Beyond Magenta

Beyond Magenta

Transgender Teens Speak Out

Book - 2014 | First edition
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.", viewed February 12, 2014.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780763673680
Call Number: y 306.768 K9626b 2014
Characteristics: 182 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Transgender teens speak out


From Library Staff

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults.

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults.

Includes interviews with six very different transgender, genderqueer, and intersex young adults who tell their stories in their own words. The author/photographer does a wonderful and the voices of these youth -alternately proud and fearful, defiant and subdued, thoughtful and exuberant - really... Read More »

Six transgender teens share their experiences including family dynamics, living situations, and gender issues.

Six transgender teens share their experiences including family dynamics, living situations, and gender issues.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Nov 20, 2020

This book highlights the lives of a handful of trans and non-binary teens, showing them to be like other teens in some respects, namely struggling to figure out who they are and what their purpose is. The uniqueness of their struggles to be accepted by family, friends, classmates, and strangers is what sets this book apart. Each teen shows their heart on their sleeve as they talk about the often crooked path to self-acceptance, the ultimate goal for many in the trans and enby communities.

Aug 28, 2019

It’s appalling that this sexually explicit book is available in our public library on the shelves for youth and marketed to our children at all, and it should be removed from every public library!

Aug 18, 2019

"Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out is an explicit book which is being promoted in the youth sections of local libraries.

The book contains explicit language, violent acts, and graphic descriptions of oral sex carried out by children as young as 6 years-old.

Written mostly in first-person, transgender people share their journeys without mentioning the illegal nature of their activities or the consequences of certain behaviours.

“From six up, I used to kiss other guys in my neighbourhood, make out with them, and perform oral sex on them. I liked it. I used to love oral. And I touched their you-know-whats. We were really young but that’s what we did.”

The account goes on to describe paedophiles masturbating. The author does not qualify that the acts were harmful or illegal.

Descriptions of violent behaviour include pushing over a pregnant teacher. The author writes, “I know it was wrong but….” – as if their anger were a justification for their actions.

Kirralie Smith, spokeswoman for Binary, found the book extremely disturbing.

“These stories are being promoted to young people who may not have the capacity to judge whether this is good or bad behaviour. And despite the illicit nature of their accounts, each concludes by celebrating their transition.

“Such material has no place in tax-payer funded libraries and should certainly never be promoted to children.”

Apr 30, 2017

Informative book, I really liked it.

ArapahoeTiegan Oct 01, 2016

Not a favorite of mine. While I do think it was a great idea to highlight different transgender teens and show how fluid gender can be, I do not think this book was as great as it could be. I really felt as though this book was missing a lot of crucial pieces to people wanting to understand the transgender teen experience or even for transgender teens to see others like them. Overall, I really was not impressed.

Feb 26, 2015

A powerful book.

Jul 28, 2014

I loved this books deals with teens on that are transgender. each chapter is a story/interview about the teens and the lives. I like how it went beyond the basic FTM and MTF, stories and included other ways of being trans.

ALEX FALCK Jul 23, 2014

I thought this book did a great job of presenting a diverse group of trans young people - various racial and socioeconomic backgrounds were featured, as well as a variety of gender identities and sexualities. I also appreciated the respect it showed for the privacy of the people who were interviewed and the way transition was presented as self-actualization rather than transformation or performance. It manages to be personal but not voyeuristic.

Jun 20, 2014

This book highlights the fact that "transgender" means something different to each person who identifies with the word. There are so many types of trans and this book does a great job telling the stories of teens all over the "spectrum" of trans identities.

Library_Dragon Mar 18, 2014

Excellent book on the personal experiences of transgendered teens.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Aug 20, 2019

NancyNP3 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


Add Notices
Aug 29, 2019

Sexual Content: explicit sexual content


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at MCL

To Top