Digital Transgender Archive
Below is a list of links for archives, encyclopedias, articles, ebooks, and other helpful resources related to trans history. If you are looking specifically for links to our collaborating institutions, please visit the Institutions page.
A Gender Variance Who's Who: "This site is the most comprehensive on the web devoted to trans history and biography. Well over 1200 persons worthy of note, both famous and obscure, are discussed in detail, and many more are mentioned in passing–especially in the year-end summaries."
Arresting Dress: A timeline of anti-cross-dressing laws in the United States: A timeline showing the evolution of several U.S. laws enforcing sex-specific dress. Most of these laws have since been overturned.
Gendertalk: "Over 400 inspiring, entertaining and informative programs. Each program is indexed with links to more info. We’re not taping new shows, but you can still listen!"
Gender Talents: "A web-based project by artist Carlos Motta that engages movements and discourses for gender self-determination within trans and intersex communities internationally. Gender Talents features an online archive of video portraits of trans and intersex activists who thoughtfully perform gender as a personal, social, and political opportunity rather than as a social condemnation."
GLAAD: An organization dedicated to shaping a narrative of equality surrounding LGBT issues in the media and generating positive change. Their guide on transgender issues provides definitions of related terms and distinguishes appropriate terms from derogatory ones. GLAAD’s Transgender Timeline provides a simple visual guide of transgender visibility from 1952-2012.
History UnErased: "Intersections and Connections curriculum presents LGBT+ history within a more complete story of civilization. Our holistic, non-judgmental, age-appropriate approach encourages critical analysis and historical thinking skills while normalizing LGBT+ identities."
LGBT Religious Archives Network: Compiles materials pertaining to religious movements of LGBT individuals and organizations. The site hosts special exhibitions and includes several collections of photographs, oral histories, and profiles of influential individuals in international LGBT religious movements. Trans-specific materials can be found through searching the site’s Collections Catalog.
Making Gay History: The Making Gay History podcast mines Eric Marcus’s decades old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his award-winning oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.
National Center for Transgender Equality: A Washington, D.C., non-profit social justice organization that advocates for transgender equality in pertinent national issues. The NCTE’s resources page provides digital editions of local and national reports on transgender issues as well as educational and activist literature.
OurStory Scotland: OurStory Scotland is a recognised Scottish Charity (SCIO) that collects, archives and presents the life stories and experiences of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender) community in Scotland. This involves oral history work with all ages, including the older generation, whose stories reveal the tremendous changes that have occurred in the situation of LGBT people during their lifetime. In addition to collecting stories, images, artefacts and research materials from LGBT lives, we present our heritage through the arts, in exhibitions, storytelling and drama.
OutHistory.org: Provides historical information relating to transgender, gay, lesbian, and bisexual people through a mixture of primary source materials, biographies, and timelines. Materials can be searched by time period, individual, place, source type, and subject.
Reed Erickson and the Erickson Educational Foundation: A history of Reed Erickson and his impact on public and medical understandings of transsexualism through the Erickson Educational Foundation (EEF).
Remembering Our Dead: A memorial site dedicated to documenting and remembering victims of transphobic murders. This site appears to have been last updated circa 2005 and only the landing page is available. Information on the International Transgender Day of Remembrance can be found here.
That's So Gay: Outing Early America: An exhibit hosted by The Library Company of Philadelphia with a few pages on crosss-dressing and gender bending.
To Survive on This Shore: "Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender-Variant Older Adults."
Tracking Transgender: The Historical Truth: Cristan Williams’s personal blog, which shares historical research on the etymology of trans-related terminology.
The "Trans + Gender" Project: An interactive timeline that tracks the historical emergence and etymology of the trans + gender compound. This timeline features clippings from books, correspondence, academic articles, and other related primary sources.
Trans Student Equality Resources: A youth organization aimed at improving educational experiences and opportunities for trans* and gender nonconforming students. The TSER website makes available model policy literature, infographics relating to trans* issues, and other online activism resources.
Transfaith: A nonprofit organization that focuses on transgender and transsexual faith and spirituality, including information on religious practices, spiritual events, and activism.
Transrespect Versus Transphobia Worldwide: An ongoing research project that monitors the human rights situations of trans people all over the world. The TvT website provides access to the project’s past publications, as well as other articles in a variety of languages, and digitally maps the legal and social situation of trans people worldwide.
"The Sissies, Hustlers, and Hair Fairies Whose Defiant Lives Paved the Way for Stonewall": A lengthy article on U.S. transgender history.
The Visibility Project: A national portrait + video collection dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women & Trans* community. The Visibility Project breaks barriers through powerful imagery and storytelling.
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