When I first started questioning my gender, I spent an incredible amount of time looking for resources. The first few months were incredibly frustrating because most of what I found was for family and friends! Seriously, this is a problem. I finally stumbled upon a few trans owned websites, and discovered information, stories and blogs. Here are my favorite online and offline resources so far! Most are for a trans-masculine audience, but not completely. If you have any favorites of your own, please don’t hesitate to share!!! I’m always looking.
Blogs and Websites!
Brklyn BoiHood: Photos & Info by/for Masculine of Center POC.
Original Plumbing: Trans Male Quarterly
Not Another Aiden: Life of a Non-Standard Gay (trans)Guy
Genderfork: Beauty in Ambiquity
Art of Transliness: Advice on life for the modern transman
Non-Op: Another Option
TransGuys: General website with many more links and resources than me 🙂
Bespectacled Colfer: Writings about a FTM version of Kurt from Glee. Seriously great for any gay trans*men.
What Does Body Dysphoria Feel Like? by American TransMan (helped me better understand my dysphoria)
The Tempest Over Sex Identity on TransHealth (helped give me the patience to explore my identity when i didn’t feel trans enough)
Music and Videos!
Podcast (Very Fun and FREE!): “Transgender and GenderQueer Music” on CSJR’s The Laughing Face on May 15, 2012
Youtubers: Favorite videos by these folks!
- uppercaseCHASE1: Sh*t trans* guys say
- sillyyetsuccinct: Homosexuality and Vaginaphobia
- freshlycharles: 2 Hot Transsexuals Finally Gives Some Answers – and – re: Questioning the FTM label
- laidbaqq: Addressing Gender Dysphoria Part 2 – and – Coming Out As Trans, Reactions
The Crying Game
Romeos (Wonderful portrayal of a gay transman)
Books Books Books!
My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely by Kate Bornstein (So incredible! Helped me get through some dark days in the psychiatric ward)
Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg (Great read)
Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender by Riki Ann Wilchins
The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity and Love by bell hooks (Not much about the trans experience, but great for everyone thinking about what it means to identify as or experience being a man)
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler (yay theory!)
Bow Grip by Ivan Coyote
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (Seriously recommend any of his books. Bold insight beautifully written. His work deals well with what it means to be in the closet.)