[note: as with everything else on this site, these resources have not been updated since 2002. links may be broken and/or better resource sites may exist elsewhere. a plethora of more recent books on trans issues have since been published, including my 2007 book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity.]

there is only so much i can say. so, i've compliled the following websites and books that i have found helpful in learning more about transgenderism and related topics. of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. each website probably has even more links and many of the books have plenty of references. but, this should at least get you started...

so here are some websites:

General Transgender Sites:
sexuality.org's Transgender Language & Definitions page
International Foundation for Gender Education
GIC of Colorado
Anne Serene's Trans Reference Site

Transgender Politics and Law:
Transgender Law and Policy Institute
National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC)
Transgender Law Center
GID Reform

MTF Transitioning Sites:
Transsexual Women's Resources
TS Roadmap
The Antijen Pages
the New Sex Change Indigo Pages

FTM Sites:
FTM International
FTM Info
The Transitional Male

Trans Youth & Family Sites:
Youth Gender Project
United Genders of the Universe
Transgendered Youth Links page

Intersexed Sites:

Intersex Society of North America

many many many more TG/TS websites can be found by following links listed on the pages of the above sites. another good resource is rachels-web.com, which has links to over 2,500 trans-web sites (for those who have a lot of time on their hands). if you want to do your own internet searches for TG/TS info, i would recomend using www.google.com.

below are a few books that i have found interesting and/or helpful on trans experiences and gender theory. the links will take you to the amazon.com site for each book - it's not that i'm a big fan of amazon or anything, but at least you can read other people's reviews and such there. unfortunately, most of these books can only be found at your local GLBT bookstore or at amazon.

Transgender Warriors
Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
by Leslie Feinberg

Sex Changes
The Politics of Transgenderism
by Pat Califia, Patrick Califia-Rice

Gender Shock
Exploding the Myths of Male and Female
by Phyllis Burke

Gender Outlaw
On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us
by Kate Bornstein

Read My Lips
Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender
by Riki Wilchins

Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary
by Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, Clare Howell

Evolution's Rainbow
Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People
by Joan Roughgarden

Myths of Gender
Biological Theories About Women and Men
by Anne Fausto-Sterling

Sexing the Body
Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
by Anne Fausto-Sterling

Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality
by Carol Queen (Editor), Lawrence Schimel (Editor)

note: i have some issues with the following two books, but have included them because many other people have found them to be useful or influential

True Selves
Understanding Transsexualism-For Families, Friends,
Coworkers, and Helping Professionals
by Mildred L. Brown, Chloe Ann Rounsley
"True Selves" is more for non-trans people who are learning about this for the first time. i found it full of gross oversimplifications, but many people have said that their families found this book to be very useful.

Gender Trouble
by Judith Butler
"Gender Trouble" is an influential book in gender theory, albeit a difficult read (especially if you do not have an academic gender studies background). but Butler’s ideas come up a lot when discussing gender theory, so you may want to check it out...

believe it or not, there are many many many more TG/TS related books out there - these are merely the ones that i wish to recommend. there are plenty of biographies, autobiographies, medical and psychological texts, essays, fiction, how-to guides, and so on. many of them can be found at (and ordered from) the IFGE bookstore. if you are interested in finding out even more, i would use amazon.com as a reference. if you do searches for key words such as "transgender", you'll get a few books listed. go to each book and check out the "customers who bought this book also bought" links. before you know it, you'll have a tranny book list that most people wouldn't want to shake a stick at...

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