Books with Transgender Characters

November 18, 2020 – Kayla Thompson & Alli Boyer, Adult Services

Greetings and happy November! Some of you may or may not know that this week (November 13th-19th) is Transgender Awareness Week: a week when transgender people and their allies work to bring attention to the transgender community. This experience usually involves 1. educating the public about who transgender people are by sharing stories and experiences, and 2. advocating issues (like prejudice, discrimination, and violence) that affect the transgender community.

This Transgender Awareness Week leads up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. According to GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance “was founded by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor her memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.” This day usually consist of public or private vigils, moments of silence, or the reading and remembering of names of transgender people who were, unfortunatly and unjustly, victims of lethal violence during the past year.  You can learn more about Transgender Day of Remembrance by visiting As you can see, we are already close to the end of this week, but never fear: we aren’t done just yet!

If you have visited the Cape Girardeau Public Library recently, you might have noticed the book display we have near the Information Desk showcasing some of the nonfiction titles we have that explore what it means to be transgender, as well as how to be supportive of those who are going through transition (or not). Along with our nonfiction selections, we wanted to share a list of some of the fiction titles that feature transgender characters or authors, as well as some memoirs written by transgender writers.

Adult Titles:
The Four Profound Weaves by R.B. Lemberg

Dragman by Steven Appleby
Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg
Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir by Bishakh Som
Fairest: A Memoir by Meredith Talusan
Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Stealing Thunder by Alina Boyden
Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition by P. Carl
Frankissstein: A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson
Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen
Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition by Elijah Nealy
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Anders
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Anders
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar
The Seep by Chana Porter
The Danish Girl: A Novel by David Ebershoff
Continental Divide by Alex Meyers
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Against the Wind: A Novel by Jim Tilley
Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve
Homesick: Stories by Nino Cipri
The Days of Anna Madrigal: A Novel by Armistead Maupin

Teen Titles:
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman
Into the Real by Z. Brewer
Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Blood Sport by Tash McAdam
Pet by Akaeke Emezi
Birthday by Meredith Russo
Transverse: Poetry About Being Transgender by Theodore Ashford
Some Assembly Required: the Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Rethinking Normal: a Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill

Youth Titles:
Be Amazing: A History of Pride by Desmond is Amazing

Freeing Finch by Ginny Rorby
Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker 
The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
When Aiden Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff


*Note: The books listed above are titles that the library has in the collection. We have not read all of these titles. If anyone finds content that is inaccurate, or if you have suggestions that you as a patron feel reflect these experiences more accurately, please do not hesitate to let us know or to request different titles. We are not experts on the transgender community; we simply want to show our support as allies.

Cape Girardeau Public Library

Our mission is to be the community's first choice for information gathering experiences through social interaction, programming, technology and the written word for all ages. Come visit us today and follow us on Facebook to stay in the know.

lab image