Complex Stories, Complex Voices
“I didn’t hear the word transgender until I was eighteen, when a person I was dating came out as trans. My boyfriend came out as my girlfriend, and I thought, ‘What . . . is that?’ She said, ‘I just don’t think I’m a man.’ And I said, ‘Guess what? Neither do I.’ And then the skies parted, and I understood who I was.”—Katie Burgess, nonprofit director and community activist/organizer
Meet Katie, Hayden, Dean, Brooke, David, Julia, and Natasha. Each is transgender, and in this book, they share their personal stories. Through their narratives, you’ll get to know and love each person for their humor, intelligence, perseverance, and passion. You’ll learn how they each came to better understand, accept, and express their gender identities, and you’ll follow them through the sorrows and successes of their personal journeys.
Transgender Lives helps you understand what it means to be transgender in America while learning more about transgender history, the broad spectrum of transgender identities, and the transition process. You’ll explore the challenges transgender Americans face, including discrimination, prejudice, bullying and violence, unequal access to medical care, and limited legal protections. For transgender readers, these stories offer support and encouragement. Transgender Lives is a space for trans* voices to be heard and to express the complexities of gender while focusing on what it means to be human.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Young Adult|
|Category||Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||88|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List
Library Media Connection
“Cronn-Mills has written an admirably informative and respectful book….This book should be on the shelf in all middle, high school, and public libraries where patrons could be seeking understanding and/or affirmation of the complexities of gender….Highly Recommended.”―starred, Library Media Connection
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“YAs familiar with Cronn-Mills from her Stonewall Award–winning Beautiful Music for Ugly Children will be particularly pleased to encounter her nonfiction work.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Literature
“In this collection of narrative and photographic portraits, Cronn-Mills introduces her readers to individuals who defy generalization in their lives spanning the transgender spectrum….Even readers familiar with transgender narratives will grow with deeper understanding and compassion.” —Booklist
Author: Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Kirstin Cronn-Mills, PhD, teaches writing, literature, and critical thinking at South Central College in North Mankato, Minnesota. She writes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books and articles. Her first young adult novel, The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind, was a Minnesota Book Award finalist. Her second—Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, a coming-of-age story about Gabe, a trans* music geek—was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and the 2014 Stonewall Book Award winner for best children's and young adult book about the gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender experience.