Women’s and Trans books
1. “Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children” by Diane Ehrensaft (Experiment, $16.95 pb). A comprehensive guidebook for parents and therapists.
2. “Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She Is Today” by Kate Bornstein (Beacon, $16 pb).
3. “Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders” by Joy Ladin (U. of Wisc., $26.95 hb, less 10 percent in the store). The first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution, Ladin endured media glare and controversy when she made the transition from male to female.
4. “Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama” by Alison Bechdel (HMH, $22 hb, less 10 percent in the store). From the best-selling author of “Fun Home” comes a poignant and hilarious graphic memoir of Bechdel becoming the artist her gifted mother always wanted to be.
5. “Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents” by Irwin Krieger (Genderwise, $12.95 pb).
6. “Tea Leaves” by Janet Mason (Bella, $15.95 pb). A memoir of caring for her dying mother and the deepening of their relationship.
7. “Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?” by Jeanette Winterson (Grove, $25 hb, less 10 percent in the store). This memoir is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home and a mother by the author of “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.”
8. “Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue” by Nichloas M. Teich (Columbia, $20 pb). This book is written for students, professionals, friends and family members.
Women’s and Trans DVDs
1. “Romeos” directed by Sabine Bernardi (2011, 94 min., $24.95). Lukas is a pre-op trans person who often finds himself in uncomfortable, compromising positions. Then he meets the confident, gorgeous Fabio.
2. “Tomboy” directed by Celine Sciamma (2011, 84 min., $24.95). The story of 10-year-old Laure (played by the amazing Zoe Heran), who moves to the suburbs and decides to pass as a boy amongst the pack of neighborhood kids.
3. “Pariah” directed by Dee Rees (2011, 87 min., $29.95). A 17-year-old African-American butch lesbian is torn between the demands of her conservative family and the comfort of community among her friends.
4. “The Real L Word, The Complete Second Season” (2011, 504 minutes, $36.95). The totally unscripted Showtime reality series about being young, gay and out in L.A.
5. “The Lovers & Friends Show, Season 4” directed by Charmain Johnson (2011, 167 min., $19.95). Six minority lesbians navigate their way through life’s challenges with attitude and a fabulous sense of style.
6. “Stuck” directed by Steve Balderson (2009, 95 min., $24.95). Faithfully reproducing the genre of women-in-prison films with a modern, tongue-in-cheek twist, expect all the hallmarks of a classic prison movie complete with a wrongly accused heroine, hard-boiled dames, diabolical alliances, forbidden love, cat-fighting cuties, a sadistic warden and corrupt prison guards.
7. “The Lovers & Friends Show, Season 3” directed by Charmain Johnson (2011, 167 min., $19.95). The hottest lesbians on the web are back with another season of tantalizing drama in this scrappy low-budget hit show!
8. “I Can’t Think Straight” directed by Shamin Sarif (2008, 80 min., $24.95). Two Indian women, one Muslim and the other Hindu, fall in love on the eve of one woman’s wedding.
1. “Twelve O’Clock Tales” by Felice Picano (Bold Strokes, $16.95 pb). Eleven dark, eerie, bizarre and dreamlike tales will thrill and disturb, discomfort and titillate, enthrall and leave you wondering.
2. “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach (Back Bay, $14.99 new in pb). An expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment — to oneself and to others — in a baseball story that goes beyond the sport and into hearts and minds.
3. “This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More” by Augusten Burroughs (St. Martin’s, $24.99 hb, less 10 percent in the store).
4. “Queer History of the United States” by Michael Bronski (Beacon, $17 new in pb). Charts the breadth of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history from 1492 to the 1990s.
5. “Every Time I Think of You” by Jim Provenzano (Myrmidudes, $14.95 pb). Lambda Lit winner in 2012 for gay romance.
6. “Secret Taboo: Homophobia in Black America” by Theodore Fuller (Wasteland, $12 pb). The etiology of homophobia, its historical development in the black community and its negative impact.
7. “Little Book of Big Penises” edited by Dian Hanson (Taschen, $9.99 new in pb).
8. “Victory: The Triumphant Gay Movement” by Linda Hirshman (Harper, $27.99 hb, less 10 percent in the store). How the fight for gay rights has changed the American landscape for all citizens — blurring rigid gender lines, altering the shared culture and broadening our definitions of family.
9. “Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders” by Gyles Brandreth (Touchstone, $14 pb). Wilde as the detective aided by his friend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
1. “Private Romeo” directed by Alan Brown (2011, 98 min., $24.95). Takes us to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired.
2. “Eating Out 5: The Open Weekend” directed by Allan Brocka (2011, 80 min., $24.95). Zack and Benji open up their relationship for a weekend of fun at a gay resort in Palm Springs.
3. “Double Feature: Newcastle and The New Twenty” (199 min., $19.95). A pair of excellent men’s dramas.
4. “eCupid” directed by JC Calciano (2011, 95 min., $24.95).
5. “Kawa: A Coming Out Drama” directed by Katie Wolfe (2011, 77 min., $24.95). Kawa, a successful Maori businessman in Auckland, New Zealand, is forced to reveal his lifelong secret that he is gay.
6. “The One” directed by Caytha Jentis (2011, 90 min., $24.95). Think “Philadelphia Story” meets “Latter Days.”
7. “Eating Out 4: Drama Camp” directed by Q. Allen Brocka (2011, 90 min., $24.95). A raunchy comedy with the innocence of summer love. Unedited version not shown on Logo.
8. “Bear Nation” directed by Malcolm Ingram (2011, 80 min., $19.95), A look at the lives of big guys who love other big guys in this documentary.
9. ”Kickoff” directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair (2010, 99 min., $24.95). Butch soccer team vs. a great gay soccer team.
10. “Harvest” directed by Benjamin Cantu (2011, 88 min., $19.99). An achingly romantic tale of an innocent but ever-increasingly passionate affair that develops between two simple farmhands.