Transgender Romance, Anyone?

Andreja Pejic--a globally successful trans model.
Andreja Pejic–a globally successful trans model.

by Madeline Iva

In a wonderfully reassuring moment on Facebook — yes, I *know* how strange that sounds — I was in the middle of a discussion about transgender romances.  They’re out there.  And if you’re looking for something new when it comes to contemporary romance–something a little m/m but not–transgender romance might just be the ticket.

How do you come out to your folks that you're trans? "Mom, Dad, there's this really funny TV show I'd like you both to watch," could be your conversation starter.
How do you come out to your folks that you’re trans? “Mom, Dad, there’s this really funny TV show I’d like you both to watch,” could be your conversation starter.

Meanwhile, I would consider the last year to be “Year of the Trans”.  From Laverne Cox to Transparent, to using bathrooms, we’ve had more exposure and acceptance of this tiny group of individuals than ever before.url

With that increase in recognition and acceptance, of course the romance community has swelled to include romances starring trans hero/heroines.  HERE’S A GOODREADS LINK TO SOME TRANS ROMANCES you can scroll through. The descriptions at first may not SOUND like the romances are typical m/f.  But read closely and follow the reviews–you’ll see they are a bit more wiggly and complicated–breathing fresh life into familiar romance tropes.

Trans models are rocking the fashion world--which seems totally open to anyone and everyone--as long as they're skinny. It's a twisted kind of radical acceptance.
Trans models are rocking the fashion world–which seems totally open to anyone and everyone–as long as they’re skinny. It’s a twisted kind of radical acceptance, I guess.

For my part, I’ve become fascinated with trans model Andreja Pejic and this interview with Madeira Darling got me all revved up imagining a trans-sexual hijinks vampire plot that my obsessive brain will not leave alone.

Also, G.G. Andrews has started this whole #ReadHotter challenge at Lady Smut.  Trans romance really fits the bill for stretching my reading boundaries–how about you?  ; >

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wickedapprenticefinal-fjm_high_res_1800x2700Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance.  Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and through iTunes.  Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.

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  • Post authorElizabeth Shore

    “Trans-sexual hijinks vampire plot”?! How perfectly glorious. Get writing, girlfriend!

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  • Post authorboundrose

    I’ll read about anyone interesting. It’s amazing how we’re beginning to see all people being represented, and while not all representations are flattering or accurate it means we can begin to get more nuanced stories. I read a blog earlier to day by an author who bemoaning the “moral decay” of society for just…showing LGBT people as being people, and I held myself back from commenting because people like that ,specifically authors, will reap what they reap with that mindset. If you want to pretend that any group you dislike isn’t leading lives, going on adventures, or falling in love well the you probably don’t right the best stories for the 21st century. It is astonishing how some people see a variety of characters and instead of saying “That’s not for me” respond negatively. Yet more astonishing is the fact that world is changing story by story into one where everyone can find a story they can relate to on multiple levels.

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    • Post authorMadeline Iva

      Live and let live, I say…. Thanks for sharing!

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