What does it mean to be transgender?
When people are born they are generally assigned either male or female at birth. However, some people who are assigned a specific sex don’t feel as though that is who they are supposed to be. Sex is biological (male/female), but gender identity is how you feel and identify yourself as a person. Transgender means that the sex you were assigned at birth does not match your gender identity. For example, a person born with male anatomy who identifies as a female or a person who is born with female anatomy and identifies as a male.
Transgender people are becoming more known now than ever before. There are more transgender people appearing in the media everyday. We believe it is super important to educate others about transgender people and provide resources that can be helpful to you if you are a struggling transgender person or are trying to find resources regarding a transgender person, friend or family member. We have some resources listed throughout our website regarding transgender people. Here are some general resources and book resources, along with some video resources that you can access here.
National Center for Transgender Equality is the national leading social justice advocacy organization for transgender people.
The Transgender Law Center is an organization working to engage in effective advocacy and raise awareness for transgender people.
Out! As I want to be
Out! As I want to be provides support for LGBTQ youth up until the age of 22 throughout Midcoast Maine.
The Trans Youth Equality Foundation is an organization based out of Portland, Maine. The Trans Youth Equality Foundation was created to advocate for transgender youth in Maine.
We also have listed some books based around transgender and gender non conforming people for all ages.
Red: A Crayon’s Color
by Michael Hall
“A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as “red” suffers an identity crisis in the new picture book.”
The Boy With Pink Hair
by Perez Hilton
“The Boy with Pink Hair. He had a cotton candy colored mop that no one had ever seen before . . . Life is not easy being pink. Adults stare at you, little children giggle behind your back and some kids are just mean. But when you have a best friend who appreciates your uniqueness and parents who are loving and supportive, you can do just about anything.”
My Princess Boy
by Cheryl Kilodavis
This is a great story about a boy names Dyson who loves pink and sparkly things. Sometimes he likes to wear jeans, but he also likes to wear dresses. Dyson likes to wear a princess tiara, even when doing activities like climbing trees. Dyson is a Princess Boy.
Oliver Button Is a Sissy
by Tomie dePaola
This book is a great book that explores gender stereotypes and teaches acceptance of differences. Oliver is not your typical boy; he likes to do things his own way.
by Darwin Ward
Becoming Alec is a story about a a girl who thought she was a lesbian. When she told her parents how she felt they threw her out of the house. Alex moves to Chicago on a journey of self discovery and finds who she really is.
I Am J
by Cris Beam
“J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a “real boy” and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible — from his parents, from his friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he’s done hiding — it’s time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.”
Transgender Explained For Those Who Are Not
by Joanne Herman
This book tells stories and describes in a simplified way what it means to be transgender. This book is a great resource and may help to answer some questions you may have.
by Amy Ellis Nutt
This book talks about a transgender teen and the struggles she faces while trying to gain the resources and rights she deserves.
by Rachel Gold
“They say that whoever you are it’s okay, you were born that way. Those words don’t comfort Emily, because she was born Christopher and her insides know that her outsides are all wrong.”
Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy
by Jennifer Levi
“Transgender people have unique needs and vulnerabilities in the family law context. Any family law attorney engaged in representing transgender clients must know the ins and outs of this rapidly developing area of law.”
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals
By Stephanie Brill
“This comprehensive first of its kind guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising their children in every city and state. Through extensive research and interviews, as well as years of experience working in the field, the authors cover gender variance from birth through college. What do you do when your toddler daughter’s first sentence is that she’s a boy? What will happen when your preschool son insists on wearing a dress to school? Is this ever just a phase? How can you explain this to your neighbors and family? How can parents advocate for their children in elementary schools? What are the current laws on the rights of transgender children? What do doctors specializing in gender variant children recommend? What do the therapists say?”
by Ryan Sallans
“Second Son is a story that intimately explores the transition experience of Ryan Sallans, born Kimberly Ann Sallans. The reader is pulled through Ryan’s transition from infant to child, child to body-obsessed teenage girl, teenage girl to eating-disordered young woman, female to male, daughter to son, and finally a beloved partner to a cherished fiance’. A unique lens on life and love.”