What with last year’s passage of Ordinance 1856 in Kalamazoo and June being now-presidentially-proclaimed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Pride Month, I have been inspired to learn more about the lives of transgendered individuals, the oppressions they face and the strength it takes to walk in this culture as a trans person. At KPL, I discovered documentaries, feature films, biographies, historical accounts, sociological perspectives and novels.
I was especially struck by Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul. Transgender activist Leslie Feinberg gives many examples through history of famous and not-so-famous people who crossed the lines of the gender expectations our culture holds. I learned so much through their and Feinberg’s own experiences.
Some subject terms you can use to find information about, by and for transgendered people in KPL’s collection are: transgender people; transgenderism; transsexuals and gender identity. Also, check out the GLBT Pride display on the first floor of the Central library through the end of June!
Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to RuPaul