For this month’s Book Unicorn category, read a book with a main character who’s a sapphic trans woman.
Generally, the term “trans” (short for “transgender”) can be used in two different ways:
Trans or transgender is an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of gender identities. It includes everyone whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. Many nonbinary people consider themselves trans since they don’t (exclusively) identify as male or female.
Trans or transgender can also be used for a more specific identity under that umbrella. Trans women are women who were assigned male at birth. They may or may not have surgery and/or take hormones to bring their bodies into alignment with their gender identity.
Since books about nonbinary characters were already covered in an earlier post, pick a book with a protagonist who fits the latter definition of trans for this category of the Sapphic Reading Challenge: a book featuring a trans woman.
While there are many books with trans supporting characters such as my novel Wrong Number, Right Woman, make sure you choose a book in which the trans character is the main character. Ideally, pick a book written by a trans woman.
I had decided early on to include a puzzle featuring nonbinary and trans characters in the Crossword Challenge, but with trans people still being killed for who they are and celebrities such as JK Rowling making transphobic statements, it feels more timely than ever to feature books with trans representation. By the way, if you feel that JK Rowling’s statements aren’t anti-trans, take a look at this Twitter thread that explains why they are. This week’s puzzle includes more than twice as many books as the previous puzzles because I wanted to feature books with nonbinary characters, trans women, …
I’ve had questions about some of the squares of the Lesbian Book Bingo card, so I thought I’d post a short FAQ. Here’s what you need to know about these categories: LGBTQIA+ character For this square, please try to read books with a main character who is bisexual, pansexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, or identifies with a letter of the LGBT+ community other than the L (lesbian) since the L is covered by all the other bingo squares already. The category is named LGBTQIA+ because no one would recognize what it’s supposed to mean if I left the L out. …