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.

Gender Failure (2014) Coyote Ivan & Spoon Rae.

In their first collaborative book, Ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all.

Freak Show (2007) St. James, James

Outrageously over-the-top teen drag queen Billy Bloom, a new student at the very conservative Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy, finds that life is not easy for him among the rich white students with their brutal homophobia.

Far from Xanadu (2005) Peters, Julie Anne.

Mike Szabo–ace softball player, weightlifter, a.k.a. Mary Elizabeth–has enough trouble surviving in her small town before a new girl, Xanadu, turns Mike’s life upside down.

Drag King Dreams (2006) Feinberg, Leslie.

The story of Max, a butch lesbian bartender at an East Village club where drag kings perform. A veteran of the women’s and gay movement of the past 30 years, Max’s mid-life crisis hits in the midst of the post-9/11.

Debbie Harry Sings in French (2008) Brothers, Meagan

Johnny is pretty sure he isn’t gay, but he’s not quite sure what it means that he wants to be Debbie Harry—to dress like her, have hair like hers, and to hang out with drag queens.

Another Kind of Cowboy (2007) Juby, Susan

Alex Ford wishes his father had seen the movie Brokeback Mountain. Because then he might understand that it’s possible to be a gay cowboy. Trouble is, Alex doesn’t even want to be a cowboy; his dream is to ditch Western-style riding and take up dressage.

Close to Spiderman (2000) Coyote, Ivan E.

Short stories by Ivan who has a clear feminist voice that powerfully details what it means to experience life as a girl when your imagination is hungry enough to identify and crave the different sorts of freedoms that boys have.

Boy Meets Boy (2003) Levithan, David

This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

Blue Boy (2009) Satyal, Rakesh

Can Kiran Sharma, a twelve-year-old Indian American boy who secretly puts on his mother’s make-up, plays with dolls, and practices ballet, really be the reincarnation of the gender-bending Hindu god Krishna?

Beyond Magenta- Transgender teens Speak out (2014) Kuklin, Susan

A ground breaking work of LGBT literature takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens.

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