Have you heard of the Lammys? The Lambda Literary Awards identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world. There are 25 award categories for LGBT, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender.
Understanding transgender and the trans experience isn’t always easy, but as trans acceptance increases, so do the avenues of learning for everyone. And who better to learn from than trans writers who share their stories.
Transgender Non-Fiction Book Finalists
Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man by Thomas Page McBee
“In Man Alive, Thomas Page McBee attempts to answer that question by focusing on two of the men who most impacted his life;one, his otherwise ordinary father who abused him as a child, and the other, a mugger who almost killed him. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee seeks to understand these examples of flawed manhood and tells us how a brush with violence sent him on the quest to untangle a sinister past, and freed him to become the man he was meant to be.”
“With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population.”
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community by Laura Erickson-Schroth
“Each chapter takes the reader through an important transgender issue, such as race, religion, employment, medical and surgical transition, mental health topics, relationships, sexuality, parenthood, arts and culture, and many more. Anonymous quotes and testimonials from transgender people who have been surveyed about their experiences are woven throughout, adding compelling, personal voices to every page. In this unique way, hundreds of viewpoints from throughout the community have united to create this strong and pioneering book.”
There are also five transgender fiction finalists worth checking out. The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards take place in New York City on June 6, 2016.