Celebrate Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week is a week when transgender people and their allies take action to bring attention to the community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community. 

Each year between November 13-19, people and organizations around the country participate to help raise visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face. (GLAAD)

This year, Parkland Community Library is highlighting transgender authors available in our collection.

American author Torrey Peters released her debut novel, Detransition, Baby, in 2021 and was met with immediate critical success. Her story explores gender, parenthood, and love. Detransition, Baby was nominated for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Awards, and the Brooklyn Public Library Award. She is the first openly trans woman nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Peters won the 2021 PEN/Hemingway award for debut fiction.

She has a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth.

Currently, Peters splits her time between Brooklyn and an off-grid cabin in Vermont.

Photo credit: The Guardian

Jordy Rosenberg is the author of the award-winning debut novel, Confessions of the Fox which has been recognized by The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, and Kirkus Reviews as one of the best books of 2018.

Rosenberg is a professor in the Department of English and Associated Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) Faculty in the Program for Pets and Writers at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he teaches eighteenth-century literature and gender and sexuality studies.

He has received fellowships and awards from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, the Ahmanson Foundation. J. Paul Getty Trust, the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and the Clarion Foundation’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop.

Rosenberg splits his time between New York City and Northampton, Massachusetts.

Photo credit: Penguin Random House

Janet Mock is a New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs, an Emmy-nominated writer, director, and executive producer for FX’s POSE and two Netflix limited series.

Mock was included in the first annual Trans 100, a list of 100 transgender activists in the United States. In 2015, the American Library Association honored her first memoir, Redefining Realness, with the Stonewall Book award.

Photo credit: NPR

Want more transgender authors?

Check out Parkland Community Library’s Transgender Authors & Stories booklist!

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