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Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual day dedicated to celebrating transgender individuals and their contributions, as well as to calling awareness to the discrimination that transgender people have faced. Learn more from the Human Rights Campaign's website or by checking out one of these nonfiction books (all of which are available as ebooks from Overdrive, so you can read without leaving the house!)

Being Jazz : my life as a (transgender teen)
Being Jazz : my life as a (transgender teen)
by Jazz Jennings

The author reccounts how her public experiences have influenced her attitude towards the transgender community, as she works to educate others about transgenderism while navigating the challenges of being a teenager.
Becoming Nicole : the transformation of an American family
Becoming Nicole : the transformation of an American family
by Amy Ellis Nutt

Presents the story of a politically conservative New England family whose son identified as a girl, Nicole, and how they overcame their confusion and fear to champion transgender rights and allow Nicole to be herself
Sissy : a coming-of-gender story
Sissy : a coming-of-gender story
by Jacob Tobia

A gender-diverse cultural influencer on both the Forbes "30 Under 30" and "OUT 100" lists examines how religious, political and educational experiences revealed the need for greater cultural inclusion and anti-discrimination legislation that acknowledges the gender spectrum.
Super late bloomer : my early days in transition
Super late bloomer : my early days in transition
by Julia Kaye

A collection of the webcomic Up and Out depicts the author's early days of transitioning from a man to a woman, showing the ups and downs of the process.
Believe me : a memoir of love, death, and jazz chickens
Believe me : a memoir of love, death, and jazz chickens
by Eddie Izzard

A wide-ranging memoir by the critically acclaimed British comedian details his childhood in multiple countries, his first performances on the streets of London and the achievements that have marked his international success.
I Hope We Choose Love : A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World
I Hope We Choose Love : A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World
by Kai Cheng Thom

What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice without violence? How can we love in the absence of faith? In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today.
She's not there : a life in two genders
She's not there : a life in two genders
by Jennifer Finney Boylan

A remarkable memoir that chronicles the life of James, a critically acclaimed novelist, who eventually became Jenny, a happy and successful English professor.
Balls : It Takes Some to Get Some
Balls : It Takes Some to Get Some
by Chris Edwards

Changing your gender from female to male takes balls. And if you’re going to do it in front of five hundred coworkers at the largest ad agency in Boston, you’d better have a pretty big set!

At a time when the term transgender didn’t exist, and with support from family, friends, and a great therapist, Chris Edwards endured 28 surgeries to become the person he always knew he was meant to be. He used the principles of marketing along with his ever-present sense of humor to rebrand himself and orchestrate what was quite possibly the most widely accepted and embraced gender transition of its kind. He’s a pioneer who changed the perception of an entire community, and his memoir, BALLS, will touch readers’ hearts and change quite a few minds.
This book is gay
This book is gay
by James Dawson

A British author of teen fiction offers basic information about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience, including terms, religious issues, coming out, and sex acts, for people of all orientations, including the merely curious.
Queer : the ultimate LGBTQ guide for teens
Queer : the ultimate LGBTQ guide for teens
by Kathy Belge

An updated and revised edition of an award-winning guide to navigating life as an LGBT teen includes coverage of topics ranging from coming out and building an LGBT social circle to finding people to date and standing up against bigotry and homophobia. 
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