BIG ISSUE NATIONAL VENDOR WEEK
LEARN MORE
Books

International Transgender Day of Visibility: Top 5 books by trans feminine authors

Unrequited love, trans kids, Black modernism... there's a huge range in this selection of great books by trans feminine authors.

Trans flag eyeshadow

Image: Kyle on Unsplash

To mark International Transgender Day of Visibility, Greek-Irish writer Soula Emmanuel picks her top five books by trans feminine authors.

Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante

The story of a trans woman’s unrequited love for her deceased trans friend. A moving exploration of grief, queerness and fandom. 

The Complete Gary Lutz by Garielle Lutz

A short story collection with a prophetic title, as it was published shortly before the author came out as trans. Lutz writes sentences like no one else, and offers a disembodied, listless, even dysphoric ‘zeroth-person’ perspective on the world. 

Histories of the Transgender Child by Jules Gill-Peterson

Trans kids are nothing new. This is a must-read to understand the unseemly origins of the gender clinic. Gill-Peterson looks at links between gender medicine and racialised understandings of normativity. 

Lote by Shola von Reinhold

A lush, inventive journey through Black modernism, which counters the exclusion of Black figures from art history. Witty and decadent – take a drink every time a character drinks and you won’t make it to page 50. 

Fucking Trans Women by Mira Bellwether

A zine with a self-explanatory title, FTW has attained a legendary status, having inspired countless trans women and their partners to become fully acquainted with their bodies. Bellwether died last year without getting the credit she deserved. 

Wild Geese cover

Wild Geese by Soula Emmanuel is out now (Footnote Press, £15.99). You can buy it, and some of these other titles, from The Big Issue shop on Bookshop.org, which helps to support The Big Issue and independent bookshops.

This article is taken from The Big Issue magazine, which exists to give homeless, long-term unemployed and marginalised people the opportunity to earn an income.To support our work buy a copy! If you cannot reach your local vendor, you can still click HERE to subscribe to The Big Issue today or give a gift subscription to a friend or family member. You can also purchase one-off issues from The Big Issue Shop or The Big Issue app, available now from the App Store or Google Play.

National Vendor Week 2024

A celebration of people who are working their way out of poverty.
Vendor martin Hawes

Recommended for you

View all
The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler review – the mammoth risks of playing God with nature
Books

The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler review – the mammoth risks of playing God with nature

Your Utopia by Bora Chung review – finding poignancy in speculative fiction
Books

Your Utopia by Bora Chung review – finding poignancy in speculative fiction

Top 5 most accessible economics books, chosen by politician and author Andrew Leigh
Economics
books

Top 5 most accessible economics books, chosen by politician and author Andrew Leigh

Family Politics by John O'Farrell review – a plea to engage with those whose views we abhor
Books

Family Politics by John O'Farrell review – a plea to engage with those whose views we abhor

Most Popular

Read All
Renters pay their landlords' buy-to-let mortgages, so they should get a share of the profits
Renters: A mortgage lender's window advertising buy-to-let products
1.

Renters pay their landlords' buy-to-let mortgages, so they should get a share of the profits

Exclusive: Disabled people are 'set up to fail' by the DWP in target-driven disability benefits system, whistleblowers reveal
Pound coins on a piece of paper with disability living allowancve
2.

Exclusive: Disabled people are 'set up to fail' by the DWP in target-driven disability benefits system, whistleblowers reveal

Here's when UK households to start receiving last cost of living payments
next dwp cost of living payment 2023
3.

Here's when UK households to start receiving last cost of living payments

Strike dates 2023: From train drivers to NHS doctors, here are the dates to know
4.

Strike dates 2023: From train drivers to NHS doctors, here are the dates to know