11 Cross-dressing

Chapter 11: Cross-dressing 

Barrett, J. (Ed.). (2007). Transsexual and other disorders of gender identity. Oxford: Radcliffe. – The seminal textbook on trans from a pragmatic and medical perspective it contains chapters on psychological support, surgery, endocrinology, speech therapy, religion and  UK law.

Bornstein, K. (1994). Gender outlaw. London: Routledge.  – The seminal challenge to a binary gender system this book is both funny and thoughtful.

Bornstein, K. (1998). My gender workbook. London: Routledge. – A companion to Gender Outlaw and written as a textbook this book is filled with exercises to help people explore their gender beyond a binary.

Ekins, R., & King, D. (2006). The transgender phenomenon. London: Sage. – A sociological exploration of most aspects of changing gender.

Ettner. R., Monstrey, S., & Eyler, A. E. (Eds.) (2007).  Principles of transgender medicine and surgery. New York: The Haworth Press. – A US based overview of many of the aspects of changing gender.

Garber, M. (1992). Vested interests: Cross-dressing and cultural anxiety. London: Penguin. A sociological and theoretical exploration of cross-dressing. Expertly researched but becoming somewhat dated.

Halberstam, J. (2005). In a queer time and place: Transgender bodies, subcultural lives. London: New York University Press. – An exploration of trans masculine identities from a queer-theoretical perspective.

Lev, A. I. (2004). Transgender emergence. London: Haworth Clinical Practice Press. – A very useful and comprehensive book covering psychotherapy with trans people.

http://www.skintwo.co.uk – This is the website of the popular fetish and BDSM magazine Skin Two which started in 1983 and is now sold quarterly in mainstream stores globally. The website has a range of information and a forum.

Wilchins, R. A. (1997). Read my lips: Sexual subversion and the end of gender. Ann Arbor: Firebrand Books. The seminal trans manifesto, beautifully written, funny, moving.

http://www.beaumontsociety.org.uk – the Beaumont Society have been assisting men who present as women since 1966 and are an excellent repository of knowledge and support. They have a somewhat older membership than the Queer Youth Network

http://www.queeryouth.org.uk/community – The queer Youth Network acts as a community base for information and support for young queer people, which includes those who present in a way not societally usual for a person of that birth assigned gender as well as other young people with a variety of identities and practices.

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