Trans Day of Visibility Reads

Trans Day of Visibility Reads
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March 31 marks the Trans Day of Visibility, a day dedicated to celebrating transgender people and their contributions to society and raising awareness of the discrimination they face worldwide. We're commemorating the occasion with these 20 books by trans and nonbinary people. View books in this list

Showing 1-10 of 20 results


By Daniel Sarah Karasik

A non-binary faun wishes their body had a variety of sex organs, interchangeable daily. A prison abolitionist scrutinizes Rothko paintings on the carceral state's boardroom walls. The insurrectionary tactics of mass social movements spread, like a secret handshake, from Chile ... Read more


By Lara Rae

In this original and poetic new work, Lara Rae tells the raw and heartfelt story of her half-century long (and counting) gender odyssey. Dragonfly presents us with two actors, one male, one female, who illuminate the inner life of a trans woman from her Scottish childhood in ... Read more

Catch and Release

By Liana Cusmano

About coming out and coming of age.

In Catch and Release, twenty-one-year-old Lucca looks back on her childhood and adolescence as she comes to terms with both her sexual orientation and her mental illness. When she falls in love with the brilliant and beautiful Adèle, Lucca ... Read more

Why I Was Late

By Charlie Petch

Winner of the 2022 ReLit Award for Poetry

With kitchen-table candour and empathy, Charlie Petch's debut collection of poems offers witness to a decades-long trans/personal coming of age, finding heroes in unexpected places.

Why I Was Late fuses text with performance, brings a ... Read more

Horrible Dance

By Avery Lake

2022 Governor General's Literary Award Shortlist * 2022 A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry Finalist

A brilliant poetic debut about gender-based violence that dismantles received definitions of both gender and violence, Horrible Dance is an accomplished addition to transfeminist thought ... Read more


By Rhiannon Collett

In a town ruled by a shadowy cult, outliers Wasp and Janey nurture a dwindling community of queer resistance. Faced with social isolation and medical barriers, they remain determined to make things work and defend their home. Meanwhile, the Prophet’s daughters grapple with ... Read more

Wanting in Arabic

By Trish Salah

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, Transgender Fiction, 2014

Wanting in Arabic is a refusal of convenient silences, convenient stories. The author dwells on the contradictions of a transsexual poetics, in its attendant disfigurations of lyric, ghazal, l'ecriture feminine, and, ... Read more


By Prathna Lor

In Prathna Lor’s first full-length collection we are introduced to a unique voice in Canadian poetry. Moving fluidly between prose poems and more fractured, open verse, Lor meditates on voice, on disaster and on identity, pushing always against commodification, against a consumable ... Read more

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars

By Kai Cheng Thom

At once a love letter and challenge to the traditional transgender memoir, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars is a playful, surrealist dance through queer coming of age.

A haunted young girl (who happens to be a kung-fu expert and pathological liar) runsaway from an oppressive ... Read more

You Only Live Twice

By Chase Joynt & Mike Hoolboom

YOLT explores two artists’ lives before and after transitions: from female to male, and from near-dead to alive.

The unspoken promise was that in our second life we would become the question to every answer, jumping across borders until they finally dissolve. Man and woman. ... Read more