11 Books by Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diverse Canadians

Yesterday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance; an important day to mourn, to hold vigil, and to remember those who have been lost to transphobia and violence. But it is also an important day to commit to a building a better world for all throughout the rest of the year.

To do that we all need to take the time to grow our understanding of each other, to learn each other’s stories. So, if you are looking for something to read these other 364 days of the year to help with that, below are eleven books by trans, two-spirit and gender diverse Canadian authors worth checking out. They’re in no particular order and all more recently published books.

Queering the Quarantine: 9 New LGBTQ Books to Check out (while staying home)

Welcome to the age of physical distancing. Has quarantine life got you looking for more books to fill your time? Are you worried about what you’ll do once Schitt’s Creek ends this week? Well, I hope this list helps!

Personally, I’ve already had three weeks of working from, and staying home. During that time trapped indoors I’ve managed to finish 9 new LGBTQ books worth sharing: 5 memoirs and 4 novels. (I’ll have some non-fiction to recommend soon!) All but one are Canadian. Seven were just released in 2019, with the other two not much older than that.

MY 2019 READING LIST

Joke’s on me… it is April 1st and I realized I have never shared my 2019 reading list. Better to throw it together late than never! 2019 was a year of reading as a way to distract myself from a double election year; often by tackling some of the many unread books sitting on my shelf.

Looking back on my reading list, I managed to complete over 60 new-to-me books this year. I again completed all of the Canada Reads books and continued to keep a nerdy spreadsheet to ensure I stayed focused on reading authors with a wider diversity of backgrounds and identities, including local, Indigenous and LGBTQ2S authors.

It was also the 100th Anniversary since the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike so I took time to devour many of the books looking back on that milestone event in labour history.