Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies
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"


TSQ - Transgender Studies Quarterly, which will began publication through Duke University Press in 2014


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)

Supporting Transgender and Transsexual Students in K-12 Schools, A Guide for Educators 

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 the topic in Gender Studies via this page

For newspaper articles, see our list of newspaper databases

To go beyond the scope of Queen’s Library, search