Making the Annapolis Valley a better place for LGBTQ youth and our allies

Sheena Jamieson, the illustrious Support Services Co-Ordinator at the Youth Project’s provincial office in Halifax, has graciously shared her favourite books about gender expression and gender identity with us.  Whether you’re a teen looking for main characters you can relate to, a teacher stocking up your shelves, or a parent shopping for a birthday gift, you should find something on the list.

A lot of these are available to borrow from the Halifax Office’s library.  They’ve got movies too.  They even lend by mail!  You can search their whole catalogue, which also includes resources about sexual orientation, here.

One title that’s not listed here is a great resource on the history of gender and sexuality. Transgender Warriors : Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman, was written by Leslie Feinberg in 1997 and is still an invaluable resource if you want to learn where our current ideas come from.

AND!  In exciting news, the Valley Youth Project also has our own (small) lending library.  You can borrow these books during any drop-in.  Check out our catalogue.

Or buy/borrow from your local library.  These should get you started.  Thanks Sheena!

Children

10,000 Dresses 10,000 Dresses (Marcus Ewert)

My Princess Boy My Princess Boy (Cheryl Kilodavis)

When Kathy Is Keith When Kathy is Keith (Wallace Wong)

I Am Jazz I Am Jazz (Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings)

Be Who You Are Be Who You Are (Jennifer Carr)

Backwards Day Backwards Day (S. Bear Bergman )

The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy The Adventures of Tulip: Birthday Wish Fairy (S. Bear Bergman)

Goblinheart Goblinheart (Brett Axel)

The Princess Knight The Princess Knight (Cornelia Funke)

Young Adults (Fiction)

I am J I Am J (Cris Beam)

Luna Luna (Julie Anne Peters)

Parrotfish Parrotfish (Ellen Wittlinger)

Beautiful Music for Ugly ChildrenBeautiful Music for Ugly Children (Kirstin Cronn-Mills)

Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other OutlawsHello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws (Kate Bornstein)

Being Emily Being Emily (Rachel Gold)

Freakboy Freakboy (Kristin Elizabeth Clark)

First Spring Grass Fire First Spring Grass Fire (Rae Spoon)

Every Day (Every Day, #1)Every Day (David Levithan)

If You Believe in Mermaids... Don't Tell If You Believe in Mermaids, Don’t Tell (AA Phillips)

Graphic Novels

Wandering Son, Vol. 1Wandering Son (Takako Shimura)

Young Adult (Non-Fiction)

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out (Susan Kuklin)

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition (Katie Rain Hill)

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen (Arin Andrews)

One in Every Crowd One in Every Crowd (Ivan E. Coyote)

Letters for My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in RetrospectLetters for my Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect (Megan M. Roher & Zander Keig)

Letters For My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom In Retrospect Letters for my Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect (Andrea James & Deanne Thornton)

For Parents

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families (Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper)

Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children (Rachel Pepper)

Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (Cris Beam)

Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming ChildrenGender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender Non-Conforming Children (Diane Ehrensaft)

Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son Raising my Rainbow: Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son (Lori Duron)

Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for ParentsHelping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents (Irwin Kreiger)

Health

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender CommunityTrans Bodies, Trans Selves (Laura Erickson-Schroth)

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