Celebrating Trans Lives

November is Transgender Awareness Month! Seattle Public Library is excited to honor this celebration of transgender folks through events, book displays, and this book recommendation list of books by trans people.

transgender-historyThe first book I would recommend reading this month is Transgender History by Susan Stryker, because the transgender community wouldn’t be where we are today without the community activists who have fought for our rights. The depth of Susan Stryker’s research combined with the personal touch of her strong connections to many trans activists make this book a fast and educational read. For those who prefer a documentary film to a book, Stryker also filmed Screaming Queens about a 1966 act of resistance by trans women in San Francisco. Continue reading “Celebrating Trans Lives”

Embracing Gender Diversity

they~posted by Micah K.

Here at Seattle Public Library we think a lot about how we can be a more inclusive resource for our communities. When the American Dialect Society announced in January that the singular “they” was the word of 2015, we started discussing in more depth the benefits of using gender neutral language when serving our patrons. We live in a world that attaches gender to everything: from toys to books to clothes, we’ve been socialized to see things as either masculine or feminine. We recognize that as professionals that interact with the public, it is second nature to assume gender in our brief interactions with you lovely humans. Instead of taking the easy route of relying on our assumptions about gender, we are challenging ourselves to use gender inclusive language to welcome our transgender and gender non-conforming patrons and create more space for gender diversity in our libraries. (We also really do not want to misgender, or use a word or pronoun that does not correctly reflect the gender with which an individual identifies, our patrons.) Continue reading “Embracing Gender Diversity”

LGB-T!: Transgender Materials at the Library

Recently, The Seattle Public Library tabled at the Gender Odyssey conference, the first time a library has been present at a major national conference for the trans community.

In preparation for the conference, John from the Capitol Hill branch assembled a number of lists to highlight some of the many trans materials we have in our collection, from teen fiction to fiction to memoirs to DVDs and streaming eVideos. Gender Odyssey conference attendees were surprised and delighted by what we had to offer!

We are bringing these wonderful lists with us to Banned! Books in Drag on Saturday, 9/27 at Neighbours Nightclub but wanted to share them here as well. Enjoy!

Transgender Young Adult & Teen Books

Transgender Fiction

Transgender Nonfiction

Transgender Memoirs & Biographies

Transgender Films on DVDs

Transgender Streaming eVideos


Romantic Wednesdays: LGBTQ Pride

Posted by Eric G.

It’s been 45 years since Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) New Yorkers fought back against police harassment at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, helping to usher in the modern LGBTQ rights movement. This weekend is also the 40th Anniversary of the Seattle Pride Parade, which was lucky enough to snag the ever-popular George Takei as its grand marshal! Naturally, I corralled some queer reads to complement this colorful time of year. Be proud of who you are, who you love and what you read! Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: LGBTQ Pride”

An Evening with Jamison Green at the Capitol Hill Library!

Image of Jamison GreenOn Thursday, August 1st at 6:30 p.m., come join us at the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library for a reading and discussion with author, educator, and transgender advocate, Jamison Green. 

Mr. Green has spent over 25 years working for transgender civil rights, health, and social safety. Starting with a grass-roots support group in San Francisco in 1988, he quietly led a community-building social movement that is changing the world. An award-winning activist, inspiring speaker, legislative provocateur, and role model for thousands of transgender people, he is also President-Elect of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Continue reading “An Evening with Jamison Green at the Capitol Hill Library!”