silvera, are a perfect pair.  Featuring realistic gay protagonists, they confront themes crucial to older YA readers including identity, sexuality, love, and loss.  Silvera’s representation of mental illness is unflinchingly honest and raw.  I may not be able to bid you “happy reading”, but I hope you will find Silvera’s writing as powerful as I did.

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Book Review | Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda-review-paiges-pagesTITLE: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
AUTHOR: Becky Albertalli
PUBLISHER: Penguin
RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2015
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction, LGBTQIA
PAGE COUNT: 320


With surprising heart, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda teaches that everyone’s journey is valid and private.  I grew invested in characters who represented many aspects of my  teen experience, and taught me empathy for experiences beyond my own.   

Until recently, Simon’s secret was safe with his online pen-pal, Blue.  But when his classmate blackmails him with screenshots revealing he’s gay, falling in love with Blue over email gets a whole lot more complicated.
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Book Review | Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out edited by Susan Kuklin

beyond-magenta-book-review-paiges-pagesTITLE: Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
EDITOR & PHOTOGRAPHER: Susan Kuklin
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press
RELEASE DATE: February 11, 2014
GENRE: Young Adult Nonfiction, LGBTQIA
PAGE COUNT: 192


Through six short memoirs transcribed from interviews, Beyond Magenta explores what it’s like to come of age as a trans-spectrum teen.  A crucial lesson this book teaches is to see gender and sexuality as something with infinite colourful shades.  To really know someone’s story, you have to be humble and open-hearted enough to listen to them tell it in their own words.
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Book Review | Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation edited by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman

gender-outlaws-the-next-generation-review-paiges-pagesTITLE: Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation
EDITORS: Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman
PUBLISHER: Seal Press
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2010
GENRE: Nonfiction, Memoir, LGBTQI+
PAGE COUNT: 304


The second gender-bending anthology edited by Kate Bornstein brings together an extraordinary range of trans-spectrum creators.  This book celebrates diverse LGBTQI+ experiences, while encouraging readers to take a long, hard look at their society’s gender laws.  

Instead of looking to the binaries for answers – male/female, femininity/masculinity, sex/gender – I’ve decided to take my body back for myself – for me to shape, show off, love and dress and play.  But above all, for me to name – Transliteration by Francisco Fernández

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Book Review | George by Alex Gino

george-book-review-paiges-pagesTITLE: George
AUTHOR: Alex Gino
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
RELEASE DATE: August 25, 2015
GENRE: Junior Fiction, LGBTQI+
PAGE COUNT: 195


You may be surprised to hear that a children’s book would be my pick above many of the LGBTQI+ books written for adults.  Why?  George’s representation of a transgender child captures the feeling of being “born this way”.  It talks about gender in a way that young readers can understand, and which also has the power to educate adults.  

Fourth-grader, George, is determined to be Charlotte in the class production of Charlotte’s Web.  This is the chance she’s been waiting for to tell the world she’s a girl.  But when the teachers refuse to even let her audition for a girl’s role, her flamboyant best friend Kelly comes up with a daring plan to make George’s dreams comes true. Continue reading