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LGBTQ Literature: Books about Transgender Folks

This LibGuide provides resources to read and learn about LGBTQ literature. All resources are available through the LGBT Memorial Library in Roanoke, VA, or online.

Books about Transgender Folks

The literary canon and the Roanoke LGBT Memorial Library are both severely lacking in books by or about transgender and genderqueer people. However, a few books that can be defined in this category are listed below. It is also important to note that the Library's current cataloging system, which divides fiction into "FG" (fiction -- gay) and "FL" (fiction -- lesbian) is problematic for categorizing transgender books.

Orlando, by Virginia Woolf (1928)

Call number: FL WOO

In this fantastical novel inspired by Woolf's lover Vita Sackville-West, the nobleman Orlando is born a boy before magically becoming a woman later in life. Orlando lives for centuries in both gender roles, taking lovers of all genders and participating in world events.

Stone Butch Blues, by Leslie Feinberg (1993)

Call number: FL FEI

This novel tells the story of Jess Goldberg's attempts to find a place for herself in society. Not entirely comfortable as a stone butch in lesbian culture, she considers whether she might be a man and want to take testosterone.

The Danish Girl, by David Ebershoff (2000)

Call number: FG EBE

This novel tells a fictionalized version of the story of Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo gender confirmation surgery. Lili begins to discover her gender identity through modeling as a woman for her wife's art. This book has been made into an acclaimed film.