S210. The Future of Gender: Optimism and Realism in Transgender Children’s Books

A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Recent years have seen a (relative) explosion of transgender characters in books for young readers, yet these representations have largely not centered the voices of transgender people. This panel will define an agenda for a more open and truly responsive trans literature for young readers and put forth visions for a more expansive future, while also providing perspectives on how to better craft these stories for interested writers.



Geeta Lewis

Vee Signorelli is the admin and cofounder of YA Pride (previously known as GayYA). A bookseller and library aide, Signorelli is a sophomore in college and hopes to someday become a Teen Services librarian and published author.

Kyle Lukoff is an elementary school librarian, serving children aged 2 through 11. He is also a published picture book author, with previous publications in professional publications, anthologies, and review journals.

Mason J. is a multidisciplinary artist, youth advocate, and archivist-in-training inspired by life as a Two Spirit AfroLatinx queer. An alumnus of VONA, Radar Productions, and Still Here SF they currently hold the inaugural fellowship title at the San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center.

April Daniels


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center