Transgender Awareness Week takes place November 14th through 20th. It's an opportunity to celebrate so many of the great advancements, achievements and dialogues that have taken place this year. The week culminates with the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th and presents an opportunity to reflect upon those who have been victimized by violence, in part or in whole, because of their transgender identity.
We here at the Los Angeles Public Library have so much to celebrate in the stacks of our library. Here are just a few 2014 releases from transgender authors writing about their diverse experiences:
I Am Jazz! by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel
14 year old Jazz Jennings co-authored her revolutionary children’s picture book with Stonewall National Education Project Director Herthel, illustrating her own journey of self-discovery that began at the age of two, a little girl who knew who she really was.
Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill
Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews
Two transgender teens meet in a Tulsa support group and start dating. They later find themselves in the national spotlight via 20/20 and Inside Edition and the like. What makes their stories remarkable is that they were each grappling with both being teenagers and being transgender, each in their own ways. Hill and Andrews each offer their own personal, engaging and heartfelt memoirs, Rethinking Normal and Some Assembly Required, which illustrate the complexity of being transgender teens.
What began with a ground-breaking 2011 self-authored profile in Marie Claire magazine culminated in Redefining Realness, Janet Mock’s memoir about her struggle to understand, accept and eventually embrace herself. Beginning as a child who questioned but didn’t understand her impulses, taking incremental personal and public steps toward defining her feminine self, her decision to travel to Thailand for gender reassignment surgery and writing her memoir not only for herself but for others like her.