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5 Books for Trans Awareness Week

As we celebrate Trans Awareness Week, we’re taking a deeper look at the ways that transphobia permeates our society. These five books provide a unique understanding of the oppression experienced by trans people, and the ways that it can be overcome. Encompassing both personal and professional experiences, these titles share stories of trans people in their intimate relationships, healthcare journeys, and careers. Each of them will teach you something new about the issues faced by trans people today.

Sex Is As Sex Does: Governing Transgender Identity
by Paisley Currah

From award-winning author Paisley Currah comes a book discussing the ever-evolving representation of trans people by the government. It provides an in-depth analysis of the varying laws and regulations that govern gender in the United States and how they impact the mentality of trans citizens. Currah also highlights the deep roots of gender discrimination and trans stigma in the States, calling for his audience to unite in order to fully address transphobia in society.

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With Honor and Integrity: Transgender Troops in Their Own Words
Edited by Máel Embser-Herbert and Bree Fram

New in Paper!

This inspiring collection shares the stories of transgender people fighting for their right to serve in the U.S. military. These stories highlight the anti-LGBT stance of the military through the eyes of those who experienced it. With Honor and Integrity appeals to all transgender patriots and allies.

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Trans Medicine: The Emergence and Practice of Treating Gender
By stef m. shuster

This compelling book explores the field of trans medicine and the evolving attempt to “treat” gender identity today. It examines the scientific uncertainty that underlies the history of trans medicine and how that affects patient’s treatment, and it shows how medical experts rely on cultural norms and their instincts to make decisions. This book is a must read for those curious about the medical and cultural evolution of trans healthcare.

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The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution
Ann Travers

In 2019, Ann Travers won the PROSE Award in the category of Anthropology, Criminology, and Anthropology for The Trans Generation, which examines the day-to-day struggles of trans kids. Travers describes how these children come to terms with their identities while dealing with issues such as social pressure, lack of familial support, bullying, self-harm, and more. The book is based on interviews with trans children and aims to provides support for them through policy recommendations and activist interventions. It’s a great read for anyone who wants to protect trans children.

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Transgender Intimate Partner Violence: A Comprehensive Introduction
Edited by Adam M. Messinger and Xavier L. Guadalupe-Diaz

This book is a must-read for trans survivors and those dealing with relationship violence. It brings to light the physical, psychological, and sexual violence inflicted on trans victims by their partners by cumulating research spanning over two decades. It also aims to provide support and healing services for transgender survivors, and ultimately to create an inclusive and loving environment for trans people.

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