Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies


Gender Studies Resources

Trans Resource List
Books and Scholarly Articles

Bornstein, Kate. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. Vintage, 1995.

Bornstein, Kate. My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely. Routledge, 1997.

Bergman, S. Bear. The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009.

°Bergman, S. Bear, Kate Bornstein. Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. Seal Press, 2010.

Califia, Pat. Macho Sluts. Alyson Books, 1994.

Califia, Pat. Pubic Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex. Cleis Press, 1994.

Camilleri, Anna & Chloë Brushwood Rose. Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002.

Cavanagh, Sheila. Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygienic Imagination. University of Toronto Press, 2010.

*°Clare, Eli. Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation. South End Press,1999.

Clare, Eli. The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion. Homofactus Press, 2007.

Cohen, Stephan. The Gay Liberation Youth Movement in New York: An Army of Lovers Cannot Fail. Routledge, 2007.

*Cotten, Trystan (Ed). Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders and Politics of Transition. Routledge, 2011.

Coyote, Ivan and Zena Sharman, eds. Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011.

Currah, Paisley, Richard M. Juang and Shannon Price Minter, eds. Transgender Rights. University of Minnesota Press, 2006.

Enke, Ann (ed). Transfeminist Perspectives in and Beyond Transgender and Gender Studies  (Temple University Press, 2012).

°Green, Jamison. Becoming a Visible Man. Vanderbilt University Press, 2004.

Halberstam, Judith. Female Masculinity. Duke University Press, 1998.

Halberstam, Judith. In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. New York University Press, 2005.

*hooks, bell. “Is Paris Burning?” Reel to Real: Race, Sex and Class at the Movies, bell hooks. New York: Routledge, 1996. 214-226.

Juang, Richard. “Transgendering the Politics of Recognition.” The Transgender Studies Reader. Eds. Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle. Routledge, 2006. 706-719.

*Koyama, Emi. “Whose Feminism is it Anyway?: The Unspoken Racism of the Trans Inclusion Debate.” The Transgender Studies Reader. Eds. Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle. Routledge, 2006.

Koyama, Emi. “The Transfreminist Manifesto.” Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century. Eds. R. Dicker and A. Piepmeier. Northeastern University Press, 2003.

Manalansan, Martin. Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.

Mattilda, a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore, ed. Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity.  Seal Press, 2006.

*Namaste, Viviane. Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgender People. University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Namaste, Viviane. Sex Change, Social Change: Reflections on Identity, Institutions and Imperialism. Women’s Press, 2005.

Nestle, Joan, Clare Howell and Riki Wilchins, eds. GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary. Alyson Books, 2002.

*Noble, J. Bobby. Sons of the Movement: FtMs Risking Incoherence on a Post-Queer Cultural Landscape. Women’s Press, 2006.

Salah, Trish. Reflections on Trans Organizing, Trade Unionism and Radical Communities. Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader. Dan Irving and Rupert Raj, eds. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press, 2014: 149-167.

Salah, Trish and Getsy, Julian “Introduction.” with Julian Carter and David Getsy. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. Special Issue on Trans* Cultural Production. 1.4. Ed.. (2014): 469-481.

Salah, Trish Notes on the Subaltern. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. Inaugural Issue: Keywords for Trans* Studies. 1.1-2 (2014): 297-305.

°Scholinski, Daphne. The Last Time I Wore a Dress. Riverhead Trade, 1998.

*Serano, Julia. Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Seal Press, 2007.

*Spade, Dean. Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of the Law. South End Press, 2011.

*Smith, Nat & Eric A. Stanley (Eds). Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. AK Press, 2011.

Stryker, Susan. Transgender History. Seal Press, 2008.

Stryker, Susan & Aren Z. Aizura, eds. The Transgender Studies Reader 2 Routledge, 2013.

Stryker, Susan, Paisley Currah and Lise Jean Moore. “Introduction: Trans-, Trans, or Transgender?” Women’s Studies Quarterly. 36.3/4 (2008): 11-22.

Stryker, Susan and Stephen Whittle, eds. The Transgender Studies Reader. Routledge, 2006.

Taormino, Tristan. Ed. Take Me There Trans and Genderqueer Erotica. Cleis Press, 2011.

*Tokawa, Kenji. “Why you don’t have to choose a white boy name to be a man in this world.” Gender Outlaws 2: The Next Generation. Eds. Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman. Seal Press, 2010.

Towle, Evan B. & Lynn M. Morgan. “Romancing the Transgender Native: Rethinking the Use of the ‘Third Gender’ Concept.” The Transgender Studies Reader. Eds. Susan Stryker and Stephen Whittle. Routledge, 2006.

*Recommended reading.
°It is recommended that this book be viewed as ‘historical’ and taught in accurate and critical context, yet the text remains of enduring importance to the field of trans studies.

News Articles

“Am I Man Enough?” by Paul Constant

“Can I be Frank?” by Ivan Coyote

“A Look At African-American TransTrailblazers” by Monica Roberts 

"Transgender Discrimination Study"


News, opinions, commentary, history and a little creative writing from a proud African-American transwoman about the world around her.

Bkln Boi Hood
bklyn boihood is a collective that creates visibility and builds community within masculine of center* bois, lesbians, queers, trans-identified, studs, doms, butches and AGs of color through online media, events, workshops and collaborative projects.

The Brown Boi Project
The Brown Boi Project is a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice.


Queer Zine Archive Project
An online archive of a huge variety of queer zines.

  • Against a Trans Narrative (2008)
  • The Aggressives (2005)
  • Allo Performance (2002)
  • Boy, I Am (2006)
  • The Celluloid Closet (1995)
  • Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting (1999)
  • Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005)
  • Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen (2008)
  • Girl Inside (2007)
  • No Dumb Questions (2001)
  • To Faro (Germany, 2008)
  • Venus Boyz (2002)
  • Paris Is Burning (1990)*
  • Yapping Out Loud: Contagious Thoughts from an Unrepentant Whore (2004)
  • Beautiful Boxer  (2004)
  • Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project (2008)
  • Georgie Girl (2001)
  • Inside Out, by Zohreh Shayesteh (2006)
  • Lola Und Bilidikid (Lola and Billy the Kid) (1999)
  • The Salt Mines, by Carlos Aparicio and Susana Aikin (1990)
  • Trappings of Transhood (1997)  
  • Woubi Chéri  (1998)

* It is recommended that Paris is Burning (1990) be taught in conjunction with bell hooks, “Is Paris Burning?” in Reel to Real: Race, Sex and Class at the Movies (1996).

The list of following films can all be found at the Reelout lending library and the words in brackets are the themes the films touch on:


  • Transamerica- Trans
  • XXY- Intersex
  • We Are the Mods- gender diversity
  • Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert- gender diversity
  • StoneWall - gender diversity
  • Hedwig & The Angry Inch- Trans
  • To Wong Foo Thanks for the Memories Julie Newmar- gender diversity
  • Sordid Lives- gender diversity
  • Kinky Boots- gender diversity
  • Girls Will Be Girls- gender diversity
  • Butch Jamie- gender diversity
  • Wild Side- Trans
  • Stranger Inside- Trans race class
  • Myra  Breckinridge- Trans
  • Orlando- gender diversity
  • Queen Christina- gender diversity
  • By Hook or by Crook- Trans/Gender Diversity/Class
  • Lexie Cannes- Trans/Class
  • Ma Vie En Rose- Trans/gender diversity/youth
  • Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh- Trans/race/class
  • Dirty Sexy Money (Season One box set TV)- one of the few examples of a trans character on network television.
  • Outrageous!- gender diversity- Canadian
  • M Butterfly- gender diversity- Canadian (although set in China)
  • Starbooty- Trans/gender diversity/class/race
  • The Last Summer of La Boyita- intersex-youth
  • Open- gender diversity
  • To Die Like a Man- Trans

Features (documentary)

  • Cruel & Unusual- trans/class/race (Prison System)
  • Erik(A)- trans (sports)
  • Paris is Burning- trans/race/class
  • She's A Boy I knew- trans/Canadian
  • TransGeneration- documentary tv series geared to college students
  • Two Spirits- trans/two-spirit/class/race
  • WigStock- gender diversity

Performance artist/musician M Lamar (Black queer genderqueer MAAB person; primarily
does challenging vocal and piano performances about the trans-Atlantic slave trade and perceptions of Black sexuality)

Nina Arsenault's IdeaCity talk (available on YouTube)

Trans Studies Research Guide

In QCAT, the Library catalogue, perform a subject heading search using the following terms and phrases: Transgender people. Transgenderism, Transsexuals, Transsexualism, Gender Identity

For articles, search 'Gender Studies' in the Queen's Library Catalogue or browse the list of newspaper databases. To go beyond the scope of Queen’s Library, search

Gender Studies in the Community
"Men Who Like Feminisim"

This new campus group is affiliated with the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre and welcomes all who want to start thinking critically about masculinity, identify as masculine, because of or regardless of gender, and want to learn more about feminism and healthy masculinity.
For more information:

TransFamily Kingston

TransFamily Kingston is a group of transgender individuals and their family members and supporters in Kingston, Ontario. We have found that it can be very helpful to connect with other people who are on the same journey, either as a transgender person, or as a parent, sibling, spouse, child or friend of a trans person. This is not a professionally-run support group. It is a grassroots social network that seeks primarily to combat the loneliness and isolation often felt by trans people and those journeying with them.
For more information:

Other Alternate Histories of Kingston - Stones Project

Kingston’s nickname, “the Limestone City,” is a reference to the limestone buildings and bedrock upon which the city is built. The name “Stones” incorporates this element in addition to the idea that, as with stones themselves, communities and societies are only as strong as their individual parts. Stones, therefore, refers to the various cultural communities and human elements that form the foundations of Kingston.

Campus Resources

Campus Services
Academic Support Services

Arts and Sciences Advising Appointments

The Faculty of Arts and Science offers regularly scheduled walk-in hours called “Intake” advising.  Intake appointments may be booked on the day of the appointment.  We do not prebook Intake appointments.  You may book an Intake appointment by visiting our office or by calling us at 613-533-2470. Please note that during our peak periods our advising slots fill up very quickly so we advise that you call or drop by our office when we open at 8:30 am to schedule an intake appointment for that day.

Student Academic Success Services (SASS)

Student Academic Success Services comprises Learning Strategies and the Writing Centre which offer academic support to  students who wish to develop their skills in critical thinking, reading, learning, studying, writing, and self-management.

Student Services
Dunning Hall, Main Floor,
Phone: 613-533-2470
Office Hours: Mon to Fri, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

The Ban Righ Centre

The Ban Righ Centre is a safe, welcoming meeting place and drop-in resource centre. We assist women of all ages, especially those who are returning to university after a time away, to continue formal or informal education in an atmosphere where you will meet others with similar experiences and concerns with informed, supportive staff.

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Four Directions Aboriginal Students Centre seeks to enhance the development and well-being of the Queen's University Aboriginal Community. Four Directions welcomes and encourages all students to develop an awareness and appreciation of the Aboriginal experience in Canada. In keeping with the teachings of the Four Directions, The Centre strives to support individual Aboriginal Students in balancing their academic, spiritual, physical, and emotional needs.

Name Change Resources

See the Registrar's Student Names Policy, section 3 of the pull-down menu.

Queen's Library

Queen’s has six libraries on campus and countless other ways to access the information  including online journals, databases and e-books

Queen's Learning Commons

The Queen's Learning Commons is a hub of services supporting formal academic programs, and a meeting place in Stauffer Library. Faculty and teaching assistants can request course-specific instruction for their students in research, writing, learning, and technical skills. Together, the four partners - the Adaptive Technology Centre, IT Services, Student Academic Success Services: The Writing Centre and Learning Strategies, and Queen's Library  - provide a welcoming and inclusive setting where students create their own lively and ever-changing space for learning.

Student Health, Wellness and Safety Services
Campus Accessibility Guide
Access Champions

Access Champions are volunteers who work to support equitable access to services and space at Queen's University. The service is available to anyone, including community members, who experiences challengers or barriers on Queen's Campus.

Campus Security
Queen's Student Wellness Services

Student Wellness Services supports the personal, academic, and social development of students at Queen's University by providing a range of programs and services. Their mission is to provide a welcoming, confidential, and integrated service that is responsive to the needs of students.

Graduate Peer Support Centre

The Graduate Peer Support Centre is a group of student volunteers who provide a confidential and welcoming peer-based support to Graduate and Professional students at Queen’s University. The Centre adheres to a peer support model; the philosophy behind this model is that for some individuals, and for some areas of individual concern, the assistance provided by a peer will be the most effective form of support. The peer volunteers are trained in active listening, suicide intervention, and are well-versed in resource referral to suit the diverse needs of Graduate and Professional students. This model is founded on: self-determination and equality, mutuality and empathy and active listening skills. The centre is located in JDUC Room 205 and is operational as a drop-in service during the following hours: Monday 9am-1pm; Tuesday 1pm-5pm; Wednesday 5pm-9pm, and Thursday 1pm-5pm.


The Walk Home Service is an escort service for students provided by the Alma Mater Society. Staffed by students who will walk you from one point to another within Walk Home's boundaries, Walk Home is open between dusk and 2 or 3 am. A team of one male and one female will walk or bike with you to your destination. Stop by the Infobank or call 533-9255 (533-WALK).

Social Justice and Equity Groups

EQuiP is a Queen’s student group that is dedicated to lobbying for LGBTQ rights as well as working to inform and educate the Queen’s and Kingston communities on queer issues. Throughout the academic year, EQuiP organizes social and political events with the goal of raising awareness of queer issues as well as providing a friendly environment for queer and queer-positive students, faculty, staff and alumni to gather and socialize.

Equity Office
Human Rights Office
Levana Gender Advocacy Centre
No Big Deal Campaign

The No Big Deal (NBD) Campaign is a positive and affirming response to the recent conflict around transgender peoples’ pronouns, including gender-neutral ones like singular they/them and ze/hir (instead of she/her or he/him).

Using someone’s gender pronoun is an easy way to show your support for everyone’s right to live safely and well in their gender identity. It can make a world of difference when the correct pronoun is used, and when others begin to catch their own mistakes, say sorry, and just move on. Another way to support users is to indicate your own pronoun preference (whether you are transgender or no, as we all have a preference).

OPIRG Kingston

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Kingston is dedicated to research, education, and action in the public interest. It is predominantly student-funded and student-run, but strives to maintain a balance of support and direction from the wider Kingston community. OPIRG Kingston exists to serve as a training ground for concerned citizens to recognize and engage the problems of society. OPIRG has been in Kingston since 1992. The PIRG movement started in the 1970s and has spread to over 200 PIRGs across North America. PIRGs are democratic, independent, non-partisan, non-profit, and non-governmental organizations.

Positive Space Program

A Positive Space program brings visibility and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans individuals. A Positive Space indicator (sticker) on an office door, workspace, or living space identifies the occupant as accepting and being supportive of these communities. Participants in the program answer questions, provide assistance, suggest resources, and refer individuals to appropriate offices and services. Positive Space campaigns have been established at other universities (University of Toronto, University of Calgary, and York University). Three groups sponsor the Queen's program: OPIRG Kingston, the Human Rights Office, and the Education on Queer Issues Project (EQUIP).

Principal's Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion (PICRDI)

Final Report: Principal's Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion (PDF, 4.7MB)

Past Reports on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion can also be found on the PICRDI site.

Queen's Feminist Review

Queen's University's only feminist-minded and -inspired annual literary review.

Arts and Cultural Groups

Nightwood Theatre (Toronto, ON) - one of Canada's few feminist theatre venues.

The Department of Gender Studies has an institutional membership for the Reelout Lending Library.