Rachel Gold


Being Emily

Being Emily was the first young adult novel to tell the story of a trans girl from her perspective. It was hailed as groundbreaking and powerful for its realistic and optimistic story. In May 2018 a new, anniversary edition was released that includes new scenes, updated language and science, and an introduction by Harvard professor Stephanie Burt.

Huffington Post’s 21 Best Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Books for Kids

Golden Crown Literary Award winner

Moonbeam Children’s Book Award winner

Lambda Literary Award finalist

From the back cover:

They say that whoever you are it’s okay, you were born that way. Those words don’t comfort Emily, because she was born Christopher and her insides know that her outsides are all wrong.

They say that it gets better, be who you are and it’ll be fine. For Emily, telling her parents who she really is means a therapist who insists Christopher is normal and Emily is sick. Telling her girlfriend means lectures about how God doesn’t make that kind of mistake.

Emily desperately wants high school in her small Minnesota town to get better. She wants to be the woman she knows is inside, but it’s not until a substitute therapist and a girl named Natalie come into her life that she believes she has a chance of actually Being Emily.

A story for anyone who has ever felt that the inside and outside don’t match and no one else will understand…


Rachel Gold is the author of multiple queer & trans young adult novels. She has an MFA in Writing, spent seven years as a reporter for a regional LGBTQ newspaper and over fifteen years in corporate marketing. As a marketing strategist, Rachel has developed brand messages for small to large businesses across the U.S. and has won awards for her writing, ideas, and “genius marketing.” She’s an all around geek and avid gamer who teaches at the Loft Literary Center an annual class/game for teens called, “I’m Gaming as I Write This.”