Resources for Classrooms & Book Groups

Click on the links below to access discussion questions and background articles for the novels:

  • Being Emily
  • Just Girls
  • My Year Zero

Resources for Individuals

Jim Collins Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds gender-confirming surgeries for transgender people.

National Center for Transgender Equality is dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

PFLAG has a great list “Support for Transgender People and Their Families.”

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Disabled LGBT children and teens are at an even higher risk for bullying than their non-disabled LGBT peers. For more information and a great resource, check out this page on Cerebral Palsy Guidance.


This is a starter list of books for parents & teens looking for supportive, affirming fiction & nonfiction. It is not at all exhaustive! And it’s totally biased based on what I’ve read & close friends have read.

Non-Fiction (including for parents, allies, teachers)

The Gender Quest Workbook 

The Transgender Teen — Stephanie Brill & Lisa Kenney

“You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!”: And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People — Laura Erickson-Schroth & Laura A. Jacobs

Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition — Elijah C. Nealy (this is mainly for therapists, but if you want an intense, supportive read, it’s got some great points)

Fiction: Nonbinary

Brooklyn, Burning — Steve Brezenoff

Lizard Radio — Pat Schmatz

Mask of Shadows — Linsey Miller

Like Water — Rebecca Podos

Fiction & Memoir: Trans girls 

Dreadnought — April Daniels

George — Alex Gino

Being Emily — Rachel Gold (that’s me!)

Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity — Kristin Elizabeth Clark

If I Was Your Girl — Meredith Russo

I Am Jazz — Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family — Amy Ellis Nutt

Fiction: Trans boys

Not Your Villain — C.B. Lee

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children — Kirstin Cronn-Mills

When the Moon Was Ours — Anna-Marie McLemore

Two Boys Kissing — David Levithan

Parrotfish — Ellen Wittlinger

Spy Stuff — Matthew J. Metzger

Support for Transgender People and Their Families
Support for Transgender People and Their Families