Curated by Genspect Director Stella O’Malley, the author of Cotton Wool Kids, Bully-Proof Kids and Fragile, this small collection of brilliant books will prove helpful to families, clinicians, and all those interested in gender issues.


With Irreversible Damage, American journalist Abigail Shrier did more than anyone else to alert the public to the soaring numbers of distressed teen girls questioning their gender.

Almost half of the parents who reach out to us mention Irreversible Damage as the first resource they encountered when looking for families in a similar situation.

Shrier’s sensitive handling of gender dysphoria ensures that she is a source parents can trust. On the basis of her pioneering work, millions have come to realise that the trans issue is more complex than it seems.

Irreversible Damage is punchy, analytical and written with the zest and elegance of a journalist at the top of her game. – The Times

Named a book of the year by The Economist and one of the best books of 2021 by The Times and The Sunday Times

Trans: Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Dysphoria

Az Hakeem

If you are looking for a user-friendly guide to understanding gender dysphoria, look no further. Az Hakeem’s Trans delves into the psychology of trans-identification without losing sight of its practical, day-to-day implications. A thoughtful, accessible and timely work which will be invaluable to parents, educators and clinicians alike.

Inventing Transgender Children and Young People

Edited by Michele Moore & Heather Brunskell-Evans

In this edited volume, professional expertise and personal experience come together to create an excoriating analysis of how the concept of the ‘trans kid’ has been created in our society – and the many potential negative consequences of this entirely new concept. Includes a chapter written by Genspect Director, Stella O’Malley.

Gender Dysphoria: A Therapeutic Model for Working with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

Susan Evans & Marcus Evans

Drawing on a psychoanalytic framework, Gender Dysphoria lays the groundwork for a comprehensive clinical approach to gender-questioning adolescents. Taking cutting-edge research into account – or, indeed, its absence – this book opens up a new way of thinking about young people who are identifying as trans, and how the medical profession might best assist them.

Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality

Helen Joyce

From the history of transition and transgenderism to the consequences of gender ideology in modern society, Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality gives a detailed analysis of what gender has come to mean, and what that means for the rest of us. This Sunday Times bestseller should be on everyone’s reading list.

Material Girls: Why Reality Matters For Feminism

Kathleen Stock

In Material Girls, Kathleen Stock turns her philosopher’s critical eye to matters of sex and gender. A work which balances blistering analysis with a deep compassion for women and girls, Stock’s tour de force will doubtless serve as a point of reference for many years, as society comes to terms with the new landscape of gender identity.

Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different

Lisa Selin Davis

In the fast-paced world of ever-multiplying gender identities, the label “tomboy” might just seem like yet another unnecessary, gendered term. But in Tomboy, journalist and author Lisa Selin Davis reveals some unexpected facts about girls who buck the trend – and offers us her own predications on where they, and we, might be going next.

The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths About Sex and Identity in Our Society

Debra Soh

In The End of Gender, Debra Soh takes seemingly forbidding subjects such as neuroscience and genetics and makes them relatable and relevant. Questioning the credo that there are no differences between male and female brains, Soh examines the changing perceptions of masculinity and femininity in today’s world, and their implications for the younger generation.

My Body is Me!

Rachel Rooney | Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg

Teach your little one to love and cherish their body – and not to fall prey to sex stereotypes. Rachel Rooney’s My Body is Me cultivates a truly progressive mindset towards self-acceptance, no matter what kind of body your child was born with. Available from Transgender Trend: just click the link below!

The Handsome Little Cygnet

Matthew Mehan | Illustrated by John Folley

Sometimes, the world can be a scary place for all of us! Join The Handsome Little Cygnet as he waddles out into the world… and finds that not everything is as it seems. A beautiful tale about family, trust, and – most importantly! – love.

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