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Book Recommendations for Transgender Awareness Week

The University of Utah recently published an At the U article about this year’s Transgender Awareness Week. From that post they state, “The Trans community has a long history of overcoming exclusion, mistreatment, and discrimination. Despite increased support and numerous victories achieved along the way, it’s crucial to recognize that the Trans community still faces significant challenges today, and every day. In times like these, it’s important for us to come together as a community to amplify the voices and visibility of our Trans community, ensuring they feel seen, loved, and heard on our campus.

Transgender Awareness Week, observed from Nov. 13-19, leads up to the National Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, a day dedicated to remembering victims of transphobic violence. While we commemorate and celebrate during this week, our support for the transgender community should extend far beyond commemorative holidays.”

The Marriott Library would like to also affirm its support of the Transgender community alongside our campus partners. Here is a short list of book recommendations to read from our collections that feature Trans stories.

Book List:

In Trans Liberation, Feinberg has gathered a collection of hir speeches on trans liberation and its essential connection to the liberation of all people.

Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma of pap smears.

For author Qwo-Li Driskill, “Asegi”, a word that translates to “strange” or “queer” provides a means by which to reread Cherokee history in order to listen for those stories rendered “strange” by colonial heteropatriarchy.

From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

A trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl–and how we might re-imagine gender for the twenty-first century.

An adventure set in California’s San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts.

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