Back by popular demand! The University Branch will be hosting the third annual Trans Shorts and Speed Friending event on November 12th from 6 – 7:30 p.m. to coincide with Transgender Awareness Month and Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. We’re partnering with Three Dollar Bill Cinema and TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival to make this event possible, and along with Three Dollar Bill, we’ll also have Seattle Nonbinary Collective, Lavender Rights Project, and Camp Ten Trees on hand to share information about their organizations during the event.
Trans Shorts & Speed Friending will be a fun evening consisting of film shorts made by transgender filmmakers followed by Speed Friending. If you’re looking for a low-stress and fun way to meet other queer/trans folks in a friendly environment then this is the event for you. This is a welcoming environment with refreshments and entertaining discussion prompts that will be sure to help facilitate connections and promote lively conversation. Folks with accessibility needs can be buzzed into the building on the north side of the library and there are several single occupancy restrooms in the building.
In celebration of Trans Awareness Month, here are some of our favorite books featuring transgender characters and/or themes:
Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction
Check out these 16 wild and weird stories about everything from ghosts and gods to mythical birds and magic doorways. All of your speculative fiction dreams without any of the gender and sexuality rigidity! 2018 Lambda Literary Fiction Award Winner.
Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom
“Every girl needs to be at least a little bit dangerous.” You’ll find both trans femme vigilante gangs and the tender work of healing trauma in this fictionalized memoir about a young Asian trans girl.
Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
Riley Snorton explores the intersections of blackness and transness using a range of archival materials with both storytelling and academic analysis. This phenomenal book is not only a Lambda Literary Award Winner, but also a Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction in 2018.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
This is a magical realism young adult novel about love and friendship, but is also so much more. It is replete with captivating and lyrical prose, a rich and lush setting, but most importantly unforgettable characters that drive the narrative. It deals with “teen” issues including racism, gender identity, sex, and more in a sensitive and wholly respectful way. Miel, a Latinx girl who grows roses out of her wrist, attempts to reconcile her past with all of the rumors swirling around about her. Sam, an Italian-Pakistani boy has been hiding a secret that he’s trans. However, the beautiful yet cruel Bonner sisters threaten to expose the secrets that Miel and Sam desperately want to keep hidden. Longlist, 2016 National Book Awards for Young People’s Literature, 2017 Stonewall Book Award Honor.
If I Was your Girl by Meredith Russo
A young adult book about a transgender teen by a transgender author, with a transgender model on the book cover?! Yes, please! Amanda is the new girl at her high school, and just like every other teenage girl, simply wants to fit in. But, she’s hiding a big secret and is determined not to let anyone get too close to her, in order to protect herself. But then she meets the charming and kind Grant. This is a lovely and important book that deals with a young teen who’s transitioned and has to make the difficult decision of whether or not to out herself to each new person she meets. 2017 Stonewall Book Award.
A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
This 60-page pronoun guide in comic format is written by old friends, Archie, a genderqueer artist who uses they/them pronouns and Tristan, a cisgender dude who uses he/him pronouns. They teamed up because Archie wanted help introducing this topic in an accessible way to people who might not be super familiar with gender neutral language. It does a great job explaining “what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them” in a fun yet serious way.
Looking for more titles about the transgender experience? You can find a selected list here.
~ Posted by Kristy G. and Micah K., your hosts for the Trans Shorts and Speed Friending event.