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FTM Information Sites

The Transitional Male
This is a comprehensive information site, covering health and surgery information, resources, transition tips, book lists, as well as offering a line of FTM products for sale (binders, packers and packing harnesses, prosthetics), a Big Brothers Binder Program, and numerous FAQs. Nick, the site owner, is very helpful and responsive to questions.

FTM Passing Tips
Andy’s Passing Tips site has a wealth of information and is updated frequently. Includes tips on hairstyles, binding, packing, clothing, shoes, voice, mannerisms, bathroom use, as well as links to products of interest to trans men.

Transguys.com is an internet magazine for trans men, complete with written features on a variety of topic, product reviews, polls & surveys, and links to trans guy’s blogs. There is also an events calendar to both list and view trans-related events.

This resource and website emerged from the Gay/Bi/Queer Transmen Working Group, a part of the Ontario Gay Men’s HIV Prevention Strategy. The group is comprised of trans and non-trans community members and service providers in Toronto and Ottawa working to educate and raise awareness around HIV prevention and sexual health issues facing gay/bi/queer transmen. The web site contains the booklet “PRIMED: The Back Pocket Guide For Transmen and the Men Who Dig Us,” a sexual health resource written by and for gay, bi and queer transmen, as well as additional safer sex resources and links.

FtM Mentors
A new online FtM Resource. Transitioning is always easier when you have a friend! For those just beginning transition, find local transmen in your area for support, encouragement and friendship in your transition journey. For those living full-time as men, offer your support and help to those just starting out.

John Otto’s FTM Information Page
John maintains a list of FTM resources, including an excellent list of FTM books and trans bibliographies, as well as a sections on identity documents, legal and health resources, among other resources.

Ethan’s FTM Transition page
This page has lots of documentation of Ethan’s transition, including numerous voice clips, photos, timelines and diary entries.

Ryan Sallan’s Page
Ryan’s page includes numerous photos and voice clips taken throughout his transition, as well as biographical information, an online journal, and a TV clip from his 2007 appearance on the Larry King Live show.

Michael’s Transgender Page
Michael is a trans man residing in the Boston area; he maintains a large list of FTM and trans resources, a transition diary and voice clips, and an active LiveJournal presence.

FTM Community on Livejournal
There are numerous FTM communities on Livejournal, but this one is one of the largest and most active.

FTM Brotherhood on Yahoo Groups

This is a group for people over the age of 18 who think they might be FTM transgender, have recently come out as FTM transgender, or have been transitioning for a while. Whether you consider yourself post transition, in the beginning or middle of transitioning, pre op pre hormone, or no op no ho you are welcome.

FTM and Trans Conferences

Southern Comfort Conference 2011
and Robert Eads Health Partnership (REHP)– Health Fair for Transmen
This year is the 21st annual Southern Comfort Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia from September 21-25. Vendors, authors, entertainers and leaders from the entire spectrum of the transgender community will be in Atlanta to create a 4-day symposium full of learning, networking and fun just for you! From Tuesday through Saturday night, this year’s conference is packed with seminars, on-site activities as well as several planned trips away from the hotel that you are sure to enjoy. There is something for everyone on the SCC. Whatever your connection to the transgender community – whether you are transgender, a cross dresser or in between; a spouse, a partner or a family member; straight, gay, bi or omni-sexual; post-op, pre-op or non-op; young or old; married or single; FtM or MtF – if transgender is an issue in your life, you are welcome!

On Thursday, September 22, 2011, the Southern Comfort Conference (SCC) will sponsor the annual Robert Eads Health Partnership Fair. Hosted by and at the Feminist Health Center (FHC), this half-day fair is devoted to providing information and resources applicable to transmen and will include: complimentary/low cost health care services and presentations by community activists, health care providers, and mental health professionals. (Programming, speakers, and activities are updated on an ongoing basis. Please check www.SCCAtl.org weekly.

Travel: SCC offers complimentary shuttle service to the Robert Eads Health Fair. Any interested conference attendees should meet in the hotel lobby at 10:30am as the shuttle leaves at 10:45am, Sharp. There may be several trips to and from SCC that day. Time to be determined by needs.

FTM and Trans Men’s Organizations
Note: There are numerous excellent local and state FTM and trans organizations which I have not listed below due to my own time limitations in compiling this information. However, I have tried to list organizations which themselves link to a variety of additional sites.

FTM International
The largest, longest-running volunteer-run educational organization serving FTM transgender people. FTMI provides information, a newsletter and other publications, support, and monthly meetings and special events.

FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression) is a national education, advocacy and support umbrella organization supporting trans men and others who were assigned female at birth but who have some level of masculine identification, and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies). This site has a lot of good information on its resources page.

FTM Network UK
The FTM Network is a site for guys in the UK that contains information about hormones, transitioning, legal matters, links, and order information for “The White Book,” a guide to FTM living by Stephen Whittle.

La Fraternité du Loup-Garou/The Brotherhood of the Werwolf
A leather and levi club for those on the transmasculine spectrum, including trans men, butch, stone butch, TG butch, and intersex trans men.

Trans Men’s Health Links

Dr. Nick Gorton’s site
Contains the downloadable book Medical Therapy and Health Maintenance for Transgender Men: A Guide For Health Care Providers by R. Nick Gorton MD, Jamie Buth MD, and Dean Spade Esq. This is the most complete care guide available for FTM patients to date– an excellent resource to show your doctor.

Trans Health Online Magazine
An online magazine of health and fitness for transgender people. Has interesting articles on fitness, transition and specific health needs/conditions, and hormone therapy.

This resource and website emerged from the Gay/Bi/Queer Transmen Working Group, a part of the Ontario Gay Men’s HIV Prevention Strategy. The group is comprised of trans and non-trans community members and service providers in Toronto and Ottawa working to educate and raise awareness around HIV prevention and sexual health issues facing gay/bi/queer transmen. The web site contains the booklet “PRIMED: The Back Pocket Guide For Transmen and the Men Who Dig Us,” a sexual health resource written by and for gay, bi and queer transmen, as well as additional safer sex resources and links.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
(Formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, Inc. (HBIGDA))

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. WPATH develops and refines Standards of Care (SOC) for the treatment of gender identity disorders. The WPATH SOC, currently in their sixth version, are periodically updated and revised as new information becomes available.

FTM Surgery Resources

TransBucket is an ongoing project dedicated to the collection of images and information related to trans sugeries. The site intends to act as a resource to all of those seeking assistance in choosing the surgery and/or surgeon that is right for them.

FTM Phalloplasty Hub
Contains information on FTM phalloplasties.

FTM Surgery Info Group on Yahoo
An extensive resource for information, photos, links, and research materials pertaining to surgery options for Female-to-Male transgender persons. You must apply for membership to access this group. Includes information about the following FTM-related procedures: metaoidoioplasty (metoidioplasty), phalloplasty, Centurion, hysterectomy, vaginectomy, salpingo-oophectomy, scrotoplasty, urethroplasty, testicular prostheses, and chest surgeries including double incision, liposuction, periareoler, keyhole, non-surgical enhancement alternatives such as pumping, stretching, piercing, and more. Interested persons are required to answer a short questionnaire before membership is granted.

Trans Legal Information

Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Page
Lambda Legal’s site contains basic information on transitioning in the workplace, changing birth certificates, and making shelters safe for transgender people, as well as information about court cases of interest to trans people.

Spencer Bergstedt’s “Translegalities: A Legal Guide for FTM Transsexuals”
Spencer Bergstedt is a lawyer who has written a book on legal issues as they relate to trans people. Included are such things as insurance, marriage, estate planning, divorce, child custody issues, name change, birth certificates, drivers license, Social Security, workplace issues, criminal issues and more. The book includes name, birth certificate, and driver’s license change information for all 50 states. 103 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 format. Contact Mr. Bergstedt directly for ordering information.

TS Roadmap
This site is MTF focused, but it has information on changing names, drivers licenses, birth certificates, dealing with insurance, etc.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute
TLPI is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The Resources section of their site provides numerous helpful links on many legal issues, including identity documentation, organizations that provide legal services, employment discrimination, marriage and family law, immigration, the criminal justice systemand social services.

Transgender Law Center
The TLC is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. While they are based in California, their web site contains useful documents on a variety of legal issues facing trans people. They also offer publication “Beyond the Binary: A Tool-Kit for Gender Identity Activism in Schools.”

Sylvia Rivera Law Project
SRLP works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. They are based in New York City.

Press for Change
PFC is a UK organization dedicated to achieving basic human rights for trans people. Their web site includes a vast array of resources on political and legal topics, as well as health and other information of concern to trans people.

Information for Family, Partners, Friends, and Allies

TransFamily is a support group for transgender people, their parents, partners, children, other family members, friends, and supportive others. They provide referrals, literature, and over-the-phone information on all transgender issues.

A family support group in the UK for children and teenagers with gender issues. Has a medical section and an intersex medical section, advice to parents, writings of young people, coming out stories of young people, and a list of links of young trans people.

This group is for SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family of FTMs: husbands, wives, partners, children, teens, siblings, boyfriends, girlfriends, lovers, friends and other allies). It is an unmoderated and relatively open group. All referred by FtM-trans moderator are welcome, as are lovers and allies from other lists, all subject to moderator approval. The object is support, friendship, and the open exchange of information.

Straight Men, FTM/GQ Partners
This group is for straight or straightish non-trans male partners of FTMs, trans men, FTV/FCDs, and malewards-vectored genderqueer folk. This group is designed to fill a gap in support for the partners of transfolk and to be comfortable for straight non-trans guys to talk about how their partners’ gender identities and expressions affect them. You belong here if: you are a straight or mostly straight non-trans guy, and your female-assigned partner isn’t totally comfortable identifying or presenting as female.

The Boyz Club
This list is for male partners/lovers/boyfriends of (FtM) men, including those FtMs living with or otherwise involved with other FtMs. Poly, B*DSM and other alternative relationships supported. ‘PC’ attitudes not required. Basically, just a list for men in love with other men, FtM or not, but list is FtM-oriented. Women not excluded but list is primarily for males in relationships, including friendships, with FtMs and seeking support from like-minded persons.

FTM Dating Resources

Trans Passions
A free online dating & social networking community for the trans community, MTF & FTM transexuals (pre-op, post-op, non-op), transvestites (TV’s)/ cross-dressers (CD’s), drag queens, drag kings, female impersonators, male impersonators & everyone else who loves the ‘Trans’ community. Free chat, message boards & email.

A group designed to assist transpeople and their admirers to find one another for dating, friendship or long term relationships. All genders and all sexual orientations are welcome. Free of charge, application to join must be approved by the moderator.

General Trans Information/Organizations (not FTM-specific)

Gender Education and Advocacy
Gender Education and Advocacy (GEA) is a national organization focused on the needs, issues, and concerns of gender variant people. The web site has advisories about news of importance to trans people. It also houses the AEGIS project (American Educational Gender Information Service), the National Transgender Library and Archives (which is physically housed in Ann Arbor Michigan), the Remembering Our Dead project, and the Day of Remembrance project.

Center for Gender Sanity
Provides information and publications about transitioning at work for employees, co-workers, and employers. They also have a large links page on the topic.

TG Crossroads
A project of the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance (ITRAA, www.intraa.org), TG Crossroads is a community resource dealing with political action, transgender news, issues, and resources. They also have a comprehensive listing of support organizations for the Midwest region.

Trans Ohio
The Trans Ohio web site features archives of their monthly newsletter in PDF, as well as links to local resources and events in the Ohio area.

Trans Academics
Trans-Academics.org is a place where people of all genders can discuss gender theory, the trans community and its various identities, both as a part of the academic world and day-to-day life. Lists current research projects, academic papers, research tools, and trans course syllabi.

Gender Centre, Australia
This page has resources for employers, information on sensitivity training, kits and fact sheets for families and students, and an excellent links list.

The Gender Trust
A UK organization that provides information, contacts, and support to trans people. The page has world news headlines on trans issues, as well as FAQs, articles on family, legal, and medical issues, and a good links page.

Gender Identity Research and Education Society
A UK site providing information about hormones, medical basics of gender identity issues, information for parents and families, schools, training for law enforcement, workplace issues, publications list, and legal information.

Miscellaneous Links

The International Journal of Transgenderism
The IJT is peer reviewed, published quarterly and updated with new articles during the quarter. IJT welcomes the submission of original scholarly articles on any aspect of transgenderism from within any discipline. Articles submitted are subject to the usual academic processes of anonymous peer review. The journal also occasionally re-publishes previously published articles and books, which are of significant interest, and which may not be readily available.

Listed below are a number of books of interest to trans men, as well as some of the men’s reference books mentioned on the pages of this web site. This is not a complete or exhaustive listing of FTM, transgender, or men’s books– it is just a list of books I have read and/or have found useful for reference purposes. The listing of a book or other product herein does not imply endorsement or recommendation from the site’s author, unless recommendation is stated outright. (See also the note below about recommendations for parents of trans youth, as well as family, friends, or co-workers.)

A note about book recommendations for family, friends, or co-workers
Often, people in the early stages of transition search for books that will help their family or friends better understand transgender identities. While it would be great to be able to recommend a single book to everyone for this purpose, the truth is that different books will have their own strengths and weaknesses according to each individual. For example, while one trans man might feel that Jamison Green’s Becoming a Visible Man reflects his life accurately, another might feel that book doesn’t resonate with his experience, and would prefer to give his friends a collection of essays such as From the Inside Out.

Additionally, it is important to consider your audience when choosing a book to give to others as an educational tool. Picking a book with graphic surgery photos or with an academic approach might not be the best choice for many people who are new to thinking about transgender issues. Finding a book with the right tone and pace– that also echoes one’s personal experience– can be a challenge.

If you can’t afford to buy a lot of books all at once, it may be wise to do a little hands-on research to find what you need: check out a few different books from the library (use inter-library loan for hard-to-find titles), browse through a few selections at your local bookstore, or borrow books from a regional FTM network. Then invest in the one or two books that best serve your needs. Keep in mind that you can always use a chapter of a book or a single essay from a collection. For example, one book may have a chapter that you know will help your family, while another book might contain a section that is better suited for your co-workers, and so on. By choosing appropriate sections from two or three books, you may be able to create a small reading packet that helps communicate effectively between you and your audience.

A note to parents of trans youth
Starting around 2015, there has been quite an expansion in the number of books and resources available for parents whose young children are coming out as trans. There are now a number of children’s books and young adult books that speak to the experiences of trans youth, and there are books written by parents about their trans children’s experiences. I have included a section below with some links to those books.

FTM Books

Becoming a Visible Man
by Jamison Green

Jamison Green is a well-known trans male activist and an eloquent advocate on transgender issues. This book is a deft combination of personal memoir, exploration of sexual and gender politics, nuts and bolts information about medical transition, and recounting of FTM community history. Green is an experienced educator, and his writing reflects this. A few of the sections may feel a little academic to those new to the topic, but the compelling personal stories interwoven throughout the text pull the reader along. This is probably the most thoughtful and compelling FTM-specific memoir available to date. A recommended read!

Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits
by Loren Cameron

Loren Cameron is an accomplished photographer, and this is a collection of black and white portraits of the author and other tran male subjects. Cameron does not shy away from the body, as some of his self-portraits (including the cover) are nudes; he also features a small section on genital surgery outcome photos. Descriptive text accompanies many of the images, giving voice to the numerous trans men featured in the book. For those who have simply never seen a variety of trans men before, Body Alchemy can be a revelation. This book is currently out of print, but there are often used copies available.

Self Made Men: Identity, Embodiment and Recognition Among Transsexual Men
by Henry Rubin

Self-Made Men explores the identities of 22 trans male interview subjects, relating the accounts of their personal narratives to the historical emergence of female-to-male transsexuality as an identity category. Rubin explores how social movements and historical moments have informed the evolution of a trans male subject position, while also examining the lived experience and agency of trans men as embodied subjects.

This book is academic in nature, and not a light read for those who aren’t used to the language of gender theory and sociology. It is an important and compelling contribution, and a good read for those who enjoy theory!

Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience
by Matt Kailey

Kailey lived the first 42 years of his life as a straight woman, and now lives as a gay man post-transition. Just Add Hormones is a collection of essays reflecting on a myriad of topics related to the author’s transition from female to male– ranging from pieces about hormones and trans bodies, to the complexities of becoming socialized into the so-called “men’s club,” to thoughts about gay marriage and alliances between “GLB” and “T.” Kailey’s language and style are accessible and earnest, making this a breezy read.

Hung Jury:Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men
edited by Trystan T. Cotten

This pioneering anthology is the first of its kind, presenting raw, unadulterated testimonies of trans men’s experiences of sex reassignment surgery. The collection offers a comprehensive understanding of why trans men choose genital surgery and its transformative impact on their lives. If you think you know everthing there is to know about FTM genital surgery, think again. This collection of writings may surprise you.

From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond
by Morty Diamond (editor)

This is a collection of 34 short essays that include trans male, transgender, and genderqueer contributors… and everything in-between and outside of those categories. If you are looking for personal stories that reflect varying shades of gender identity, critique the gender binary, and/or make connections to other sociopolitical movements, then this collection may have just what you need. Some of the essays are better written than others, and there are a few gems that stand out.

The Phallus Palace: Female to Male Transsexuals
by Dean Kotula

This book is an eclectic collection that includes essays by Kotula and other authors, interviews with a few medical professionals who treat and/or study trans men (including Dr. Milton Diamond, Dr. Toby Meltzer, and Dr. James Reardon), graphic photos of FTM surgical procedures (taken while surgeries were in progress–not for the squeamish), and short personal essays and photographs of 19 trans male subjects. As with Body Alchemy, for those who have simply never seen a variety of trans men before, the photo/personal essay section of the book can be helpful.

Letters for My Brothers
edited by Megan M. Rohrer and Zander Keig

In today’s fast-paced world, the internet can provide quick answers to personal questions. But when an individual raised by society to live, breathe and look at the world with female eyes transitions to male, some of the most enlightening, helpful and profound advice can only come in retrospect. Letters to My Brothers features essays from respected transman mentors who share the wisdom they wish they would have known at the beginning of their journey into manhood. 20% of proceeds from the book are donated to the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Self-Organizing Men: Conscious Masculinities in Time and Space
by Jay Sennett

Self-Organizing Men explores that much-written about, highly politicized, rarely understood phenomenon known as “man.” A collection of political cartoons, transgender stories, bio-dude poetry, trans art, drag king experimental prose, and some good ol’, yet brand new, theories about (trans)/gender, this book will rock your thoughts about gender and masculinity. (Description from Homofactus Press)

The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male
by Max Wolf Valerio

Max Wolf Valerio’s observations about transitioning from a lesbian to a heterosexual male both challenge and confirm our assumptions about gender. As Valerio undergoes the physical and emotional changes associated with testosterone treatment, he is intrigued by his eye-opening discoveries about the nature of masculinity and femininity. Raw, gripping, and poetic, The Testosterone Files offers a perspective on men and women that only someone who’s lived in both skins can speak to with such insight and eloquence. (Description from Seal Press)

What Becomes You (American Lives)
by Aaron Raz Link and Hilda Raz

“Being a man, like being a woman, is something you have to learn,” Aaron Raz Link remarks. Few would know this better than the coauthor of What Becomes You, who began life as a girl named Sarah and twenty-nine years later began life anew as a gay man. Turning from female to male and from teaching scientist to theatre performer, Link documents the extraordinary medical, social, legal, and personal process involved in a complete identity change. Hilda Raz, a well-known feminist writer and teacher, observes the process as both an “astonished” parent and as a professor who has studied gender issues. All these perspectives come into play in this collaborative memoir, which travels between women’s experience and men’s lives, explores the art and science of changing sex, maps uncharted family values, and journeys through a world transformed by surgery, hormones, love, and… clown school. Combining personal experience and critical analysis, the book is an unusual–and unusually fascinating–reflection on gender, sex, and the art of living. (Description from University of Nebraska Press)

Both Sides Now: One Man’s Journey Through Womanhood
by Dhillon Khosla

In this spellbinding memoir, Dhillon discusses openly and honestly what it has been like to live first as a woman and now as a man. Through anecdotes from his work in the courthouse, and his experiences on dates, in bars, and at strip clubs, he shares unique and profound insights into the sexes and our social mores. He also shows us that experiencing life as both genders leads to the understanding that the spiritual consequences of our actions are far more important than the political ones. But ultimately, Both Sides Now is a story about what it truly means to love oneself: the willingness to endure numerous trials and tribulations to be true to your inner voice, even in the face of extreme adversity, and no matter what the cost. (Description from Penguin Publishing Group)

FTM: Female-To-Male Transsexuals in Society
by Holly Devor

“This is the most comprehensive, professional book to date on FTM transsexualism and the many aspects of their life journeys. For its volume, this book is clearly understandable and reads without excessive use of scientific and academic rhetoric, thus making the book available to a broad audience. It is nonjudgmental, nonsensational, and provocative in its honesty, interpretation, and challenge to the future of societal opinion regarding FTM gender identity.” (Description from the Journal of Sex Research)

Transmen and FTMs: Identities, Bodies, Genders, and Sexualities
by Jason Cromwell

“Writing as an insider and an anthropologist, Jason Cromwell presents the first in-depth examination of what it means to be a female-bodied transperson. Through extensive participant observation and open-ended interviews, Transmen and FTMs allows female-to-male transsexuals to speak for themselves and reveal aspects of female gender diversity that do not fit into the ready-made categories of male and female.” (Description from University of Illinois Press)

Transgender Books, General Focus

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
by Julia Serano

Whipping Girl explores trans issues, gender, and feminism mainly through the lens of trans women’s cultural experiences; however, many trans men will find Serano’s astute observations to be a breath of fresh air. Serano moves away from the popular format of trans tell-all, and instead breaks new ground by reconsidering popular and academic terminology around sex and gender, while hammering out new understandings of transgender identity in mainstream and feminist cultures. She argues for the need for a cultural valuation of femininity– as well as all gender expressions as manifested in all types of bodies– in the struggle for human equality.

In some sections, this book can be a bit academic in tone, but is still quite accessible to those new to thinking about gender and trans issues. Those who have been connected for many years to trans dialogues and community trends will probably find this book to be thought-provoking and ground-breaking. A recommended read!

The Riddle of Gender
by Deborah Rudacille

Rudacille’s book is a superbly written and well-researched exploration into issues around gender variance. She recounts the history of the study of transsexuality, from the early days of Magnus Hirschfeld’s clinic in Berlin, to Harry Benjamin’s practice in the United States, to university-based gender clinics, and on to the present. She even-handedly considers controversies around gender reassignment procedures, and entertains various theories that may explain gender variance. She also touches on intersex conditions. Interspersed throughout the book are conversations with notable trans men and women, whose voices add depth and texture to her prose.

Rudacille is an accomplished science writer; her style is quite accessible to those new to the topic, while her interesting research and thoughtful approach offers much to those who are already familiar with the terrain of transgender issues. A highly recommended read!

How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States
by Joanne Meyerowitz

Meyerowitz opens her historical account with a focus on the much-publicized “sex change” story of Christine Jorgensen in 1952. She then goes on to chronicle the evolution of transsexuality as a medical, legal, and cultural concept within the past century. How Sex Changed is packed with information on numerous of pivotal individuals and significant historical moments; Meyerowitz includes stories of pioneering trans people, as well as accounts of the doctors, scientists, lawyers, activists, and other prominent figures who played a hand in the unfolding ideas around changing sex. She also explores the complicated relationship between trans people and the gay rights and feminist movements.

Through this recounting, Meyerowitz demonstrates how definitions of sex and gender have shifted in popular science, medicine, and law. For those looking to know more about how we have come to understand the concept of transgender identities today, this book is a good starting place.

Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People
by Joan Roughgarden

If you’ve ever wondered about scientific observations and theories of sexual and gender diversity in animals and humans, then you’re in for a treat with Evolution’s Rainbow. Joan Roughgarden, a professor of biology at Stanford University, argues that the diversity of gender and sexuality that is found in many species suggests that Darwin’s theory of sexual selection is false, and based on cultural bias.

The first part of her book provides a fascinating catalog of gender and sexual diversity among fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Roughgarden then goes on to consider how diversity develops in humans, taking the reader on a tour of embryonic development at the genetic, chromosomal, and hormonal level. She explores ideas of brain differences among humans, and queries as to whether “transgender brains” or “gay brains” might exist. The final section of her book explores how different cultures have come to catalog and understand human sexual and gender diversity differently.

Though this is a long read at over 400 pages, Roughgarden’s style is witty and she explains scientific concepts in a down-to-earth manner. A recommended read!

Trans Forming Families: Real Stories About Transgendered Loved Ones, 2nd Edition
by Mary Boenke (editor)

Trans Forming Families editor Mary Boenke is the mother of an adult FTM son. In this compilation, she has collected 40 short accounts by parents, partners, children, and friends of transgender people, who describe their experiences coming to learn about and accept the trans people in their lives. Many trans people and their loved ones have found the stories in this book to be helpful during the early stages of transition.

GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary
by Joan Nestle (editor), Riki Wilchins (editor), Clare Howell (editor)

This is a collection of short pieces by 36 individuals (35 if you discount the conversation with the now-known-to-be-fictional “JT Leroy”) of many gender identities and embodiments, including genderqueer, FTM, MTF, intersex, trans, butch, femme, queer, and more. There are also introductory pieces by all three editors. If you are looking for personal stories and short essays that reflect numerous gender identities and explore the limits and possibilities of gender, or if you have an interest in queer studies or gender studies, then this book will have much to offer.

Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
by Leslie Feinberg

Transgender Warriors is a combination of the author’s personal story and a fascinating historical chronicle of gender variance throughout the ages. Feinberg documents numerous examples of cross-gender, third gender, and other gender roles and behaviors across cultures, historical periods, and continents. Feinberg also makes the case for a link between class and gender oppression. The latter part of the book looks at the modern history of the transgender movement, complete with numerous photos and quotes from a variety of trans activists and others.

This book is written in a very accessible style, features lots of interesting photographs, and contains documentation for those who wish explore gender variant traditions and history.

The Transgender Studies Reader
by Susan Stryker (editor), Stephen Whittle (editor)

Although the term “transgender” itself has achieved familiarity only within the past decade, this authoritative collection of articles demonstrates that the study of behaviors, bodies, and subjective identities which contest common Eurocentric notions of gender has a history stretching back at least to the early 20th century.

The Transgender Studies Reader includes fifty influential texts with new introductions by the editors that, taken together, document the evolution of transgender studies in the English-speaking world. By bringing together the voices and experience of transgender individuals, doctors, psychologists, and academically-based theorists, this volume will be a foundational text for the transgender community, transgender studies, and related queer theory. (This description was provided by the publisher.)

Transgender Rights
by Paisley Currah (editor), Richard M. Juang (editor), Shannon Price Minter (editor)

With analysis from legal and policy experts, activists and advocates, Transgender Rights assesses the movement’s achievements, challenges, and opportunities for future action. Examining crucial topics like family law, employment policies, public health, economics, and grassroots organizing, this groundbreaking book is an indispensable resource in the fight for the freedom and equality of those who cross gender boundaries. Moving beyond media representations to grapple with the real lives and issues of transgender people, Transgender Rights will launch a new moment for human rights activism in America. (This description was written by the publisher.)

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
by Anne Fausto-Sterling

Anne Fausto-Sterling, a biologist at Brown University, draws on centuries of scientific research to argue that our fundamental knowledge about sex is shaped by the culture in which scientific knowledge is produced. She asserts that the duality of male/female is not so simple, and that nature produces bodies that don’t easily fit into those categories.

This book brims with historical documentation and has a copious notes section. While not a transgender-focused book per se, it does provide much food for thought regarding our cultural beliefs about sex and gender, and about the biases that can come to play in scientific discourses.

Transition and Beyond, Observations On Gender Identity
by Reid Vanderburgh

Written in an easy-to-read style, Transition and Beyond will help anyone seeking accurate information about what it means (and doesn’t mean) to be transgender. Transition and Beyond addresses many topics, including partner/spouse responses, telling family members, fundamentalists transitioning, addiction and transition, workplace disclosure, youth and transition, learing the “rules” of a new gender role, considering “post-transition,” and more. A good book for trans people, family members and friends, and therapists. Author Reid Vanderburgh is a licensed therapist and someone who transitioned (female-to-male) in the mid-1990s.

Beyond the Natural Body: An Archeology of Sex Hormones
by Nelly Oudshoorn

While not a transgender-specific piece, this book is a fascinating account of the history of early twentieth-century sex hormone research. Oudshoorn demonstrates how cultural notions of gender differences informed early research into sex hormones, as well as how these ideas shifted as new discoveries continued to be made about hormones and as researchers from various scientific disciplines approached the work from their own vantage points. This book is very well-written and engaging, though it may be a bit academic for some. A great read for those interested in the history of science, as well as those who enjoy thinking more about the interplay between science and cultural understandings of hormones, gender, and sex.

Men’s Grooming and Style Books

The Art of Shaving
by Myriam Zaoui and Eric Malka

If the information provided on the Shaving page of this site wasn’t quite enough for you, then maybe this little book will do the trick. The Art of Shaving contains information on the history of shaving, skin types and skin care, shaving tools and products, techniques, and other practical advice.

One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair
by Allan Peterkin

This is a fun book about facial hair trends and styles throughout history, beginning with accounts from antiquity and ending at the turn of the 21st century. This volume contains over 150 photographs and illustrations of famous men (and some women) with facial hair. The final chapter contains practical advice on choosing a beard style, tips for growing and trimming of beards and mustaches, and “recipes” for different styles of facial hair. The bulk of the book, however, is not a personal grooming manual– it is simply a lighthearted, comprehensive tour of the ever-continuing rise and fall of facial hair’s popularity and place in history.

The Art and Science of Barbering
by L. Sherman Trusty

The Art and Science of Barbering is a long-out-of-print barbering manual that was published in numerous editions between 1956 and 1969– it is sometimes available from used booksellers, though you may have to search multiple listings for different editions. It is a textbook for the barbering student, and a fun and interesting read for those who love barber shops and barbering history. Includes sections on haircutting (of course!), as well as straight razor care and shaving, mustache and beard styling, and facial massage. There is even a section on the history of barbering. The book has about 600 photographs and drawings of tools of the trade, diagrammed instructions, and hair styles. A fun book for those who love barber shops.

The Vanishing American Barber Shop : An Illustrated History of Tonsorial Art, 1860-1960
by Ronald S. Barlow

This book was published in 1993, and is a comprehensive collection of barber shop history, tracing the evolution of barbering from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome through the mid-twentieth century. In addition to the entertaining text about barber shop history, the book is full of reproductions of vintage photographs, illustrations, and barbering catalog pages, as well as reprinted materials from old barbering manuals. A fun book for those who love barber shops and shaving history.

Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
by Alan Flusser

Dressing the Man is a comprehensive guide to men’s formal wear (suits, dress shirts, ties, “smart casual” and so on). It does not have specific information about more casual styles of dress.

Flusser argues that to dress well, one should not rely on trends of fashion, but rather on principles of proportion and color. He takes into account the shape of the face, the length of the neck, proportion of arms and shoulders, the torso’s structure, and instructs on how to adapt the fundamentals of clothing style to one’s physique and complexion.

If the details on the Suits and Ties for the Beginner page left you wanting more information about men’s formal styles, then this book may be for you!

The Indispensable Guide to Classic Men’s Clothing
Josh Karlen and Christopher Sulavik

This book covers the basics of more formal menswear such as suits, shoes, dress shirts, ties, and so on. It does not have specific information about more casual styles of dress. The language is concise, focused, and easy to read. The authors answer basic questions about style that many guys may be afraid to ask! Not quite as comprehensive as Flusser’s Dressing the Man, but certainly provides a solid foundation of men’s classic style.

The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie
by Thomas Fink and Yong Mao

If you are looking for ways to tie your tie that go beyond the four-in-hand, Windsor, Double Windsor, and Pratt knots, then this book is great fun. Written by two physicists at the University of Cambridge, The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie provides a unique mathematical approach for generating knots– but you don’t need to be a math whiz to use their handy diagrams. They also throw in a little neckwear history, and give some useful advice as to which knots look best with certain face shapes, collars, and ties.

Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That’s Right for Your Body
by Clinton Kelly and Stacy London

This book is authored by the hosts of TLC’s television show “What Not To Wear.” While the larger front section of the book is devoted to women’s clothing choices, the final 67 pages describe how to best fit 8 different types of men’s bodies: short, average, tall, athletic, small-framed, barrel-chested, tummy, and hips. The book uses photos and practical tips to describe clothing choices for work, weekend, and evening wear.


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