Social Justice Department

Below is a list of books we recommend for Post Secondary students. We are always looking for more books to add to our resource library collection.

The Nearest Exit May be Behind You, (2009) Bergman, S. Bear

A collection of personal essays from a trans-masculine perspective, featuring topics such as coming out, family, identity and religion. Bear is funny and wry and celebrates what it means to live visibly queer and visibly trans.

One in Every Crowd (2012) Coyote, Ivan E

Comprised of new stories and others culled from previous collections, One in Every Crowd is for anyone who has ever felt different or alone in their struggle to be true to themselves.

Odd Girl Speaks Out (2004) Simmons, Rachel

Rachel creates a safe place for girls to talk, rant, sound off, and find each other. The result is a collection of wonderful accounts of the inner lives of adolescent girls. Candid and disarming, creative and expressive, and always exceptionally self-aware, these poems, songs, confessions, and essays form a journal of American girlhood.

Missed Her (2010) Coyoye, Ivan E.

Whether discussing the politics of being butch with a pet lapdog, befriending an effeminate young man at a gay camp, or revisiting a forty-year-old heartbreak around her grandmother’s kitchen table, Ivan traverses love, gender, and identity with a wistful, perceptive eye and a warmth that’s as embracing and powerful as Ivan themself.

Loser (2003) Spinelli, Jerry

From renowned Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli comes an incredible story about how not fitting in might just lead to an incredible life.

Loose End (2005) Coyote, Ivan E.

Some of the most touching and funniest stories deal with the complications of living, as the author does, on the borders of established gender roles. Others simply observe the world, reminding us that the wonderful, the magical, can be found in small things.

I am J (2012) Beam, Cris

J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a “real boy” and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible — from his parents, from his friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he’s done hiding

How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity (2009) Ed. Michael Cart.

The tales in this collection present not only the variety of identities in the LGBTQ community—trans, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, and gay—but also the variety of experiences of being human—love, regret, betrayal, discovery.

Gracefully Grayson (2014) Polonsky, Ami

Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: “he” is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender’s body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson’s true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher’s wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

Getting the Girl (2008) Juby, Susan

Part comedy, part mystery and with all of Juby’s trademark tongue-in-cheek humour,Getting the Girltakes on one of the cruellest aspects of high school: how easy it is for an entire school to turn on someone, and how hard it is to be the only one willing to fight back.

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