Transgender History: References for Use

This page is a long list of links intended to provide historical information about transgender people, their places and roles throughout many societies, and the long term proof of our existence throughout history. Please feel free to reference this as you wish.

If you have suggestions for articles to add to the list, please let me know via comment, or if you have my Facebook or Email contact information, please feel free to let me know that way as well.

Beyond Caitlyn Jenner Lies a Long Struggle by Transgender People
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Genders In Cultures Around The World
Transgender History: Trans Expression in Ancient Times
What It Was Like to Transition 50 Years Ago
Transgender Elders Share Stories About Life Long Before Caitlyn Jenner
Christine Jorgensen, Caroline Cossey and the power of role models: Transgender in Pennsylvania
Trans Oral History Project: Miss Major on Stonewall
“Stonewall 25”
Meet the Participants
Sylvia Rivera Obituary
Stonewall: The birth of gay power
Interview With an Actual Stonewall Riot Veteran: The Ciswashing of Stonewall Must End!
Pat Cordova-Goff Answers Questions About The Stonewall Boycott
San Francisco’s Stonewall: The landmark transgender rights riot of 1966
‘Stonewall’ film is rewriting LGBT history
Anonymous activists give Stonewall statues historically accurate makeover
New Alan Turing Letters Reveal Turmoil Over Sexuality, ‘Gay Cure’ Hormone Therapy
Once a Pariah, Now a Judge: The Early Transgender Journey of Phyllis Frye
50 Years of Transgender Models By Daniel Reynolds
Freddie Mercury dressed Princess Diana in drag to sneak her into a gay bar
Ladies In The Streets: Before Stonewall, Transgender Uprising Changed Lives
Every LGBTQ+ Person Should Read This
National Portrait Gallery Adds First Transgender Person to Collection
The Complete History of Transgender Characters in American Comic Books
Teddy Girls: The Style Subculture That Time Forgot
1977: Story of transgender pioneer Angela Morley to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4
Remembering Holly Woodlawn, a Transgender Star of the Warhol Era
The First Black Trans Model Had Her Face on a Box of Clairol
America Pretends There Are Only Two Genders, But Did You Know The Navajo Honor Four? (VIDEO)
Lambda Legal Applauds Appointment of First Openly Lesbian Justice to Minnesota Supreme Court
TERF hate and Sandy Stone
Trans History 101: Transgender Expression in Ancient Times
Transgender Revolutionaries Profiled in New Documentary Series
Nancy Reagan and the AIDS Crisis
Transforming History
The dark side of “visibility”: How we slept on trans people becoming the new scapegoats of the right
Jim Fouratt: A classic example of transphobia in older-generation gay men
In the Early 20th Century, America Was Awash in Incredible Queer Nightlife
Rebel Girls: These 6 Queer and Trans Trailblazers Made Political History
The riot that predated Stonewall, 50 years later
Bond Girl Tula was the First Transgender Woman To Bare It All in Playboy Magazine
It’s official: Stonewall Inn is a national monument
How the Nazis derailed the medical advances around sexual reassignment surgery
Happy 65th Birthday, Sylvia Rivera!
The Story Of David Reimer: A Medical Experiment Gone Wrong
Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders
Treatment of left-handedness offers a window into LGBTQ discrimination
Trans: A British History, edited by Christine Burns
7 Realities Of Being Trans Back Before You Knew We Existed
Being able to transition took a quantum leap in the early 1970s.
Historic gay landmark to close while another hopes for recognition
Transforming History
Tracking Transgender: The Historical Truth
Statues of Greek Hermaphrodites
Christine Jorgensen, 1979
The B-52’s’ Fred Schneider on RuPaul’s Pre-Fame ‘Love Shack’ Cameo: ‘He Got the Line-Dance Going!’
Trans Britain: Our Long Journey from the Shadows
A history lesson for Trump: Transgender soldiers served in the Civil War

3 thoughts on “Transgender History: References for Use

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    Yes! Kapung khaf and thank you for your fabulous reference list.

    In personal interest, the first article that I read was about Joanne Keatly (transitioning 50 years ago). Wow! A fellow classmate and alumnae from Stanford.

    I was an out trans child since 1959, so yes, I totally relate to Keatly and what it was to be out five decades ago.

    You have my Stanford papers that I sent to you. Yep, the 1970s were so different than today.

    That Keatly article made the great point that trans did not start with Jenner.

    Even considering current history (Jorgensen), we have been here for quite a long time. I shall enjoy reading the other articles taking the deeper historical fact that we have been part of societies and cultures world-wide since the dawn of humanity. After all, trans is a natural part of the world’s bio-diversity since the beginning of time.


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