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Top 5 books about trans lives, chosen by Matt Bates

Matt Bates, editor of anthology Queer Life, Queer Love, selects five books about trans lives.

Matt Bates, editor of anthology Queer Life, Queer Love, picks five books about trans lives.

Trans, A Memoir by Juliet Jacques

Already a classic, Jacques’ 2015 memoir is a brave, hard-hitting and emotional tour-de-force, charting her own gender journey through a personal, political and cultural lens.

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters 

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021, this super-smart, witty, compassionate and compelling novel follows the highs and lows of Reese, Ames and Katrina in their quest to form – and their right to have – a very modern family.

The Transgender Issue: An Argument For Justice by Shon Faye 

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A timely and powerful critique of trans lives now in which Faye examines the realities of what it means to be trans in a transphobic society.

What’s the T? by Juno Dawson 

This straight-talking, humorous, and inclusive book is aimed at 14+ teens and tackles the complex issues of growing up trans, with uncompromising advice on how to deal with them.

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Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution by Susan Stryker

A chronological study of transgender history from the mid-20th century to
today by renowned academic Professor Susan Stryker.

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