Most people would agree that gay and lesbian literature exists. Go into a large, urban bookstore and you are likely to find a few racks full of books written by gay and lesbian authors, with gay and lesbian protagonists, aimed at gay and lesbian readers. Go looking for trans material, on the other hand, and you’ll probably find it in “gender studies”, next door to “feminism”. There won’t be any fiction. Most of the books will either be theoretical studies of trans issues, or memoirs of trans people (almost always male-to-female).

It is not hard to come up with possible reasons for this. To start with the number of trans people is relatively small compared to the number of gay and lesbian people. If the market for a book is very small then it is unlikely to be bought by a major publisher, or get on the shelves in anything other than a specialist bookstore. Of course a well written book about a trans person could sell to a wider audience. Jenny Boylan has been successful in doing this, but she’s something of an exception. Roz Kaveney is a respected literary critic and has written many books, but her trans novel remains unsold. One editor did express an interest, but senior management at the publisher blocked the deal on the grounds that they were already publishing “too many experimental novels by sexual deviants.”

There’s a problem right away. If someone like Gore Vidal or Jeffrey Eugenides writes a book about a trans person it is hailed as brilliantly edgy, but if a trans person does the same thing it is likely to be rejected as the work of a self-obsessed weirdo.

There are a number of trans people who have successful careers as writers, but mostly they don’t write about trans issues. If you are a writer you want to reach as many readers as possible, and if people don’t want to read about trans characters, well, you don’t include them. You can’t blame the writers for this. Employment discrimination against trans people is still rampant, and writing is one way they can earn a living without having to deal with a corporate HR department.

Yet what would “trans literature” be like? When we talk about the literature of an identity group we mean that members of the group want to read about people like themselves. African-Americans want books with African-American protagonists; lesbians want books with lesbian protagonists; and so on. But the trans community is very diverse, and different parts of it have very different needs. Cross-dressers, for example, often read, and write, erotic fantasies about cross-dressing. Pre-transition transsexuals reportedly read memoirs and theory voraciously in order to find out if transition is right for them, and how to survive it. Post transition, however, they often settle happily into their preferred gender and have no further need for trans books. They are often content identifying with characters of their preferred gender and don’t want to be reminded of what they see as a painful past life.

Those who regard themselves as in a third gender, as gender-free or gender-fluid, and those who are intersex, will probably want books about people like themselves. Obviously there is a real need for a literature for them. However, they are only a part of the trans community (and apologies to any of them who do not want to be regarded as part of it), so the market is even smaller.

Nevertheless, fiction about trans people does exist. Charlie Anders won a Lammy with the novel, Choir Boy. Online web comics, perhaps thanks to the influence of manga and anime, include many works by self-identified trans people. Rebecca Ann Heineman’s Sailor Ranko, Jenn Dolari’s Closetspace and Venus Envy by Erin Lindsey are good examples. Kate Bornstein recommends the writing of Sassafras Lowrey and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. The market may not be big enough to interest major publishers, but you can find it if you look for it.

Finally, we shouldn’t ignore non-trans writers who want to experiment. Trans characters are quite popular as fictional devices, especially in science fiction where writers love to speculate on the future of humanity. As trans people are still so badly misunderstood and feared by the rest of society, any positive portrayals of them are to be welcomed. Novel writers sometimes get things badly wrong, but they are generally less prone to sensationalism than TV or movies. I have worked with a few science fiction writers and have been pleased at how keen they are to get trans characters right.

Obviously an overview like this can only scratch the surface of the many and varied types of writing by and about trans people. My own specialty is in science fiction, which I’m always happy to write about. However, I’m hoping that other people will come forward and tell us about their particular corner of the wonderfully diverse field that is trans literature. What stories do you have to tell?



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44 Responses to “Is There, or Should There Be, Such a Thing as ‘Trans Lit’?”

  1. nicola 1 March 2010 at 12:58 AM #

    If someone like Gore Vidal or Jeffrey Eugenides writes a book about a trans person it is hailed as brilliantly edgy, but if a trans person does the same thing it is likely to be rejected as the work of a self-obsessed weirdo.

    Isn’t that the truth! I empathise. The same thing happens with lesbian writers/literature in the trade press (sigh). In our own community we’re finally past the endless coming out stories and are happy to read novels with dyke protagonists that aren’t *about* being dykes. But the trade press still mostly prefers dykes to languish in anguish over who we have sex with. Mostly. There are glimmers of hope here and there.

    So, yep, empathy.

    Question: have you read Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman? Just wondering what you thought of Lady Dela.


  2. Cheryl Morgan 1 March 2010 at 12:54 PM #

    My review of Alison Goodman’s book (which goes by different names in different countries) can be found here. The short version is that I thought she did pretty well. I’m hoping that she’ll be at the Worldcon in Melbourne (she is Australian) so that I can talk to her about it.


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  4. Niki Smith 1 March 2010 at 4:19 PM #

    Another webcomic of mention is Khaos Komix ( http://www.khaoskomix.com/ ). Chapters 1-2 are gay, 2-3 lesbian, 4-5 FtM in a gay relationship, and the upcoming chapters 6-7 MtF in a straight relationship. The author is blogging about his own transition at http://khaoskomix.livejournal.com/


  5. Iolanthe Woulff 1 March 2010 at 6:00 PM #

    As it happens, my debut novel SHE’S MY DAD was published last November. The title character, Nickie Farrell, is a male-to-female transsexual woman, as am I.

    The critical reception has been most gratifying. One (very straight) reviewer wrote: “If you like fiction in the tradition of John Irving and Tom Wolfe, you should enjoy reading SHE’S MY DAD. Part mystery/thriller, part an artistic work of lyric brilliance, this novel about the prejudice gays and transgender people face is a fast-paced, suspenseful read.”

    Bio, excerpts, more reviews, photos etc. are available on my website: http://www.iolanthewoulff.com


  6. Grover 1 March 2010 at 9:15 PM #

    As a writer of TG fiction I find the above article interesting. Published, no, but since at last count there are only 30K some odd folks out there making their living at writing fiction, my own works are not alone. Most of us have our own sites where we read and write. BigCloset, StarDust, and of course FictionMania all hosts TG stories. My own two favorites are BigCloset and StarDust which where I post my scribbles. As far as the type of stories, it is like is said above. From exploring issues regarding transitioning to simply stories featuring TG characters. I do hope that one day we will find some acceptance for these stories that comes from our hearts.
    Grover


    • Oliver Leon 11 May 2011 at 8:18 PM #

      Oh my god, I had no idea there were sites like these! Why oh why do I have to do a bunch of homework due tomorrow, the last day of school? Oh well… something to look forward to this weekend.


  7. Erin Halfelven 1 March 2010 at 9:18 PM #

    There are vital and thriving Transgender Fiction websites. I run one of the largest and most successful with thousands of stories and members and hundreds of authors. Everyday, 11000+ people visit and read stories at BigCloset and five to twenty new stories are posted. Every month dozens of Transgender themed paperbacks and e-books are purchased from our bookstores. It’s a niche market but it’s a fairly wide and deep niche.

    http://bigclosetr.us


  8. moth 1 March 2010 at 9:28 PM #

    Don’t forget about T Cooper’s Some of the Parts.


  9. Cheryl Morgan 1 March 2010 at 9:58 PM #

    Thanks for all the great recommendations, folks. Keep them coming.

    Erin: That sounds like the sort of site Lambda would be interested in an article about. You should offer to write one.


  10. Nancy Cole 1 March 2010 at 10:24 PM #

    As a writer and someone who has spent a lifetime dealing with my own transgender issues, I have always found the lack of well written, non-exploitative transgender fiction disappointing. While it is true that there are many fine autobiographical works that have become available through the mass market such as She’s Not There by Jennifer Finny Boylan and Wrapped in Blue by Donna Rose, biographies have limits. That is why I became encouraged when, a few years back, I came across a self published Irish writer by the name of Jenny Walker. Her four books, No Half Measures; Vols One and Two, Breaking Cover, and Chasing Hope are well written stories with characters that are well developed and a welcomed break from the usual sort you find in most TG fiction that is, all too often, pornographic. I would recommend Jenny’s books to anyone who is transgender, who has a friend who is transgender or who is seeking to learn more about transgender issues while enjoying a good story. Taking my cue from Jenny, I tried my hand at the genre, writing under the name Nancy Cole. Like Jenny, I have found it necessary to go the self publishing route, one that is difficult and has serious pitfalls. Still, it does provide an avenue to writers who are doing what we can to play catch-up to the rest of the GLBT community when it comes to educating and entertaining though literature.


  11. Alison 2 March 2010 at 2:55 AM #

    I enjoy the stories on sites like Big Closet, though I have to admit it takes time to find authors who are good writers. Through BigCloset, I have also found my way to authors of transgender fiction at self-publishing sites like LuLu. Of course with self-publishing, the author is on his or her own for editing. This is a crucial step skipped by some. At times I have found myself frustrated with books that have good plot or character development, but lack the perspective of an editor. This goes beyond proofreading to questions that only someone who is not the author could ask. Hopefully the self-publishing world provides a spark and starting point that the best transgender authors can use to enter the mainstream.


  12. Catherine Linda Michel 2 March 2010 at 3:12 AM #

    I am one of those TG writers, and I post regularly at Erin’s Top Shelf site. I also DO have a book out, published by Lulu/Doppler press, called HEADLIGHTS GIRL. I did both local Television and radio spots publicizing the book, and did a book signing at my local Waldenbooks outlet, and the book is available from them, as well as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, online, and of course, from Top Shelf itself. Granted, I am not getting rich or even well known, and I am only one of dozens and dozens of very talented writers who write and post at Top Shelf and the other sites mentioned. There are many who deserve to be published but are uncertain of their welcome in the marketplace. I am, by the way, a Male to Female transsexual. TG literature is alive and well, and that’s damn real.


  13. Jenn Dolari 2 March 2010 at 5:50 AM #

    Thank you for the mention. :)


  14. Sassafras Lowrey 2 March 2010 at 1:54 PM #

    Thank you for including me amongst transgender authors, and for having this much needed conversation about the work that we do.


  15. Charles 2 March 2010 at 9:23 PM #

    Thank you for this. In sum, I guess it’s a good thing I like webcomics. The commercial filtering of what books we have access to would be unbearable without the internet.

    I’d also recommend Misfile http://www.misfile.com/ for the FTM vein, although sometimes it makes me feel better and some times it’s so close to home I’m near physical pain. In other words, really well done. It’s another fantasy of boy-turned-girl and is having trouble getting back. It also holds up a light to a lot of the ways us transguys can be so politically incorrect, because (for example) of course it’s okay for us to hold doors, but guys holding doors for us is insulting.


  16. Sacchi Green 3 March 2010 at 2:10 AM #

    Unless one considers erotica to be inherently exploitative, I think it would be worth considering Hanne Blank and Raven Kaldera’s Best Transgender Erotica (Circlet Press, 2002) in this discussion. Some of the writers are trans (Charlie Anders is there) and some aren’t, but all treat the theme with respect, and there is heart and soul in the book as well as the expected carnal aspects.

    (Disclaimer: yes, I have a story in it, so I may be biased.)


  17. RickSmith 3 March 2010 at 5:48 AM #

    Since I’m still trying to figure myself out and decide just how much to push others to recognize me as male, it is very difficult to push anything in the writing arena. I’ve had many moments where I exercised prior restraint on myself, especially with the companies who buy my work. Right now, I make my living writing how-to articles.

    I have only gone to the mat once over a trans issue, because it mattered very much to me that an article on transitional housing services address the challenges transfolk face when they need to access services. I pushed a few limits quietly by including trans information in the references and resources of several of my relationship articles. What I have not done, because my own place on the continuum has often meant a very sketchy life, is write specifically about trans issues of written fiction about trans characters.

    My poetry back in the early 90’s that was inspired by a lesbian coworker who was unsuccessful in making me confront myself, was very emotionally charged and it was easy to let it go stealth and pretend to be ‘
    straight romantic verse. So my guess would be that a trans author/writer/poet/playwright would need a really large ego to even present any work, let alone be comfortable being identified as trans while doing so. Look at what has happened on the reality talent shows when genderqueers act like themselves. Adam Lambert wasn’t doing anything that hasn’t been seen for years in YouTube videos of various Japanese pop stars such as Gackt (look for Vanilla, fan service).

    Anyway, thanks for reading my ramble. Between the late hour, the flu and being full to the brim with irritation at how often I’ve had to hold back, I’m not making a lot of sense. Oh, and no offense, but a nod to trans lit doesn’t mean much when the bulk of your site is actually devoted to lesbian topics and calls for (possibly paid) writing gigs for lesbian authors/topics/stories. And don’t get me started about how totally invisible us guys are in the trans community. ;)
    Rick, tired of playing Jane (I think I just found a title for something)


  18. Emma Martin 3 March 2010 at 12:11 PM #

    Excellent article and quite thought provoking. I’m a writer currently working on my first full-length novel. It started out as a bit of a polemic, which I didn’t realise until I was told by an agent! The trans issue is still there, but now a lot subtler … something that hopefully creeps up on the reader without them realising it. The novel ‘The Box of Stolen Lives’ spans 14 centuries and traces discrimination in 7th, 17th and 21st Century England through a genecidal massacre. New website hopefully going up in draft form shortly at emmamartin.net Any comments appreciated


  19. Laura Anne Seabrook 3 March 2010 at 2:16 PM #

    As I wrote for Polare a while ago, in Trans Web Comics: there’s more to Trans / Queer media than just anthologies, autobiographies and histories. Bring on all the varied tales of being that we see in the mainstream: the romances; thrillers; adventures; murder mysteries, humorous tales and so on. Bring on the comics (web or otherwise) that show us for who and what we are, and show transgendered people and behaviour as a part of what it means to be human.


  20. Rebecca 4 March 2010 at 4:34 AM #

    I’ve written quite a bit about trans fiction, and would agree with a number of the other comments here in stating that trans fiction does exist, even if there isn’t a huge body of work. (And, of course, Sturgeon’s Law applies.) One of my particular favorites in the trans fiction cannon is The Whateley Academy universe, and Jade and Ayla’s stories in particular. I’d say they’re the two most compelling and well-written trans characters I’ve seen in any media.

    I would also ask the question of why forced transition fiction (and usually forced feminization fiction) is so popular. My own theory is, above and beyond the erotic aspect for some people, it speaks to a desire many trans people have of giving control of their transition up to someone else. This definitely applies to why I read forced feminization fiction. From my own post on the topic:

    …the concept of forced feminization (or even forced transitioning) is like a flame – it terrifies me, but I can’t look away. Because I’m also scared of having the transition be of my own volition: if someone else makes me do it, and I don’t come out “right” (perceived by others and thinking of myself as a woman) then it won’t be my fault. I’m scared of being judged for still presenting as male but getting caught wearing makeup or a bra and not being able to say “well, this isn’t what I wanted,” because it desperately is what I want.

    More broadly, I think that having more realistic depictions of trans characters, who are transitioning of their own volition and attempting to find their own definition of happiness, are extremely important. As the original post touches on, “members of [an identity group] want to read about people like themselves.” Simply because ‘the trans community’ is diverse doesn’t mean that statement is any less true.

    Likewise, I want to comment on the following passage:

    Post transition, however, they often settle happily into their preferred gender and have no further need for trans books. They are often content identifying with characters of their preferred gender and don’t want to be reminded of what they see as a painful past life.

    I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but – from my own experience – I think that’s an overly simplistic view of transitioning, or of post-transition life. Without getting into the ‘are you still trans after transitioning’ debate, I think there’s even more value in depicting successful, empowered post-transition characters to remind both trans and cis individuals that it is possible to transition and be a whole and complete person. I’d use Alicia Goranson’s book Super Vilainz as an example of main characters who were trans, without their ‘transness’ being the primary focus of the book. I found it extremely refreshing to read about people who had to deal with trans- and transition-related issues, while still having things in their life that were more important than those two aspects of their life.

    This comment has become sort of meandering, so sorry about that, and I do appreciate Lambda Literary bringing up an often-forgotten topic. :)


  21. Heather O'Malley 4 March 2010 at 9:34 PM #

    I have taught classes on Transgender Literature at various conferences, commenting on what the glut of material says about the community. Like the early days of gay and lesbian lit, there is a huge amount of what I call stroke fic out there, but there has been a shift over the last several years where people are trying to tell interesting stories with interesting characters that just happen to be Transgendered. This is an important step in the development of the literary community on line and published traditionally and it is good to see that more writers are pushing the boundaries.

    The Whateley stories Rebecca mentioned above is an interesting dynamic. When the series first came out, the readership was predominantly Transgendered. This was the case, with few exceptions, until a reader went on to upload the stories onto the site tvtropes.com. Since this occurred there has been a large increase in non-trans readership who are interested in genre fiction and the like. The stories cover far more than simply a basic coming out narrative, now dealing with any number of issues, from teen sex, to faith, to dealing with the various challenges all people deal with. Non-Trans readers can identify with these characters and enjoy their stories, which is a major change in the way sub-cultural genre is enjoyed.

    It is interesting to note tat the greatest acceptance of Transgender Literature is in the area of Genre. Young Adult publishers have published several books including Luna by Julie Anne Peters which was a National Book Award Finalist. What I think is eluding more literary publishers is any idea how to approach or market a Transgendered Novel. Since many of the more literary approaches favor experimentation you would think this wouldn’t be the case, but it can also be an outgrowth of conservative worry over the readership. Hopefully the time will come when the writers, the publishers and the readers are all in alignment and some good literature can be shared with a larger audience.


  22. Cheryl Morgan 4 March 2010 at 10:17 PM #

    Laura – Great article, thanks. Everyone else, please click through on her link if you want to know more about trans-themed web comics.


  23. Cheryl Morgan 4 March 2010 at 10:20 PM #

    Rebecca: I used the word “often” in that section you quote very deliberately. I certainly wouldn’t suggest that such attitudes were true of everyone who transitions. What I have tried to do here is give readers an overview of the great diversity of the trans community, and that means trying to give space to as many different viewpoints as possible.

    You are quite right about Super Vilainz, it is a great book.


  24. Niki Smith 12 March 2010 at 1:13 PM #

    Another title worth checking out, this time a graphic novel/manga series, is called Wandering Son— currently 10 volumes, with the first to be released in the US this December. It’s won awards for its depiction of two children, each wanting to be the opposite sex, going through puberty and trying to transition. Well worth reading.


  25. […] Morgan asks Is There, or Should There Be, Such a Thing as Trans Lit? It’s a good question. She leaves out a bunch of books, like Feinberg’s Drag King Dreams […]


  26. Jeremy 9 April 2010 at 8:35 PM #

    The Kiss Murder by Mehmet Murat Somer and the follow-up novel The Gigolo Murder. Turkish detective series (recently translated and published in English) featuring a drag-queen detective and includes some characters who could be considered transgender. Very good mystery series.


  27. Roberta Zenker 5 May 2010 at 4:19 PM #

    Great article, although leaves feeling a bit empty inside. Their are plenty of sties to tell, some of incredible courage in the face of seemingly insurmountalbe odds. I have written a memoir (I know, as Jenny Boylan told me: “Every trans person writes a book.”) , but am having trouble finding an agent who would take something as diverse (with a seemingly small market) as spiritual transformation and recovery from addiction for trans people. It is even a mouthful just to say.


  28. DJ 27 May 2010 at 11:14 PM #

    I am one of the pre-trans men who read everything under the sun to make sure this is what I wanted to do. Now I’m on my way and couldn’t be happier.
    As a writer, I have over 25 short lesbian stories published and one novel. I am in the process of outlining a book featuring a FtM main character. It will be fiction and I plan to treat him like I would treat any other MC. But I feel we need more books out there with trans MC’s not only to bring awareness to us, but to let people see they’re not alone. Just like it all began with gay and lesbian books back in the day. It’s got to start somewhere. Why not now? Why not me?


  29. Sally Miller 13 June 2010 at 2:41 PM #

    Being relatively new to Lambda Literary (our “Holy Communion” won “bisexual” category this year), I read this article with interest. In 2007 we published an historical novel set in Vienna the day before Hitler invaded in 1937, with a would-be (wanna-be?) trans main character (before her time). There were many other characters who suffered at the hands of Hitler, including gay and lesbian characters. You can check it out at: http://www.ViennaDolorosa.com.

    Sally Miller, Publisher, Synergy Press, POB 8, Flemington NJ 08822. 908.782.7101. You can see some of our other titles at http://www.SynergyBookService.com.


  30. Sally Miller 13 June 2010 at 3:14 PM #

    Sorry, I should have said, 1938.


  31. Brent 18 June 2010 at 4:42 PM #

    Definitely. Transgendered people are the least respected in the LGBT community. There aren’t nearly as many resources for trans people, either. Compared to the Gays and Lesbians, anyways.


  32. Latebloomer 10 July 2010 at 12:11 PM #

    One more reading recommendation: Luna by Julie Ann Peters. It’s a young adult novel–an extremely well-written, powerful book about a transexual young man told from his sister’s point of view. A great read for anyone interesting in transgender issues, or simply looking for a good book.


  33. Tracy J 11 October 2010 at 6:30 PM #

    This was a very interesting read. As a person caught between the two worlds of male vs female, (actually more female than male), it is somewhat refreshing to discover the plight of trans-lit. As a writer myself, I too have tried to reach the majority of publishers and agents with a story that paints a more humanistic view of what is termed as having a “sexual identity crisis,” but without much luck. For this reason, I added such a story to the end of a collection of short stories about secrets and the human condition. I find this way could give me a better opportunity to reach a much wider audience. This idea came from the variety of test readers of my work and it seems most, which are usually str8 women, are very intrigued and interested to the plight of transexual people. To be honest, I think that particular story is the one chosen as the most intersting in my book.
    Thanks fo rthe chance to read more about this issue. I look forward to much more in the near future.


  34. Evan Gorman 12 October 2010 at 1:37 PM #

    Thanks for this article. I’m a little over a year into medical transition, heading in the direction of a more masculine physical appearance. As a writer, I thought I’d write more about transition and maybe incorporate a more trans viewpoint in my work. It hasn’t worked out that way. I’m living it. It’s very difficult to wrap my mind around being trans and then to convey it in words. It’s complex and beyond my ability at this point. The most helpful has been the awesome trans community and LGB community here in San Diego. Events, discussion groups. Real time, face to face contact and support. Before transition I’d read most anything I could find that was trans related. Besides what’s been mentiones here I’d like to add Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger (YA FTM) and Like Son by Felicia Luna Lemus (Novel with a FTM main character).


  35. Fred Towers 13 October 2010 at 3:01 PM #

    I wrote an erotica story, Dragon’s Lair with an FTM superhero, which was published in Ultimate Gay Erotica 2008 or 2009 (I can’t remember which one). I think the erotica genre is more open to trans lit.

    Laura Antoniou’s Marketplace books has several trans characters. Her main character, Chris Parker is FTM, but she is so subtle with it that some straight readers have been confused by him. Her books are geared toward a pansexual BDSM community.

    M. Christian edited a trans erotica collection as well as Raven Kaldera and Hanne Blank’s trans erotica collection.

    Dreamspinner Press has one ebook under trans where one of the main characters is FTM. I don’t know if it is erotica, but it is z M/M romance.

    Also, Bold Stroke Books has started publishing trans fiction, but their website doesn’t distinguish it away from gay and lesbian. It’s a shame since not all trans folk are gay and lesbian, some are straight, but still queer.

    It is starting to open up, but it may take a minute. That’s my two cents.


  36. Justine Saracen 17 October 2010 at 8:23 AM #

    As a lesbian writer who has dealt with the workings of many kinds of minds in my characters, I found it a wonderful new challenge to write a basically Good Read, with a MtF transgendered person as protagonist. While the travails of transgendering are only superficially dealt with (i must necessarily leave that to people who have experienced them) I do believe I have let this character reveal fascinating depth and complexity — and beauty — while she learns to deal with profound human, not sexual, issues. It’s called Sarah, Son of God, and takes place primarily in Venice, with flashbacks to ancient Rome. Out in March 2011


  37. Justine Saracen 17 October 2010 at 8:25 AM #

    Oh, sorry. Footnote to my last post. I think I may be the first author at Bold Strokes Books to write an entire novel around a transgendered person.


  38. […] the the writers and readers out there who have let us know that transgender literature is not only a real thing, but is 100% completely and totally important to our lives and our communities, thank you for all […]


  39. […] http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/02/25/is-there-or-should-there-be-such-a-thing-as-trans-lit/#… by Cheryl Morgan […]


  40. Eva Odland 6 May 2013 at 2:04 PM #

    This was a very interesting article and I would like to update and say things have changed some but not much. New Adult appears to be an excellent category for trans fiction and I feel the new opportunities for LGBT fictions writers will do well in the 17-26 year old arena. The YA/NA categories have been attracting a lot of attenton of late. I guess just when we thoguht kids weren’t texting and talking on the phone they were watching TV, seems that might be wrong. Reading in that age group is on the rise. And millenials are much more recptive to LGBT characters and stories than any generation prior.The books that were wel recieved 5-10 years ago are selling well as the millenials are reaching new adulthood. I just finished and published a book with a trans character that is in a positive supportive family and school environment. It does have some sex as the focus of the book is the maturing of the 17 year old trans girl main character assuming her identity fully.The book is part of a series. <a href="http://amazon.com/dp/B00CM1MMB0&quot; title=New Swimsuits

    Or if I typed in that link poorly just search “New Swimsuits” on Kobo or Kindle.


  41. Allie Cat 2 July 2013 at 7:51 AM #

    There’s plenty of fiction about the experience of being trans (albeit of varying quality) – what’s lacking, mostly, is fiction with characters who happen to be trans. “When we talk about the literature of an identity group we mean that members of the group want to read about people like themselves. African-Americans want books with African-American protagonists; lesbians want books with lesbian protagonists; and so on” – the passage following makes it sound like trans people are the exception, but that’s not the case at all.


  42. […] http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/02/25/is-there-or-should-there-be-such-a-thing-as-trans-lit/#… by Cheryl Morgan […]


  43. J.M. Steger 17 August 2015 at 12:12 AM #

    I am a LGBT+ writer, and my current novella series includes a transgender protagonist, Love Over Lamb – is available on Amazon.com



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