Magazine article Out

Under Cover: Ten Essential Trans Titles

Magazine article Out

Under Cover: Ten Essential Trans Titles

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1 STONE BUTCH BLUES by Leslie Feinberg (1993) Feinberg's classic evocation of butch-femme community and working-class trans lives was one of the first of its kind and is still essential after all these years.

2 LAST REPORT ON THE MIRACLES AT LrTTLE NO HORSE by Louise Erdrich (2001) Father Damien Modeste, a missionary living among the Ojibwe of North Dakota, is revealed to be a woman in this National Book Award finalist.

3 BENDER OUTLAW by Kate Bomstein (1994) In a book as smart as it is funny, Bornstein's humor makes her challenge to "gender defenders" go down easy.

4 CHRISTINE JORGENSEN: A PERSONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Christine Jorgenscn (1967) Jorgensen became the public face of the emergent trans movement when she came out about her transition in the early 1950s.

5 READ MY UPS by Riki Anne Wilchins (1997) Wilchins combines political analysis and personal memoir in her call for trans-inclusive feminist and gay movements.

6 MYRA BRECKINRIDGE by Gore Vidal (1968) Myra can collect an inheritance left by her late husband only if she keeps her gender secret in this wickedly funny camp classic. …

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