Digital Transgender Archive



Spotlight: “You’re all beautiful. Keep it up.”

Published: 2016-09-16

Davina Anne Gabriel closed an interview with Sandy Stone for a 1995 publication of her journal, TransSisters, with the question, “what advice would you give to the transsexual feminist movement?”


Spotlight: What Can a Woman’s Death Teach Us About Life?

Published: 2016-09-09

In reporting Christine Jorgensen’s death in 1989, Renaissance News provided an overview of how Jorgensen came to be a public figure.


“Trans-ing” Gender Throughout History

Published: 2016-08-18

There is a common misconception that gender variance is a relatively recent phenomenon owing to the growing contemporary transgender rights movement. Two recent additions of artwork to the Digital Transgender Archive challenge that misconception: II Femminiello by Giuseppe Bonito and Dance to the Berdache - Saukie by George Catlin, which were created around the 18th and 19th centuries respectively.


Die Transvestiten: Sexology and Pivotal Moments in Trans History

Published: 2016-08-03

Here at the Digital Transgender Archive, we are incredibly excited to be posting the first and second editions of this seminal text in their original German forms!


Cross Dressing and Trans Identity

Published: 2016-07-22

These zines are a good reminder for readers that the DTA includes materials with diverse subjectivities, even contemporary ones, that extend far beyond the term “transgender.”


Appreciating the Digitization of Transgender History

Published: 2016-07-19

In 1995, activist Lisa Ann Jayne said: "Some day ... maybe in about 20 years, the historians of our moment will not take out a pen, but will take out their cybervisor, and they will imagine words onto a screen. They will record the history of this movement, and they will record the history of our people and the folks who turned it around, who passed the first laws, who were elected judge for the first time."


The International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy

Published: 2016-07-13

We recently added a collection of 121 objects from an annual transgender law conference that took place in the 1990s.


Representing at the ALMS Conference

Published: 2016-06-26

From June 22nd to June 24th I had the amazing pleasure of representing the Digital Transgender Archive at the Archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections Conference (ALMS) 2016 conference, an international LGBTQ+ conference hosted in London.


Lessons Learned from Letters to the Editor

Published: 2016-06-20

Many of the periodicals that we process dedicate multiple pages to letters to the editor. Over time, we have come to recognize common themes in these letters and understand their importance.


Grappling with Religion and Trans Issues

Published: 2016-06-14

An anonymous writer shares:  “My creator made me as I am...If I can stand confident and content with who, what, and how God made me, then I am not insulting my creator by rejecting and being made to feel shame over what my creator chose to do in making me.”