Many LGBT organizations offer online overviews . Here are two resources I found helpful.

These three books discuss gender in simple, engaging language. Each will appeal to a slightly different reader.

Two other books cover the topic a bit more technically.

  • The Gendered Self: Further Commentary on the Transsexual Phenomenon. Vitale, Anna. 2010. Point Reyes Station: Flyfisher Press. — Based on the author’s experience in treating over 500 gender dysphoric individuals. Candid insights from a seasoned professional.
  • Transsexualism: A Medical Retrospective. Seton, Sarah. 2008. Aetheom Press. — Though its statistics are a bit dated, the author offers insights and scientific details that are particularly helpful to transgender individuals struggling with guilt. My favorite quote: “Contrary to current belief, transsexuals are not tormented by their condition: it is their condition, which prompts society to torment them.”