Rare and Unusual Transgender Books Hosted On-Site
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By Publication Date
(1861) Guerin, E. J. “Mountain Charley”: The autobiography of E.J. Guerin, who lived in the wild west of the United States for 13 years as a man.
(1922) Werther, Ralph (Jennie June) “The Female Impersonators”: The sequel to the compelling “Autobiography of an Androgyne,” this and the prior book give an incredible view into the life of gender-variant, transgender, gay, and possibly intersex life in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
(1926) Ishlondsky, N. E. “Voluntary Change of Sex”: A translation of Professor Steinach’s groundbreaking work understanding how male and female hormones influence the human body, including studies into using cross-sex hormones on animals and humans.
(1927) Ellis, Havelock “Psychology of Sex, Volume 2: Sexual Inversion”: An early groundbreaking work on LGBT persons from a clinical viewpoint.
(1928) Bulliet, C.J. “Venus Castina”: A fascinating historical treatise on several crossdressers throughout history, some of which were almost certainly transgender.
(1956) Various authors, but including Harry Benjamin “Transvestism – Men in Female Dress”: This is a collection of articles reprinted from Sexology magazine and other sources, which despite its name has a strong focus on transgender persons.
(1964) Maddock, Larry “Sex Life of a Transvestite”: Exploitive and sensationalist book that provides some glimpse into gender-variant life in the mid-century.
(1969) Dylan, Bob “The Fifth Sex”: A book regarding intersex persons which has some useful information within it, but also a bit of sensationalism and exploitation.
(1972) Boileau, Dianne “Behold, I Am A Woman”: Brave autobiography of a Canadian transgender woman who faced many challenges in her life. This book is somewhat difficult to find, despite being recently published.
(1976) Erickson Educational Foundation “Guidelines for Transsexuals”: An invaluable resource at the time, printed and distributed by the non-profit organization founded by millionaire transgender man Reed Erickson.
Historical Transgender Magazines Hosted On-Site
Sixteen rare issues of Female Mimics magazine, from 1963-1979, containing both valuable history and objectification.
Fifty-three issues of Female Mimics International magazine, from 1980-1989. This magazine is more exploitive than Female Mimics magazine, but still has value as a window into the 1980’s world of transgender and crossdressing life.
Book Reviews – Biographies and Autobiographies
Ashley, April and Fallowell, Duncan. April Ashley’s Odyssey.
Chavalier, Meghan. Confessions of a Transsexual Porn Star
Cowell, Roberta. An Autobiography.
Raskin, Lyn. Diary of a Transsexual.
Book Reviews – Fiction
Shane, Mark. Sex Gantlet to Murder / The Lady Was a Man (1955)
Vidal, Gore. Myra Breckinridge (1968) and Myron (1974)
Two documentaries to check out: 1. Trans 2. Just Gender
Both are great. Just Gender has just been released. Their website has a trailer that presents a sample of the documentary.
Thank you lauralee, I will try to check that out this weekend.