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Top 6 Books With Inspirational Trans Protagonists

These characters’ identities are so diverse and well formed that you begin to wonder if you’re reading a biography!

Trans people have long been neglected by the mainstream, leaving few role models for our children and young adults. Luckily, we’ve found 6 amazing books with a trans person centre stage. These authors have perfectly captured the strong spirit that transgender people have and turned that into strong character traits.

The battle against stigma and bullying continues in these novels but the strength and persistence of these characters is truly inspiration. These are in no way pessimistic downer books – they’re a great way to stay strong in times of trouble.

#1 Golden Boy by Abigail Tartellin

Golden Boy is a raw, brave book about a little boy who isn’t quite like the other boys. It’s a fascinating and heartbreaking portrait of family life, coming-of-age, abuse and sexuality. At once gripping, painful, frustrating and beautiful, it’s impossible not to be touched by this astounding story.

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#2 If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Amanda, who used to be Andrew is the new girl in school and wants to fit in. As time goes on she meets grant and starts to develop a relationship with him but doesn’t want to to tell him her deepest secret.. As they spend more time together, she realizes she is losing so much by guarding he heart. But she fears if G finds out who she really is, he may leave. A book about teenage identity, acceptance, and relationships.

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#3 Jamie Is Jamie by Afsaneh Moradian

This book is an insightful read for children who need to break the gender-divide. Moradian helps kids learn from a young age that you can play with whatever you want and it doesn’t need to speak to your sexual orientation or gender. Jamie, the transgender main character, challenges stereotypes in a fun and accessible way. An ideal book for teachers and parents.

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#4 The Sex Gates by Darrell Bain

 

One day thousands of interdimensional gates suddenly appear on Earth. Their exact origin is a mystery. When the sick go through, they’re healed. If the person who goes through is old, he or she becomes young.

Arbitrarily, sometimes the person who goes through disappears. Men become women and women become men.

In addition, the change is permanent. You also can’t go through a second time. If you do, you disappear, never to be heard from again.

This science fiction novel explores gender and identity against the backdrop of a world that has suddenly changed.

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#5 Trans Shift: What Lies Behind

Trans Shift is a sensational story of freedom, redemption and discovering passionate love without boundaries. With plenty of intense encounters, graphic details, and emotional moments,

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#6 The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

One of the most popular Young Adult books of the year, this novel transverses the life of two American teens who are dealing with being and becoming transgender. It’s a beautiful story about how humans can help each other get through the toughest parts of life by simply being there for one another.

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Contributors to this article
Sally Fox from SallyMFox

Stefanie Lesser from Hope & Love Radio

Adina Mahalli from EnlightenedReality

James Cobb from The Dream Recovery System

Osama from Decrum

Ethan Lichtenberg from QuickQuote

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