Transgender Romance, Anyone?
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.
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.
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.
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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Madeline 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.