He wrote young adult novels with gay characters. He also wrote the well-received Being a Boy, 2013, a guide for boys going through puberty. In 2014 Dawson wrote in the Guardian:
“I was unaware gay people even existed and, when puberty hit, found myself more than a little lost. I so dearly wish there had been just one book with a character who was a bit like me – just a normal teenage guy who happened to be gay. I would have especially loved one whose sexuality did not define him.”The same year, he became the first male winner the Queen of Teen award where the shortlist are all nominated by teenage readers, who then vote for the winner.
She was signed to write a column in Glamour magazine to document the experience of transition.
In an interview with Attitude magazine, May 2017, Juno says
"I think there are a lot of gay men out there who are gay men as a consolation prize because they couldn’t be women. That was certainly true of me."She describes her identity as a gay man as a 'personal misdiagnosis', and believes that it is a more common phenomenon than one may think.
For her Glamour column, Juno interviewed the plastic surgeon Christopher Inglefield who does work for trans persons. She was considering facial feminization surgery. She was then invited to be part of the ITV 3-part series documentary, Transformation Street. She is featured in episode 2. It fell to her to help educate the television crew on limits, such as the inappropriateness of childhood photographs. Initially the program was to be called Sex Change Clinic, and Juno had to make a fuss to explain that such terminology is outmoded.
Juno’s most recent book is The Gender Games: The Problem With Men and Women, From Someone Who Has Been Both, which restates for another generation that gender is a system of oppression for cis and trans both, mixed with autobiography.
*Not the US Actress, nor the other writers called James Dawson.
- James Dawson. Hollow Pike: Where Witchcraft Never Sleeps. Indigo, 2012.
- James Dawson. Cruel Summer. Indigo, 2013.
- James Dawson. Being a Boy. Hot Key Books, 2013.
- James Dawson. Say Her Name. Hot Key Books, 2014.
- James Dawson. “James Dawson: The importance of LGBT visibility in children's books”. The Guardian, 13 May 2014.
- Rebecca Hawkes. “James Dawson named 2014 Queen of Teen”. The Telegraph, 11 Jul 2014. www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookprizes/10962092/James-Dawson-named-2014-Queen-of-Teen.html.
- James Dawson. This Book is Gay. Sourcebooks, 2015.
- James Dawson. Under My Skin. Hot Key Books, 2015.
- James Dawson. All of the Above. Hot key Books, 2015.
- Joe Williams. “International best selling author comes out as transgender”. Pink News, 24th October 2015. https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/10/24/international-best-selling-author-comes-out-as-transgender.
- Nick Duffy. “‘This Book is Gay’ author to document her transition in Glamour”. Pink News, 5th January 2016. www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/01/05/this-book-is-gay-author-to-document-her-transition-in-glamour.
- Juno Dawson. Mind Your Head. Hot Key Books, 2016.
- Juno Dawson. Spot the Difference. Hot Key Books, 2016.
- Juno Dawson. Margot & Me. Hot Key Books, 2017.
- Juno Dawson. What is Gender? How Does it Define Us? and Other Big Question for kidss. Wayland, 2017.
- Juno Dawson. The Gender Games. The Problem With Men and Women, From Someone Who Has Been Both. Two Roads, 2017.
- Juno Dawson. Grave Matter. Barrington Stoke, 2017.
- Juno Dawson. “Juno Dawson: Join our new transgender columnist on her amazing journey”. Glamour, 5 January 2016. www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/juno-dawson-columnist-on-transitioning-into-a-woman-part-1.
- “ ‘A Lot Of Gay Men Are Gay Men As A Consolation Prize Because They Couldn't Be Women’, Says Trans Author Juno Dawson”. Attitude, 2017-05-23. https://attitude.co.uk/article/14678/a-lot-of-gay-men-are-gay-men-as-a-consolation-prize-because-they-couldnt-be-women-says-trans-author-juno-dawson.
- Juno Dawson. “Transformation Street – how I sold my soul to reality TV”. Metro, 11 Jan 2018. http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/11/transformation-street-how-i-sold-my-soul-to-reality-tv-7222153/
- Joanne Kavanagh. “ALL ABOUT JUNO Who is Juno Dawson? Transgender author appearing on ITV’s Transformation Street: We take a look at her life and career so far.” The Sun, 18th January 2018. www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/5368110/juno-dawson-transgender-author-transformation-street.
- Sally Benton (dir). Transformation Street, Ep 2. With Christopher Inglefield and Jono Dawson. Narrated by Lesley Sharp, research by Amanda Riley. UK ITV 50 mins 2018. https://vimeo.com/254635912.
This book is gay contains the following diagram which I think is kinda neat: