Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender Nonconforming Voices on Audio

Trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming authors are writing fantastic memoirs, poetry, and fiction 365 days a year, but there’s no time like Pride Month to celebrate their work.

Whether you’re looking for a primer on trans issues and gender fluidity or representation within fictional stories, these audiobooks are a great place to start with your ears, mind, and heart open. Pride, after all, is a many gendered thing.

River McIntyre has grown up down the street from Sea Planet, an infamous marine life theme park. When a chance encounter with a happy, healthy queer person lands River literally in the shark tank, they must admit the truth: they don’t know who they are. Man o’War follows River’s wrenching journey of self-discovery through layers of coming out, affirmation surgery, and true freakin’ love.

In the 15th century four Mahu, extraordinary individuals of dual male and female spirit, sail from Tahiti to Hawaii and share their gifts of science and healing with the people of Waikiki. The islanders return this gift with a monument of four boulders in their honor, which the Mahu imbue with healing powers before disappearing. In Kapaemahu, the power of the Mahu still calls out to those who pass by them at Waikiki Beach today.

Obie knew his transition would have ripple effects. He has to leave his swim coach, his pool, and his best friends. As Obie dives into a new swim team, things are strange. Obie always felt at home in the water, but now he can’t get his old coach and his new bullies out of his head. In Obie is Man Enough, Obie is ready to prove he can be one of the fastest boys in the water—to his coach, his critics, and his biggest competition: himself.

Author: Danica Roem
Read By: Danica Roem

Danica Roem made national headlines when–as a transgender former frontwoman for a metal band and a political newcomer–she unseated Virginia’s most notoriously anti-LGBTQ 26-year incumbent Bob Marshall as state delegate. Burn the Page is a memoir-meets-manifesto that takes listeners from Danica’s lonely, closeted childhood to her position as a rising star in a party she’s helped forever change.

Author: Chella Man
Read By: Chella Man

In Continuum, fine artist, activist, and Titans actor Chella Man uses his own experiences as a deaf, transgender, genderqueer, Jewish person of color to talk about cultivating self-acceptance and acting as one’s own representation.

Spencer Harris has gotten a fresh start at Oakley, and seems to have it all: accepting classmates, a shot at a starting position on the boys’ soccer team, great new friends. The only problem is no one at Oakley knows Spencer is trans—he’s passing. But when a discriminatory law forces Spencer’s coach to bench him, Spencer has to make a choice: cheer his team on from the sidelines or publicly fight for his right to play.

Reese had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn’t hate. She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of. But then Amy detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach.

“This audiobook illuminates the beating heart of modern queer and trans life; it’s one you’re not going to want to miss.”–AudioFile

A singular, beautifully written coming-of-age memoir of a Filipino woman with albinism whose story travels from an immigrant childhood to Harvard to a gender transition and illuminates the illusions of race, disability, and gender. Throughout her journey, Meredith Talusan shares poignant and powerful episodes of desirability and love. Her evocative reflections will shift our own perceptions of love, identity, gender, and the fairness of life.

“Talusan sails past the conventions of trans and immigrant memoirs.” —The New York Times Book Review

Author: Jacob Tobia
Read By: Jacob Tobia

As a young child Jacob Tobia wasn’t the wrong gender, they just had too much of the stuff. Barbies? Yes. Playing with bugs? Absolutely. But because Jacob was “a boy,” they were told they could only have the masculine half. Acting feminine labelled them “a sissy”. It took Jacob years to discover that being “a sissy” isn’t something to be ashamed of. It’s a source of pride. A heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and giggle-inducing memoir that guarantees you’ll never think about gender–both other people’s and your own–the same way again.

“Tobia is a gifted speaker. Their voice is playful and likable, and the listening experience seems akin to having a conversation with a friend.”–AudioFile

In this installment of Pocket Change Collective, Alok Vaid-Menon challenges the world to see gender not in black and white, but in full color. Taking from their own experiences as a gender-nonconforming artist, they show us that gender is a malleable and creative form of expression.

“A fierce, penetrating, and empowering call for change.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

There are no monsters anymore. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to answer to the question–How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

“[A] beautiful, genre-expanding debut…Pet is a nesting doll of creative possibilities.” –The New York Times