Biography History Journal/Diary Nonfiction

Becoming a Visible Man

At least two generations of transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people have emerged since Becoming a Visible Man was first published in 2004, but the book remains a beloved resource for trans people and their allies. Since the first edition’s publication, author Jamison Green’s writings and advocacy among business and governmental organizations around the world have…

Biography Nonfiction

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man

In this “refreshing and radical” (The Guardian) narrative, Thomas McBee, a trans man, sets out to uncover what makes a man—and what being a “good” man even means—through his experience training for and fighting in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden. A self-described “amateur” at masculinity, McBee embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of…

Biography Natural Sciences


In Continuum, fine artist, activist, and Titans actor Chella Man uses his own experiences as a deaf, transgender, genderqueer, Jewish person of color to talk about cultivating self-acceptance and acting as one’s own representation. Pocket Change Collective is a series of small books with big ideas from today’s leading activists and artists. What constructs in…

Biography History Journal/Diary Nonfiction

We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, 1961-1991

We Both Laughed In Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan narrates the inner life of a gay trans man moving through the shifting social, political, and medical mores of the second half of the 20th century. Sullivan kept comprehensive journals from age eleven until his AIDS-related death at thirty-nine. Sensual, lascivious, challenging, quotidian and…

Biography Essay Nonfiction

The Testosterone Files

Transition memoir, structured around the experience of hormonal transition. Valerio writes a lot about how his politics and assumptions as a lesbian feminist were challenged and made more complex by the experience of FtM transition, reflecting on his changing inner experience and social reception. Valerio is an American Indian (Blackfoot)/Latino poet, performer, and writer.

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The Transvestites: The Erotic Drive to Cross-Dress

Update: we are saddened to learn that the translator has requested a takedown of this text. We are currently looking into open access options but the text will not be available on Trans Reads for now. Please contact us if you have any questions. —— For the first time in history, we are proud to…

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Die Transvestiten: Untersuchung Über den Erotischen Verkleidungstrieb; Mit Umfangreichem Casuistischen und Historischen Material (2nd edition)

Magnus Hirschfeld’s second print of the historic book, “The Transvestites.” Transvestites are women and men who feel reluctant and even refuse to dress in the clothing of their own sex. For them, the inherent drive to cross-dress is often more powerful than sexual drive itself. This phenomenon has often been confronted with both ignorance and…

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Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City

Queer history is a living practice. Talk to any group of LGBTQ people today, and they will not agree on what story should be told. Many people desire to celebrate the past by erecting plaques and painting rainbow crosswalks, but queer and trans people in the twenty-first century need more than just symbols–they need access…