For transcending the traditional binary mindset, here is a list of recommended nonfiction written by and/or about transgender or nonbinary people. This list was made as an addition to the Transgender Nonfiction list.

Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition

Adult Nonfiction - 306.768 Car

Indiana native P. Carl's impassioned memoir reflects on his difficult, yet triumphant, journey of transition. This issue-oriented narrative addresses social issues like privilege and acceptance with brutal honesty.

Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender

Kit Heyam
Adult Nonfiction

Heyam writes about the history of gender non-conformity in a large range of world cultures in this engaging, comprehensive history.

Disintegrate/Dissociate: Poems

Arielle Twist
Adult Nonfiction - 811.6 Twi

Indigenous trans author Twist's debut poetry collection tackles heavy themes like death and trauma while still focusing on a hopeful future. Twist's moving use of punctuation and white space heighten her sparse yet sharp writing.


Jos Charles
Adult Nonfiction - 811.6 Cha

Trans poet Charles queers her poetry both by writing in Middle English and by utilizing frequent typos to describe trans experiences in a world that has historically denied transgender people vocabulary to talk about their bodies, feelings, and very existences.

Gender Euphoria

Laura Kate Dale
Adult Nonfiction - 920 Gen

An anthology of essays written by 19 transgender, nonbinary, agender, genderfluid, and intersex authors. These personal stories celebrate queer love and the powerful joy of gender euphoria.

Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond the Binary

Joshua Ferguson
- Luna M. Ferguson
Adult Nonfiction - 305.3 Fer

This moving memoir chronicles Ferguson's life and transformation from misunderstood gender creative child to renowned trans activist, author, and filmmaker. Through personal experiences, Ferguson thoughtfully advocates for an inclusive and fluid understanding of sex and gender that goes beyond the binary.

Trans/Portraits: Voices From Transgender Communities

Jackson Wright Shultz
Adult Nonfiction - 306.768 Shu

A collective of life stories focusing on people of varying backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities, this book gives voice to individual transgender experiences.

Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution

Susan Stryker
Adult Nonfiction - 306.768 Str

This book discusses American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, covering major movements, writings, events, and key figures.

Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity

Arlene Stein
Adult Nonfiction - 306.768 Ste

Award-winning sociologist Arlene Stein follows four individuals who have scheduled top surgery on the same day at the same South Florida plastic surgery office. Interviews with trans men, medical and psychological experts, and activists of past and present help Stein offer modern insights on gender and identity.

We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan

Ellis Martin, Zach Ozma
- Editors
Adult Nonfiction - 306.768 Sul

Perhaps one of the earliest openly gay trans men, Lou Sullivan's meticulously kept diaries recount his life from adolescence to his untimely AIDS-related death in 1991. His diaries are a celebration of queer life, sensuality, and gender self-determination.