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02 January 2013

Some Events of the Year 2012: Part 11: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

Part 1: Organizations, Equal marriage.
Part 2: Other Legislation.
Part 3: Persons.
Part 4: Spouses, Family, Kids.
Part 5: Political, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals.
Part 6: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment, Nemeses, Internet.
Part 7: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Obituaries.
Part 8: Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music, Dance & Performance.
Part 9: Art, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema.
Part 10: Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies.
Part 11: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

++ added later


Glad Day, Toronto, saved by a consortium of investors.

Beyond Stonewall, Ottawa, to continue under new ownership.


Transgender Archives, University of Victoria.

Maria Sundin, Sweden and a friend have an extensive archive of Swedish material, but have been unable to interest any institution.


    $£¥ €=Excessively overpriced books.
    • Chantal Aubrey. La femme et le travesti. Editions du Rouergue, 2012. "Des acteurs traditionnels onnagata japonais au moderne Kazuo Ohno, des garçons travestis de Shakespeare aux personnages de cabaret de Pina Bausch, on plonge avec ravissement dans le livre de Chantal Aubry...
      Très complet, l'ouvrage de Chantal Aubry est un transport amoureux et un regard vif sur la société. On peut passer des heures devant une seule image, Iggy Pop en femme fatale par exemple. La riche iconographie ne fait qu'embellir le propos."
    • Hanne Blank. Straight: the Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012. "The heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly transformed Western culture. The idea of 'the heterosexual' was unprecedented." There have been previous books on this topic by Louis-George Tin (see below) and Jonathan Katz.
    • Amity Pierce Buxton & R.L. Pinely. Unseen-Unheard: The Journey of Straight Spouses. Food for Thought Books, 2012. "Spouses of these men and women feel a great loss and anger when they realize that their spouses are homosexuals or lesbians; they often feel cheated and lied to and have a very difficult time recovering; but in time recover they do." 
    • Ronald Cohn & Jesse Russell. Transsexual News Telegraph. VSD, 2012.
    • ++ Trystan Theosophus Cotten (ed). Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men. Transgress Press, 2012. "The first book of personal testimonies focusing exclusively on FTM genital surgery and the important ways it changes our lives. Contributors write about the details and ups and downs of this transformative journey and dispel many myths and misinformation. They provide an in depth, understanding of the surgical, social, sexual, somatic, spiritual, and psychological aspects."
    • Anne Enke (ed). Transfeminist Perspectives: in and Beyond Transgender and Gender Studies. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2012. "If feminist studies and transgender studies are so intimately connected, why are they not more deeply integrated? ... Working from the premise that transgender is both material and cultural, the contributors address such aspects of the university as administration, sports, curriculum, pedagogy, and the appropriate location for transgender studies."
    • Maxime Foester. Elle ou lui?: Une histoire des transsexuels en France. La Musardine, 2012. A new edition of his 2006 book, with an additional chapter.   How does €16 become $89 in the US -- buy from Amazon.FR and pay the postage.
    • $£¥ € Anne A. Lawrence. Men Trapped in Men's Bodies: Narratives of Autogynephilic Transsexualism. Springer Verlag, 2012. "These narratives about autogynephilia ... provide the first comprehensive documentation of the erotic ideation that underlies the most common form of MtF transsexualism." Even the Kindle edition is $98.
    • Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry & Dru Pagliassotti. Boys' Love: Manga Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co, 2008.
    • Jennifer L. Levi & Elizabeth E. Monnin-Browder (eds). Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, GLAD, 2012. Newsarticle.
    • $£¥ € Geertje Mak. Doubting Sex: Inscriptions, Bodies and Selves in Nineteenth-Century Hermaphrodite Case Histories. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012. "Here praxiography moves into history. The result is stunning. Learn how sexed bodies and selves-with-a-sex got crafted in 19th century western Europe." "three hundred European case histories of people whose sex was doubted during the long nineteenth century ... shows how sex changed from an outward appearance inscribed in a social body to something to be found deep inside body and self."  Paperback version due in 2013.
    • $£¥ € Kazumi Nagaike. Fantasies of Cross-Dressing: Japanese Women Write Male-Male Erotica. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
    • Nat Smith & Eric A. Stanley. Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2011. Review.
    • Dean Spade. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of  Law. Brooklyn, NY: South End Press, 2011. Newsarticle.
    • $£¥ €  Christer Strömholm. Les Amies De Place Blanche. Stockport: Dewi Lewis, 2011. Photographs of trans women in 1960s Paris – re-issued in association with an exhibition in New York. 
    • Maud-Yeuse Thomas, with Karine Espinera & Arnaud Alessandrin. La Transyclopedie: tout savoir sur les transidentités., 2012. "la clarification des concepts qui entourent les trans : de l'histoire des associations, à l'évolution du droit, en passant par la culture et la santé, les médias, la sexualité (pornographie, prostitution. . .), les religions ou encore la transparentalité et la transphobie. "
    • Tin, Louis-Georges. The Invention of Heterosexual Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. Finally in English translation. "Tin maps the emergence of heterosexual culture in Western Europe and the significant resistance to it from feudal lords, church fathers, and the medical profession. Tin writes that before the phenomenon of 'courtly love' in the early twelfth century, the man-woman pairing had not been deemed a subject worthy of more than passing interest. "
    • Sam Winter. Lost in Transition: Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific Region. UNDP, 2012. Download. Newsarticle.


    • Anne L. Boedecker. The Transgender Guidebook: Keys to a Successful Transition. Kindle, 2012.
    • Meghan Chavalier. Your True Self: An Informative Guide For Transitioning Transgender Women. Kindle, 2012.
    • Eleanor A. Hubbard & Cameron T. Whitley (eds). Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family & Friends of Transgender People. 2012. Webpage.
    • Nick Teich. Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue. Columbia University press, 2012. Newsarticle.


    • $£¥ €  Sheila Jeffreys & Lorene Gottshalk. Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism. Routledge Press, 2013.   Yes: $124 !!!!
    • Mark Geoffrey Young. The Best Ever Book of Transsexual Jokes: Lots and Lots of Jokes Specially Repurposed for You-Know-Who. CreateSpace, 2012.


    • William Edward Beck edited by Peter Farrer. Happenings: The Story of Bessie. Liverpool: Karn, 2012. Webpage. A historically verified tale of a boy subjected to petticoat punishment who grows up to be a transvestite. 
    • Christine Benvenuto. Sex Changes: A Memoir Of Marriage, Gender And Moving On. St Martin’s Press, 2012. Also see her husband's account: Joy Ladin, below. 
    • Jessica Angelina Birch. Confessions of a Transsexual Physician. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012. "Jessica Angelina Birch (pen name) is a family physician in Amherst, New Hampshire. She owns and operates her own family practice and advocates for gender diversity."
    • Kate Bornstein. A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today. Beacon Press, 2012. Will be in paperback this summer. The title describes the contents.
    • T. Cooper. Real Man Adventures. San Francisco, CA: McSweeneys Books, 2012. Review. "Cooper can try to 'live completely stealthily as a man', hoping that he’s never discovered to be an 'imposter' by the wrong redneck. Or he can lay it all out for everyone to see, hoping that if he presents his transness in the context of all the beauty and complexity of his life, everyone will just learn to deal."
    • Marie Edith Cypris. Mémoires d'une transsexuelle. La belle au moi dormant. Presses Universitaires De France, 2012. "Ce texte dessine deux lignes parallèles autour du changement de sexe : d'une part celle du récit autobiographique, d'autre part celle des questions que se pose l'auteur. Une réflexion théorique qui interroge sa souffrance et qu'elle tente de mettre en perspective avec un discours universitaire riche en controverses. Cela ne dure pas, car l'auteur prend davantage le parti de l'humour pour nous confier son histoire que celui de la conférence ; même si elle opère fréquemment des allers-retours entre les styles. Elle conclut par une synthèse qui dévoile les problématiques en cascade qui surviendraient si certaines politiques vers l'abolition des genres devaient aboutir. "
    • Jill Davidson. Undercover Girl: Growing up Transgender. Kindle, 2012. "She embarks, at age 50, to become a woman outwardly, while continuing to work in schools. Jill, expecting a difficult transition, is surprised by the support she receives from colleagues, parents, and students as she goes about her work in her true gender. "
    • Monika Donner. Tiger in High Heels: Zweimal Käfig und zurück. Berger & Söhne, 2012. "Monika Donner wurde 1971 in Linz als Junge geboren, maturierte an einem Jesuitenkollegium und war Offizier des österreichischen Bundesheers. Heute arbeitet sie als selbständige Lebensberaterin und als Juristin im Verteidigungsministerium. Sie ist eine rebellische Transfrau und lebt in einer »hetero-lesbischen« Partnerschaft mit einer Frau. Ihre Transidentität empfindet sie als wesentlichen Lebensbestandteil. 2009 hat sie beim Verfassungsgerichtshof erkämpft, dass für Transsexuelle der Zwangscharakter geschlechtsanpassender Operationen aufgehoben wurde. Das tat sie, kurz gesagt, weil es ihr als Mann verwehrt war, ihre geliebten High Heels zu tragen. Deshalb zeigte sie der Gesellschaft, dass es Frauen mit Sti(e)l gibt. "
    • Alex Drummond. Grrl Alex. A personal journey to a transgender identity. Kindle, 2012. "The author has broken new ground too. 'Gender-queering' challenges the assumption that to cross genders requires 'passing' - convincing others that you really are the 'opposite' gender. What the author's work shows is that this is not necessarily the case, and that an honest presentation of self, even if unconventional, can find much more acceptance than many (including even the author) would have thought possible."
    • David Dumortier. Travesti. Le Dilettante, 2012. "David Dumortier est poète, mystique et travesti. Lyrique en diable et salope au lit, entre plume, téléphone et cierge à la Vierge."  How does €19become $88.  Buy from Amazon.FR.
    • Michael Foster & Barbara Foster. A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America's Original Superstar. Guilford, Conn: Lyons Press, 2011. Superstar, male impersonator, transvestite.
    • Teraina E. Hird. Unashamedly Me:The Story of a Transsexual Woman's Struggle to Become Herself. Upfront Publishing, 2012. Newsarticle. Garage mechanic transitions in her 50s.
    • ++ Gregory L. Hudson. Why I Sued Eddie Murphy. Rosedog Pr, 2012. 
    • Cindi Jones. Squirrel Cage. CreateSpace, 2012. Review. AuthorBlog. 3Rd edition. 
    • Joy Ladin. Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders. Madison, Wis: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. Newsarticle. Another. See also her wife's account: Christine Benvenuto, above.
    • Bambi L. Lobdell. A Strange Sort of Being: The Transgender Life of Lucy Ann/Joseph Israel Lobdell, 1829-1912. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co, 2012. Review. The 19th century frontiers trans man. 
    • Greg Mitchell & Kevin Gosztola. Truth and Consequences: The U.S. Vs. Bradley Manning. New York: Sinclair Books, 2012. 
    • Adrienne Nash. A Strange Life. Kindle, 2012.
    • João W. Nery. Viagem Solitária - Memórias de um Transexual 30 anos depois. Editora Leya, 2011. Nery is Brazil's first surgical trans man.
    • Laura Newman. A Love Less Ordinary: Sharing Life, Laughter and Handbags with My Transgender Partner. Kindle, 2012.
    • Toni Newman and Kevin Hogan. I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman. Hollywood, Calif: SPI Productions LLC, 2011. Newsarticle. An African-American upbringing: "I strongly disagree that I am out of the will of God. I believe that the truth I live in is a truth that God demands of us."
    • Denver Nicks. Private: Bradley Manning, Wikileaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History. Chicago, Ill: Chicago Review Press, 2012. 
    • Rachel Pepper (ed). Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children. Berkeley, CA: Cleis Press, 2012.
    • José Carlos García Rodríguez. El infante maldito. La biografía de Luis Fernando de Orleans, el más depravado príncipe Borbón. Barcelona: Editorial Espasa Calpe (Grupo Planeta), 2012. Luís Fernando Orleans, bad boy and transvestite of the Spanish royal family. 
    • Nell Rose. Transition The Story Of My Life With A Transgender. Kindle, 2012.
    • Ryan K. Sallans. Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life. Green Bay, WI: Title Town Publishing, 2012. Webpage
    • Diana Wyndham. Norman Haire and the Study of Sex. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2012. Review. The sexologist who made Hirschfeld available to English-speaking readers.

    GLB history with Trans Content.

    • Tracy Baim (ed). Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City's Gay Community. Chicago: Surrey Books, 2008. There was an associated television program and now DVD.
    • Tracy Baim & Owen Keehnen. Jim Flint: The Boy from Peoria. Chicago: Prairie Ave. Productions, 2011. Flint became a drag impresario in Chicago. Several of his artists later transitioned. Webpage.
    • St. Sukie de la Croix. Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2012.
    • Peter A. Jackson (ed). Queer Bangkok: Twenty-First-Century Markets, Media, and Rights. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011. Review
    • Thomas Keith (ed). Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City. New York: Vantage, 2012. Review. Includes trans man Amos Mac and drag artist Penny Arcade. 


    • Karin Bishop. I Should Have Known. Kindle, 2012.
    • Rachel Eliason. Run Clarissa, Run. Kindle, 2012. A young adult novel of trans and computers.
    • Roz Kaveney,. Rhapsody of Blood. A Novel of the Fantastic Volume One, Rituals. San Francisco, Calif: Plus One Press, 2012. Wikipedia.  
    • Tom Léger & Riley MacLeod (eds). The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. Topside Press, 2012. WebPage. Review
    • Daniel C. Merrill. Trapped. Kindle, 2012. Historical fiction describing the pioneering transsexual program at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Center by Dr. Colin Markland and his team of Urologic Surgeons. By the author of The Conservative Pulpit blog. "I have selected three of the fifteen or so transsexuals I met and cared for at the University as the main characters of this novel. These people were real and I have made every attempt to portray them as accurately as possible. Unfortunately, at this point in time, all these years later, I do not recall, with the exception of the Cuban dancer Shalimar's stage name, their actual names. I never did know much about their lives before, or for that matter after surgery, with the exception of one person, the truck driver. This person, and her husband, subsequently moved to California in the 1980's and I met her again when she resurfaced at the Martinez Veterans Administration Medical Center Hospital in Martinez California where I spent the last years of my career as Chief of Urology. I selected these three individuals because I felt that they each had a unique story to tell with respect to their lives as transsexuals before, and in one instance, after sex-reassignment surgery. "
    • Brit Mandelo (ed). Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction. Lethe Press, 2012. Review.
    • Justine Saracen. Sarah, Son of God. Valley Falls, NY: Bold Strokes Books, 2011. Webpage. Review
    • Jaime Stryker. Two Spirit Ranch. Chances Pres, 2012. A romance novel. WebPage. Reviews.
    • Tom Tame. Little Brown Girl. Kindle, 2012. A magic ritual to rejuvenate a rich man makes him a young women.  

    1 comment:

    1. Anonymous3/1/13 20:08

      Anne A. Lawrence. Men Trapped in Men's Bodies: Narratives of Autogynephilic Transsexualism.

      "Even the Kindle edition is $98." - Zagria

      YES BUT "'twould be a bargain at ten times the price, for such rare fantasy to be enacted!"

      LOL, and thanks again for maintaining your blog, and best of wishes to you for the New Year…

      - bonzie anne


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