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Jun 18, 2015, 2:48pm

not sure people will see this since there isn't much activity in this group, but i'm wondering if anyone knows any romance books with trans main characters? probably there isn't enough out there to be picky but the request was ideally for a mtf main character romance with either a male or female (cis or trans). i thought maybe a safe girl to love by casey plett but that's about all i can come up with. anyone else? and thanks!

Edited: Jul 28, 2015, 9:03am

I've not tried it, but you could read Hawk's Landing by Carol Lynne. I'm going to try the Casey Plett as soon as I have time to read *anything*!

Jul 28, 2015, 10:55am

thanks! looks like that's only an ebook right now, but for a change most of the comments i found about it are positive. thanks for the heads up!

and btw, the casey plett won a lambda award for transgender fiction at this year's awards.

Jul 28, 2015, 11:27am

Oh shame. The cover of the Carol Lynne was so good I assumed it was available in physical format. I found it on

I've had Nevada by Imogen Binnie recommended to me, not sure if it counts as romance, though.

Jul 28, 2015, 12:31pm

no, it doesn't. it's a great book for trans lit, though, i thought. i didn't love everything (even many things) about it but thought it was really important and worth reading. if you're interested, my review is here, i think

Edited: Jul 28, 2015, 3:41pm

Children's lit and YA may not be what you're looking for. But for others who find this thread, there's this article from NYT that ran on June 6, 2015. It lists a number of authors and titles.

Jul 28, 2015, 5:23pm

Thank you. Especially after reading your review I'll be reading Nevada.

Jul 28, 2015, 7:08pm

>6 librorumamans:

thanks for this! i read this article when it was written and totally forgot about it. it's not what i was asked to find, but it's still good to know about these books.

>7 IanFryer:

link your review after you read it!

Sep 3, 2015, 7:02am

I'm broke right now pre-holiday, so I'm delaying buying Nevada and instead have downloaded Being Emily by Rachel Gold from my local library. Will report back in a couple of weeks.

Sep 20, 2015, 1:55pm

So Being Emily was interesting, and sort of a romance, as the trans woman at the heart of the story had to negotiate coming out to her girlfriend. The writing style isn't entirely successful, as the story is told from two points of view, one being in the first person, the other the third person, an odd choice which doesn't come off.

It's a very American book, to my British eyes, as a lot of time is spent exploring religious attitudes to Trans issues. It works OK, but could have been so much more powerful.

Sep 21, 2015, 12:06pm

i've heard such good things about being emily that i'm a little disappointed that you found it just ok. i was hoping to love it when i eventually read it. i think it was her first book, so maybe her second is better. (i forget what it's called but it's about a trans woman in a college dorm.) the pov choice is certainly a weird one, as you said, and i'm curious why she wrote it that way...

Jun 18, 2016, 10:03am

Transformed San Francisco is a slightly less 'literature' book with Charley a trans man as one of the main characters. There's also a lesbian police officer in it if I recall. It's not perfect, but I liked it when I read it as an ARC.

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