This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love helps us understand the people we have been. It’s in the love of dogs, and my love for them, that I can best now take the measure of the child I once was, and the bottomless, unfathomable desires that once haunted me. There are times when it is hard for me to fully remember that love, which was once so fragile, and so fierce. Sometimes it seems to fade before me, like breath on a mirror. But I remember the dogs. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.
Transgender Awareness Week is a time focused on educating folks about the issues associated with their transition and identity. It is also the week of celebration. This week always leads to Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember the victims we lost to anti-transgender violence.
This book list is meant to support Transgender Awareness Week and provides some resources in our Pittsburgh community and beyond.
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A loving and thoughtful exploration of family. When Reese and Amy separated, Amy detransitioned to Ames and is now in a relationship with his cis-gendered boss Katrina. When Katrina becomes pregnant with Ames’ baby, Ames, Katrina and Reese consider what an unconventional family could look like. Can they raise the baby together? This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
An obsession with a legendary 1960’s band leads a fan to write a series of letters to the enigmatic former frontman (who sounds a lot like Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys). These letters are rooted in adoration, but as they progress they unveil magical manifestation, self-discovery, and trans identity. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Hoopla.
When Danica Roem campaigned to become the first openly trans person elected to the state legislature, she knew her opponents would look for scandals in her past to discredit her. So she beat them to the punch, admitting and addressing every element of her life that could be used against her – and turning her perceived failings around to become commentaries on living, growing, and telling your own story. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.
In this groundbreaking new book, the author, a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience boxing–learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body–McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes, and the limitations of conventional masculinity. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.
When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it’s another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby, as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.
Written as a series of letters, this poetic memoir details Emezi’s discovery of their identity as an ogbanje or Igbo spirit child. They discuss how being an ogbanje affects their thoughts on gender and life. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.