#StandWithTransKids Book Tag

I saw this tag today, and I knew I needed to do it right away, especially since I’m participating in the TransRights Readathon and thinking about young trans people going through the pain I felt on my own skin fills me with emotions. The creator of this tag is Leo Bancroft.

The Questions:

Tag some fabulous friends who also may want to do this tag and #standwithtranskids

My friend Alma at apokalupsychosis

Tell us about some books on your tbr pile featuring a trans/non-binary character or nonfiction about trans/non-binary stuff

Here are a few I don’t talk about a ton:

Goodreads Blurb:

After a lifetime of failed relationships, non-binary history professor Sam Bell is committed to a new (non)romantic strategy: Thirst Only. It’s the actual drinking where things get too complicated, where Sam inevitably gets hurt.

Sam is good at being thirsty, though, especially when it’s karaoke night at The Moonlight Café, otherwise known as Moonie’s to its largely queer regulars. Moonie’s is fun. Comfortable. Safe. Except for tonight, when one by one, all of Sam’s friends abandon them. Disappointed, they prepare to leave—until their #1 karaoke crush catches their eye…

For Lily Fischer, karaoke at Moonie’s is the only time she can step outside of her quiet shell. When there’s a mic in her hand, she’s no longer merely a receptionist harboring big dreams. At Moonie’s, Lily can pretend to be someone else: someone bold, who takes what she wants. And tonight, what Lily wants is the way Sam looks at her across the room as she sings her signature opening song, like they see her exactly as she wants to be seen. Like Moonie’s Lily is real.

As the night progresses, both Sam’s and Lily’s personal fears are tested, and the real world outside of Moonie’s looms. But maybe sometimes, the real world should be a little more like karaoke. It’s not always about knowing all the right words or having the perfect voice. Maybe all Sam and Lily need is a little courage to pick up the mic, and sing anyway.

Goodreads Blurb:

Maria Griffiths is almost thirty and works at a used bookstore in New York City while trying to stay true to her punk values. She’s in love with her bike but not with her girlfriend, Steph. She takes random pills and drinks more than is good for her, but doesn’t inject anything except, when she remembers, estrogen, because she’s trans. Everything is mostly fine until Maria and Steph break up, sending Maria into a tailspin, and then onto a cross-country trek in the car she steals from Steph. She ends up in the backwater town of Star City, Nevada, where she meets James, who is probably but not certainly trans, and who reminds Maria of her younger self. As Maria finds herself in the awkward position of trans role model, she realizes that she could become James’s savior—or his downfall.

Gooodreads Blurb:

From the moment a doctor in Raleigh, North Carolina, put “male” on Jacob Tobia’s birth certificate, everything went wrong. Alongside “male” came many other, far less neutral words: words that carried expectations about who Jacob was and who Jacob should be, words like “masculine” and “aggressive” and “cargo shorts” and “SPORTS!”

Naturally sensitive, playful, creative, and glitter-obsessed, as a child Jacob was given the label “sissy.” In the two decades that followed, “sissy” joined forces with “gay,” “trans,” “nonbinary,” and “too-queer-to-function” to become a source of pride and, today, a rallying cry for a much-needed gender revolution. Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a bold blueprint for a healed world–one free from gender-based trauma and bursting with trans-inclusive feminism.

From Jacob’s Methodist childhood and the hallowed halls of Duke University to the portrait-laden parlors of the White House, Sissy takes you on a gender odyssey you won’t soon forget. Writing with the fierce honesty, wildly irreverent humor, and wrenching vulnerability that have made them a media sensation, Jacob shatters the long-held notion that people are easily sortable into “men” and “women.” Sissy guarantees that you’ll never think about gender–both other people’s people’s and your own–the same way again.

Recommend a favorite book/show/movie featuring a trans/non-binary character

I picked the movie A Kid Like Jake since I watched it a while back, but I still think about it.

Everyone has their own journey and no one demographic is a monolith. Recommend a book with a journey (however you define that)

I read this book yesterday; we see not only a journey with the main character but also with their parents.

None of us knows everything – even about our own identities – especially since we’re not a monolith and each have our own journey – what is a book that taught you something either about yourself or the world around you?

It doesn’t talk about gender in a typical way.

When things are hard in the world or in our lives, sometimes we there are things we can do to help center and refocus ourselves, to bring joy, to keep us going, to keep living, resisting, being our authentically amazing selves. What are things you do to center yourself or find joy?

Writing is the best way I found to deal with pain and bring joy back into my life.

What’s your walk-on music – or your feel at home in your body music?

At times I hear a song, and I automatically change the lyrics for my own personal meaning and; Snap by Rosa Linn is one of them.

Finding mentors, people of wisdom, or heroes can be another way to help us navigate life. Who are some of your mentors? Can you share something they taught you or inspired you to learn more about?

My old social worker and my friend Alex and Nevile because they were the first that knew me as myself but didn’t call me crazy.

Who are some out trans/non-binary booktubers, instagrammers, authors, actors, etc who you’d like to shoutout?

I’m picking Annie’s Book Nook; they do a ton of LGBTIQ+ content.

What are some organizations you’d like to shout out for supporting trans kids/trans folks?

Locally MGRM is the lifeline for some LGBTI+ in Malta.

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