Trans identified resources

Trans’ Related Books This list is not exhaustive and will be reviewed at intervals

The following collection spans autobiography, academic, non-fiction narrative and activist writing

My Story
Author: Caroline Cossey
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN-10: 0571162517

The First Lady
Authors:  April Ashley, Douglas Thompson
Publisher: Blake Publishing
ISBN-10: 1844542319

Becoming a Visible Man
Author:  Jamison Green
Publisher: EDS Publications Ltd.
ISBN-10: 082651457X

The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male
Author: Max Wolf Valerio
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
ISBN-10: 1580051731

Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender
Author: Riki Anne Wilchins
Publisher: Firebrand Books, U.S.
ISBN-10: 1563410907

Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue
Author: Leslie Feinberg
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN-10: 0807079510

Blending Genders: Social Aspects of Cross-Dressing and Sex-Changing: Social Aspects of Cross-Dressing and Sex-Changing
Editors: Richard Ekins, David King
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN-10: 0415115523

Confessions of a Gender Defender: Psychologist’s Reflections on Life Among the Transgendered
Author: Randi Ettner
Publisher: Chicago Spectrum Press, U.S.
ISBN-10: 1886094519

Gender Loving Care: A Guide to Counseling Gender-variant Clients
Author: Randi Ettner
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Ltd
ISBN-10: 0393703045

Transgender Care: Recommended Guidelines, Practical Information, and Personal Accounts
Authors: Gianna E. Israel and Donald E. Tarver
Publisher: Temple University Press, U.S.
ISBN-10: 1566398525

Sex Changes: Transgender Politics
Author: Patrick Califia
Publisher: Cleis Press; 2nd Revised edition
ISBN-10: 1573441805

The Transgender Studies Reader
Editors: Susan Stryker, Stephen Whittle
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN-10: 041594709X

From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond
Author: Morty Diamond
Publisher: Manic D Press, U.S.
ISBN-10: 0916397963

Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers
Author: Cris Beam
Publisher: Harvest Books
ISBN-10: 0156033771

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Feminity
Author: Julia Serano
Publisher: Avalon Group
ISBN-10: 1580051545

Counselling Ideologies: Queer Challenges to Heteronormativity
Editor:  Lyndsey Moon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN-10: 0754676838

This is my body: Hearing the theology of transgender Christians
Authors: Christina Beardsley  and Michelle O’Brien
Publisher: Darton Longman & Todd
ISBN-10: 0232532060


Many of us do not have the time to read around the subject of gender diversity in depth. Another way to get to glean diverse understandings of any population is to look at their stories – and cinema has been providing insightful snapshots of gender diversity for some time.

Most of the films listed here are fictional, some are true; the genres vary from comedy to thriller. The expressions of gender variance are truly diverse and none is taken to be better or worse than another – they are simply different.

All the films resonate in some way with experiences of real people and real lives – but none are pertinent to every life.

Just Like A Woman [1992]  Comedy
Starring: Julie Walters, Adrian Pasdar Director: Christopher Monger
Classification: 15
Transgender     Disclosure    Relationships (partner)

The Crying Game [1992]    Thriller
Starring: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker Director: Neil Jordan
Classification: 18
Transgender   Discovery   Relationships (partner)

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar [1995]   Comedy
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze Director: Beeban Kidron
Classification: PG
Drag Queens      Prejudice    Relationships (friends)

Different for Girls [1996]   Romance
Starring: Steven Mackintosh, Rupert Graves, Miriam Margolyes  Director: Richard Spence
Classification: 15
Transsexual     Prejudice     Relationships (romance)

Ma Vie en Rose [1997]  Drama
Starring: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey Director: Alain Berliner
Classification : 12
Transgender Childhood   Relationships (family and friend)

Flawless [1999]   Thriller
Starring: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman Director: Joel Schumacher Classification: 15
Transsexual     Prejudice     Bereavement    Relationships (different diversities)

Better Than Chocolate [1999]   Lesbian Drama
Starring: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox Director: Anne Wheeler
Classification: 15
(Subplot) Transsexual     Prejudice     Relationships (friends and family)

Boys Don’t Cry [2000]   Docu-drama
Starring: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny Director: Kimberly Peirce
Classification: 18
Female to Male   Prejudice    Hate Crime    True story

All the Queen’s Men [2001]   Comedy
Starring: Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Izzard Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Classification: PG
Genderqueer      Prejudice    Relationships (friendships)

Normal [2003]   Drama
Starring: Jessica Lange, Tom Wilkinson Director: Jane Anderson
Classification: 15
Transsexual       Disclosure   Transition     Relationships (wife and children)

Beautiful Boxer [2004]   Docu-drama
Starring: Asanee Suwan, Sorapong Chatree, Orn-Anong Panyawong
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Classification: 15
Transsexual      Transition    True story

Breakfast on Pluto [2005]
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones, Eva Birthistle Director: Neil Jordan
Classification: 15
Transsexual       Transition    Prejudice       Hate Crime   

Transamerica [2005]   Drama
Starring: Felicity Huffman, Fionnula Flanagan Director: Duncan Tucker
Classification: 15
Transsexual        Discovery   Transition    Prejudice      Relationships (older children)

Albert Nobbs [2011]  Historical Drama
Starring: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Taylor-Johnson Director: Rodrigo García
Classification: 15
Female to Male   Discovery   Relationships (work  and friends)

The Danish Girl [2015]  Docu-drama Romance
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard Director: Tom Hooper
Classification: 12A
Transsexual      Clinical treatment    True story   Relationships (wife)