TAW12 Book Recommendations

Transgender Awareness Week
How is your Trans Awareness Week celebration going? We hope you’ve checked out the TAW12 calendar to find some ways to support your local trans community.

If you’re feeling a little chilly after attending a great TAW12 event, that’s a great time to curl up with a good book. Below are some trans books you might like. You can check out the expanded list of books on our resources wiki. We’re always looking for additional recommendations!

Be sure to share your TAW12 ideas with us, too. Just post them to MTPC’s Facebook event or tag @masstpc on Twitter and use the hashtag #TAW12 so everyone can benefit! (To see what others are posting about Trans Awareness Week, view the #TAW12 hashtag on Twitter.)

A few of our favorite trans books: 

  • Luna, by Julie Anne Peters, a young adult novel about an MTF teen’s struggle for self-identity and acceptance
  • Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity, edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
  • Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience, by Matt Kailey
  • A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir, by Kate Bornstein


TONIGHT: Wednesday, November 14

“I AM: Trans People Speak” Fenway Video Premiere
6-8:30pm at Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street, 10th floor auditorium, Boston

We are pleased to premiere Fenway Health’s contribution to the national campaign I AM: Trans People Speak, developed by Jesse Begenyi of Anchors Aweigh Media and MTPC. I AM raises awareness about the diversity within transgender communities. Jesse, Fenway staff, Gabe Hughes of the Theatre Offensive and video participants will discuss the project and its importance to the community in a panel discussion following the video screenings. Don’t miss special performances by local artists. Light food and beverages will be provided. See the TAW12 website for the full schedule.

Being Real, Kicking Ass and Changing the World: How Trans People Are Getting It Done
7 pm at UMass Amherst, 101 Campus Center, Amherst
This event will feature Mara Kiesling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

TOMORROW: Thursday, November 15

Lowell Trans Day of Remembrance
6:30-9 pm, Lowell
The vigil will start at the Kerouac Commemorative and proceed down East Merrimack Street and end at the Christ Church United, where there will be speakers, a reception and open discussion. For more information, contact Daniel Basil Hamilton at Daniel@centerforhopehealing.org.

If you’re hosting a Trans Awareness Week event that should be listed on our site, email the info to calendar@masstpc.org.