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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.

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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. 

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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.

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