Here are two memoirs by Black trans women; Cooking In Heels: A Memoir Cookbook by Ceyenne Doroshow and I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman by Toni Newman. I learned about them through Janet Mock’s post, Not All Memoirs Are Created Equal: The Gatekeeping of Trans Women of Color’s Stories. Great read. I especially like that she wrote this:
Many trans folks have been able to hear their story told through other trans folk in literature who have represented them and resonated in some way. Yet the stories that have dominated this genre have nothing to do with me. I, a young, poor-raised, multi-racial trans women, did not have access to stories because the stories I craved did not exist, and the ones that did exist are consistently being erased. And because I didn’t have examples of women like me who made it through it was difficult to imagine a future beyond what I was living.
Some of our stories have yet to be told. Some of our stories aren’t just about gender. Some of our stories are about the shaming of our color, about the way the world views us as less valuable, about how we’re told to pull ourselves up and when we resort to the necessary acts of survival, we’re told to be quiet. Some of our stories are about how even in spaces of community we’re silenced.
Examine the intersections IN the intersections.