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A list of notable books on nonbinary gender and related topics.

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Nanda, Serena (2000). Gender diversity: crosscultural variations. Waveland Press. isbn=978-1-57766-074-3 "This eye-opening account of the differences in how sex/gender diversity is experienced in seven cultures raises our consciousness and challenges our intellectual understandings and attitudes about what we consider natural, normal, and morally right."
Gonzalez, Maya Christina; Smith-Gonzalez, Mathew (2010). I am free to be me: gender now coloring book. ISBN 978-0-9843799-1-0. OCLC 893638389. "Adapted from the original Gender Now Coloring Book, this activity book brings the Gender team into the classroom with more activities and stories to guide children in learning and understanding gender and its expression."
Bornstein, Kate; Bornstein, Kate (2016). Gender outlaw: on men, women, and the rest of us(Revised and updated [edition] ed.). New York: Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. ISBN 978-1-101-97324-0. OCLC 957645634. "Gender Outlaw details Bornstein’s transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman... this particular coming-of-age story is also a provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, from a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke who never stops questioning our cultural assumptions."
Bornstein, Kate; Bergman, S. Bear (2010). Gender outlaws: the next generation. Berkeley, Calif.: Seal Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West. ISBN 978-1-58005-377-8. OCLC 688504152. "In Gender Outlaws, Bornstein, together with writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, collects and contextualizes the work of this generation's trans and genderqueer forward thinkers — new voices from the stage, on the streets, in the workplace, in the bedroom, and on the pages and websites of the world's most respected mainstream news sources."
Kobabe, Maia (2019). Gender queer: a memoir. St. Louis, MO: Lion Forge Comics. ISBN 978-1-5493-0400-2. "Maia's intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity-what it means"
Nestle, Joan; Howell, Clare; Wilchins, Riki Anne, eds. (2008). GenderQueer: voices from beyond the sexual binary. Los Angeles: Alyson Books. ISBN 978-1-55583-730-3. OCLC 50389309. " In this groundbreaking anthology, three experts in gender studies and politics navigate around rigid, societally imposed concepts of two genders to discover and illuminate the limitless possibilities of identity. Thirty first-person accounts of gender construction, exploration, and questioning provide a groundwork for cultural discussion, political action, and even greater possibilities of autonomous gender choices."
Hardy, Janet W (2012). Girlfag: a life told in sex and musicals. ISBN 978-1-938123-01-6. OCLC 858621985. "Girlfags - women who love, are attracted to, and identify with gay men - are a growing community with a growing voice. Girlfags are not fag hags - fag hags enjoy gay men as company; girlfags enjoy them as bedmates and peers. Girlfags are everywhere."
Drummond, Alex (2012). Grrl Alex: a personal journey to transgender identity. Worthing, U.K.: Bramley Press. ISBN 978-0-9571325-1-1. OCLC 794167476. "The possibility of embracing transgender as a legitimate identity is a relatively new phenomenon. What this book achieves, in straightforward and engaging language, is to combine formal academic research with a deeply moving personal narrative, to give the reader an insight into the world of a person who came to accept and embrace a transgender identity."
Bornstein, Kate (2013). My gender workbook: how to become a real man, a real woman, the real you, or something else entirely. New York ; London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-91672-1. "With My Gender Workbook, Kate Bornstein brings theory down to Earth and provides a practical approach to living with or without a gender...With quizzes and exercises that determine how much of a man or woman you are, My Gender Workbook gives you the tools to reach whatever point you desire on the gender continuum."
Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein, ed. (2006). Nobody passes: rejecting the rules of gender and conformity. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press. ISBN 978-1-58005-184-2. OCLC 71285289. "An anthology exploring the act of passing-as the "right" gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, body type, ethnicity, and beyond. Nobody Passes is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms."
Rajunov, Micah; Duane, A. Scott, eds. (2019). Nonbinary: memoirs of gender and identity. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-18532-5. "The powerful first-person narratives of this collection show us a world where gender exists along a spectrum, a web, a multidimensional space. Nuanced storytellers break away from mainstream portrayals of gender diversity, cutting across lines of age, race, ethnicity, ability, class, religion, family, and relationships."
Queen, Carol; Schimel, Lawrence, eds. (1997). PoMoSEXUALS: challenging assumptions about gender and sexuality (1st ed ed.). San Francisco, Calif: Cleis Press. ISBN 978-1-57344-074-5. "PoMo: short for PostModern; in the arts, a movement following after and in direct reaction to Modernism; culturally, an outlook that acknowledges diverse and complex points of view. PoMoSexual: the queer erotic reality beyond the boundaries of gender, separatism, and essentialist notions of sexual orientation."
Wilchins, Riki Anne (2004). Queer theory, gender theory: an instant primer (1st ed ed.). Los Angeles, [Calif.]: Alyson Books. ISBN 978-1-55583-798-3. "A one-stop, no-nonsense introduction to the core of postmodern theory, particularly its impact on queer and gender studies. Nationally known gender activist Riki Wilchins combines straightforward prose with concrete examples from LGBT and feminist politics, as well as her own life, to guide the reader through the ideas that have forever altered our understanding of bodies, sex and desire."
Herdt, Gilbert H., ed. (1996). Third sex, third gender: beyond sexual dimorphism in culture and history(1st pbk. ed ed.). New York : Cambridge, Mass: Zone Books ; Distributed by MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-942299-82-3. "In the 1990s, questions of sex roles and individual identity have taken a central position in intellectual debates. These eleven essays in history and anthropology offer a novel perspective on these debates by questioning the place of sexual dimorphism in culture and history. They propose a new role for the study of alternative sex and gender systems in cultural science, as a means of critiquing thinking that privileges standard male/female gender distinctions and rejects the natural basis of other forms of sexuality."
McNabb, Charlie (2018). Nonbinary gender identities: history, culture, resources. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-7551-5. "McNabb provides scholars, archivists, librarians, and teachers with a treasure-trove of resources to learn about, and research, the history and contemporary experiences of nonbinary people."[1]
DeVun, Leah (2020) The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance Covers the history of intersex and nonbinary people.
Hendrie, Theo (ed.) 2019. X Marks The Spot: An Anthology Of Nonbinary Experiences Anthology of essays, art, and poetry which explore life beyond the Western gender binary
Ryle, Robyn. 2019. She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters "An engaging, choose-your-own-adventure-style guide to gender that encourages readers to travel down paths with which they may not be familiar. These guided thought experiments are opportunities to consider just how strongly our gender assignments influence our daily lives."
Barker, Meg-John; Richards, Christina; Bouman, Walter Pierre (eds). 2017. Genderqueer and Non-Binary Genders ISBN: 9781137510532 This book addresses the emerging field of genderqueer or non-binary genders - that is, individuals who do not identify as male or female. It considers theoretical, research, practice, and activist perspectives; and outlines a basis for good practice when working with non-binary individuals.
Michael Eric Brown, Daywalker Burill (editors), 2018. Challenging Genders: Non-Binary Experience of Those Assigned Female at Birth. ISBN: 978-0996830966
Baron, Dennis (2020). What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She. "Based on Baron’s own empirical research, What’s Your Pronoun? chronicles the story of the role pronouns have played—and continue to play—in establishing both our rights and our identities."
Naz, Dave; Lee, Jiz; Factor, Jennie; Burghauser, Sarah; Rivera, Ignacio; Diamond, Morty (2014). Genderqueer: And Other Gender Identities. ISBN 9781940207261. "In Genderqueer, Dave Naz explores the gender spectrum in an entirely new way — by turning his camera on subjects that are genderqueer, transgender, intersex, pangender, and every shade in between."