Trans Book Month: Trans + Ace-spectrum Characters in Fiction

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Over the weekend we got a message from one of our readers, Will, asking for some help finding books to read:

Hi there! Do you happen to know of any books/stories with a trans MC (nb or genderqueer included) who is on the ace spectrum? I’ve been looking for ages and have not had a ton of luck finding that particular intersection.

I’m ashamed to admit that I could only think of one or two books off the top of my head. But with the help of some excellent folks on Twitter, I’m excited to share with you a list of trans + ace-spectrum books for your reading pleasure!

  • “Assassins: Nemesis” by Erica Cameron. YA. Has an MC that’s intersex and NB + ace-spectrum. (Goodreads)
  • “The Traitor’s Tunnel” by CM Spivey. Fantasy. Character is pan-romantic asexual and trans. (Goodreads)
  • “Chamelon Moon” by RoAnna Sylver. SciFi. Both trans & ace rep, as well as an NB-ace character, and an agender-ace character. (Goodreads)
  • “Swansea” by Elliott Junkyard (Sweet Revenge #1). SFF. Airship pirates, serial, one of the MCs is grey-ace and trans! (Goodreads)
  • “Terminal” by AM Blaushild. Urban Fantasy. Online web serial (FREE!!) with an NB, asexual, and grey-romantic protagonist. (Website / AO3)
  • “Iwunen Intersteller Investigations” by Bogi Takács. SciFi. Webseries, two NB leads who are demisexual. (Website)
  • “No More Heroes” by Michelle Kan. Urban Fantasy. AroAce, genderfluid MC, POC (Cantonese) (Goodreads)
  • “Mr. March Names the Stars” by Rivka Aarons-Hughes. Contemporary. Ace MC, and ace-trans love interest. (Goodreads)
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Can you think of any others that we can add to this list? Drop us a comment and let us know! (Goodreads/website links welcome.)

Trans Book Month: Interview with Alex Gino, author of “George”

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Trans Book Month on Just Love is all about elevating and celebrating trans authors and trans narratives. Today we’re thrilled to have  Alex Gino on the blog. Alex is the author George, a middle grade novel about a transgender girl!

Thanks for taking some time this morning to chat with me, I’m really, really excited about this!

Can you start by talking about why you wanted to write George? What was the motivation behind that?

So when I was growing up, there were no trans characters in children’s fiction—there weren’t really gay characters in children’s fiction. Those times I encountered transness, it was a joke, or an insult, or some other negative thing. And I’m sure that affected how I grew up, not seeing things that I was connecting with, and being told whatever I was saying wasn’t a thing, and not having any proof that anyone else was like me. Which is not everyone’s trans story, but it is mine. And as an adult I went to the children’s section, because I’ve always loved children’s books, and there still weren’t any books with trans characters. There were some gay characters by 2000 or so, but there still weren’t any books with trans characters.

So I said, “This is the book I wish I had.”

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