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 support their work.

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

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

It wasn’t until Nico Tortorella dug deep and began to examine the fluidity of both their sexuality and gender identity that they became more comfortable in their own skin, got sober, and fully embraced a queer lifestyle that afforded them the opportunity to explore the world outside the gender binary. Space Between is at once an education for readers, a manifesto for both the labeled and label-free generations, and a personal memoir of love, identity, and acceptance.

Before she became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016, Sarah McBride struggled with the decision to come out. She’d known she was a girl from her earliest memories, but it wasn’t until the Facebook post announcing her truth went viral that she realized just how much impact her story could have on the country. Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is McBride’s story of love and loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender.

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

Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on her public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn’t all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, bullying, discrimination, and rejection, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen.

“For readers looking for a candid introduction to some of the issues facing trans children and teens, this book is an excellent start.” —Publishers Weekly