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TIMBERLANE REGIONAL SCHOOLS VIRTUAL LIBRARY
Resources for Families of Gay, Lesbian, Gender-Variant and Transgender Children: Home
While most have long been familiar with the L, G, and B of LGBT, many still don’t know much about the T: transgender. Individuals who are transgender are not comfortable with the gender they were assigned at birth and come to identify as another. We look at the youngest making this transition: kids under eighteen, and the challenges that they face.
Books at TRHS
Queer by Marke Bieschke; Kathy Belge; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)Teen life is hard enough with all of the pressures kids face, but for teens who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), it’s even harder. When do you decide to come out? To whom? Will your friends accept you? And how on earth do you meet people to date? Queeris a humorous, engaging, and honest guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.Queeralso includes personal stories from the authors and sidebars on queer history. It’s a must-read for any teen who thinks they might be queer—or knows someone who is.
Publication Date: 2011-06-01
Hear Us Out! by Nancy GardenWhat was it like being young and gay during the closeted 1950s, the exuberant beginnings of the modern gay rights movement in the 1970s, or the frightening outbreak of HIV and AIDS in the 1980s? In this unique history, Nancy Garden uses both fact and fiction to explore just what it has meant to be young and gay in America during the last fifty years. For each decade from the 1950s on, she discusses in an essay the social and political events that shaped the lives of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people during that era. Then, in two short stories, she explores the emotional experiences of young gay people coming of age during those times, giving vivid insight into what it really felt like. " " "Hear Us Out " is a comprehensive and rich account of gay life, both public and private, from one of the pioneers of young adult lesbian and gay literature.
Publication Date: 2007-04-17
Beyond Magenta by Susan KuklinA 2015 Stonewall Honor Book A groundbreaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.
Publication Date: 2014-02-11
Far from the Tree by Andrew SolomonFrom the National Book Award-winning author of the “brave…deeply humane…open-minded, critically informed, and poetic” (The New York Times) The Noonday Demon, comes a book about the consequences of extreme personal and cultural differences between parents and children. From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Solomon’s startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter. All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. Drawing on forty thousand pages of interview transcripts with more than three hundred families, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people facing extreme challenges. Whether considering prenatal screening for genetic disorders, cochlear implants for the deaf, or gender reassignment surgery for transgender people, Solomon narrates a universal struggle toward compassion. Many families grow closer through caring for a challenging child; most discover supportive communities of others similarly affected; some are inspired to become advocates and activists, celebrating the very conditions they once feared. Woven into their courageous and affirming stories is Solomon’s journey to accepting his own identity, which culminated in his midlife decision, influenced by this research, to become a parent. Elegantly reported by a spectacularly original thinker, Far from the Tree explores themes of generosity, acceptance, and tolerance—all rooted in the insight that love can transcend every prejudice. This crucial and revelatory book expands our definition of what it is to be human.
Publication Date: 2012-11-13
LGBTQ Literature by Salem Press (Editor); Margaret Sonser Breen (General Editor)This volume examines the relatively new, and expanding, genre of gay and lesbian literature through a diverse set of texts. Essays survey the critical conversation regarding the theme, explore its cultural and historical contexts, and offer close and comp
Publication Date: 2015-05-01
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Events, 1848-2006 by Lillian Faderman (Editorial Board Member); Yolanda Retter (Editorial Board Member); Horacio Roque Ramirez (Editorial Board Member); Stuart Timmons (Editorial Board Member); Eric C. Wat (Editorial Board Member); Salem Press StaffChronicles important historical events that have identified, defined, and legally established the rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities.
Publication Date: 2006-12-01
Books for Children
10,000 Dresses by Rex Ray (Illustrator); Marcus Ewert
Seven Stories Press, 2008.
True (... Sort Of) by Katherine Hannigan
Greenwillow Books, 2011.
Are You a Boy or a Girl? by Karleen Pendleton Jimenez
Call Number: 813.54 P398a
Toronto: Green Dragon Press, 2000.
Helpful in beginning to talk with young children about gender roles and gender-based stereotypes.
Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman; Ian Hoffman; Chris Case (Illustrator)
Website for Andrew Solomon's Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, one chapter of which is devoted to transgender children and their families. Includes a page devoted to Community Voices, which invites readers to share their stories.
2013, U.S., Lori Petchers, director.
New York premiere Saturday, 19 October 2013, 7:30 p.m., Margaret Mead Film Festival, American Museum of Natural History.
"This moving documentary examines the social and psychological dynamics of being transgender through an intimate portrait of trans youth advocate Tony Ferraiolo. Tony guides children as young at eight and their parents through the confusing journey of defining themselves when their physical appearance conflicts with their self-image. Even as he struggles to come to terms with the complexities of his own life as transgender person, he labors to offer safety and assurance to families immersed in an often frightening transition. A Self-Made Man navigates the issues Tony and his charges face with a tone both candid and compassionate—much like its protagonist himself."