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23 December 2015

Some Events of 2015: Part 10: Archives & History, Books

Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
Part 2: Persons, Changebacks
Part 3: Marriage, Lovers and Family, Trans Kids
Part 4: Politics & Government, Celebrities, Sports
Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Military, Cops & Firefighters, Conviction & Imprisonment, Homeless Shelters, US TSA, Nemeses
Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Deaths
Part 7: Autogynephilia, Drag, Butch, Dress Reform, Homeogender Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music & Performance
Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Pornography, Theatre, Cinema
Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Journal Articles & Studies
Part 10: Archives & History, Books.

Archives & History

Chicago-based Tawani Foundation has awarded a multi-year grant to the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries for the purpose of documenting the historic and contemporary experience of transgender individuals in the Upper Midwest.

Trans historian André Pérez discussed his work as founder of the Trans Oral History Project (TOHP).

Philadelphia, the Defiant Archives exhibit, which highlights trans Philadelphia history and activism, opened at William Way Community Center in late July, and later was transferred to a huge, new prominent venue: outside the mayor’s office at Philadelphia City Hall.


Notable in A Gender Variance Who's Who in 2015:

Toni Ebel, previously ignored but who along with Dörchen Richter and Charlotte Charlaque, was one of the world's first successful surgical transsexuals. Toni survived the Nazi period in Czechoslovakia and became a noted artist in East Germany. First account in English.

Lili Ilse Elvenes, known as Lili Elbe. Part I, Part II, Part III. The GVWW article is the first in English to incorporate findings from the writings of Rainer Herrn and Sabine Mayer. Much closer to the truth than the film currently in release, based not on the 1933 book by Neils Hoyer but on a recent novelization that altered major details.

After news articles about India's 'first' trans mayor, an article on 4 trans mayors in India.

The only article in English on the prominent Mexican musician, Felicia Garza.

An article on Richard Mühsam, the German surgeon who attempted transgender surgeries 1912 – 1924.

An expanded account of Georgina Somerset, Part I, Part II and a discussion of the typology in her 1963 book, the very first book about transsexuals.

An account of Jack Judith Halberstam and his books. Part I, Part II.

An article on Walter Sholto Douglas, the trans-man novelist who was a friend of Mary Shelley in the 1820s.

The only easily available article on Madeleine Pelletier, pioneer woman doctor and male-dresser, who was probably trans, but the concepts were not available. Part I, Part II.

The only article in English on Anton Prinner, Hungarian artist in France.

Article on Sandra MacRae, the first trans political candidate in the UK.

Was Barbara Dayton the sky-jacker, DB Cooper? Part I, Part II.

Revised and expanded feature on World War II. Part I, Part II, Part III.

Francis Bacon, the painter.

Violette Morris, outstanding sports person, executed by the Résistance. Part I, Part II. The only account in English to use the material in Marie-Josèphe Bonnet's biography.

The only account on the web of Robert Allen, pioneer who transitioned in 1944. First out trans person to work in the movies.

Viktor Kalnberz, Latvian surgeon.

Angela Douglas, Canary Conn and the Transsexual Action Organization. Part I, Part II, Part III.

Joe Carstairs, plutocrat boat racer and lord of a Bahamian island. Part I, Part II, Part III. First account to consider Joe as trans.

Who was Bunny Eisenhower?

Solange Dymenzstein, Berlin performer.

Jayne County, singer, performer. Part I, Part II, Part III.

Toupie Lowther, outstanding sports person, real-life model for The Well of Loneliness. Part I, Part II.

Revised and expanded Sports, Gender and Trans. Part I, Part II, Part III.

Bebe Scarpinato, active in both Queens Liberation Front and STAR.

Aaïcha Bergamin, pioneer Dutch trans woman.

Le Carrousel and Madame Arthur. Part I, Part II, Part III.



$£¥ €=Excessively overpriced books.
  • Felix Conrad. Autogynephilia - Everyman's Guide to Autogynephilia, Crossdreaming and Late Onset Transsexualism. Lulu, 2015.
  • Lucas Crawford. Transgender Architectonics: The Shape of Change in Modernist Space. Ashgate, 2015. Combining transgender studies with the ‘neomodernist’ architectures of the internationally renowned firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and with modernist writers (Samuel Beckett and Virginia Woolf) whose work anticipates that of transgender studies, this book challenges the implicit ‘spatial models’ of popular narratives of transgender - interiority, ownership, sovereignty, structure, stability, and domesticity - to advance a novel theorization of transgender as a matter of exteriority, groundlessness, ornamentation, and movement. Webpage
  • Jim Daems (ed). The Makeup of Rupaul's Drag Race: Essays on the Queen of Reality Shows. McFarland, 2014.
  • Terry Goldie. The Man Who Invented Gender: Engaging the Ideas of John Money. UBC Press, 2014. Chapter 1. Goldie read most of what Money wrote, and presents a balanced report of his insights and his msitakes.
  • $£¥ € Oran Goslan. Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning: A Lacanian approach. Routledge, 2014.
  • Eli R Green & Luca Maurer. The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator's Guide To Increasing Knowledge, Reducing Prejudice & Building Skills. 2015
  • Tiffany Jones. Female-To-Male (FtM) Transgender People's Experiences in Australia: A National Study. Springer International, 2015. 1st few pages. Webpage
  • Evelyn Kleinert. Identitätserleben bei transsexuellen Menschen: Zwei narrative Interviews und ihre identitätstheoretische Interpretation. (Transsexuals' Experience of their Identity: Two narrative Interviews and their Theoretical Interpetation) Diplomica Verlag, 2015. Amazon
  • Jack Molay. A Creative Crossdreamer Vocabulary. Blurb, 2015. Webpage
  • Leila J Rupp & Susan K Freeman. Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History. University of Wisconsin Press, 2014.
  • Yi Sakurazawa. Transgendered People of India: Forsaken Tributaries (Hijra,the Third Gender). Kindle, 2015.
  • Clare Sears,. Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco. Duke University Press, 2015. Newsarticle.
  • Deanne Thornton & Andrea James (eds) Letters for My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect. Transgress Press, 2015.
  • Jackson Wright Shultz (ed). Trans/Portraits: Voices from Transgender Communities. Dartmouth, 2015.
  • QWEIN/WASt. ZU SPÄT?: Dimensionen des Gedenkens an homosexuelle und transgender Opfer des Nationalsozialismus. (TOO LATE ?: dimensions of the commemoration of homosexual and transgender victims of National Socialism ) Zaglossus, 2015. Amazon


  • Adrien Bail. Homosexuels et transgenres, chercheurs de Dieu. (Homosexual and transgender, searching for God) Nouvelle Cité, 2015. Facebook

Legal & Imprisonment

  • Joanne Borden. Identical Treatment in The Machine of the Law: the quest for transgender civil rights. Kindle, 2015.
  • Gabriele Celli. La gestione del detenuto transgender. Youcanprint, 2014. About the transgender prison in Rimini.
  • M Dru Levasseur. Gender Identity Defines Sex: Updating The Law to Reflect Modern Medical Science is Key To Transgender Rights. 39 Vermont. Law Rev, 39, 2015: 943-1004. PDF
  • $£¥ € Jans M Scherpe (ed). The Legal Status of Transsexual and Transgender Persons. Interentia, 2016.
  • Kristin Schreier Lyseggen. The Women of San Quentin - Soul Murder of Transgender Women in Male Prisons. BCH Fulfillment & Distribution, 2015. Newsarticle
  • Jami Kathleen Taylor & Donald P Haider-Markel (eds). Transgender Rights and Politics: Groups, Issue Framing, and Policy Adoption. University of Michigan Press, 2015.

Health and Medical

  • $£¥ € Tommy Dickinson. 'Curing Queers': Mental nurses and their patients: 1935-74. Nursing History and Humanities, 2015. 2 of the patients interviewed later transitioned. Review
  • Randi Ettner, Stan Monstrey & A Evan Eyler. Principles of Transgender Medicine and Surgery. Routledge, 2015.
  • Arnold Hendrix. Hormone Replacement Therapy: The Truth About HRT: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Hormone Replacement For Women And Men. CreateSpace, 2015.
  • Sandra Mesics. Clinical Care of the Transgender Patient. Kindle, 2015.
  • Michelle Serena. Gender Dysphoria: Understanding the Symptoms and Treating Gender Dysphoria. CreateSpace, 2015.


  • Anna Kendrick. Transgender: the guy inside. Kindle, 2015.
  • Eleanor Nye. Sex Change - Male to Female: An Essential Guide for Understanding the Process of Gender Reassignment Surgery & Getting to Know the New You. Kindle, 2015.
  • Eleanor Nye. Sex Change - Female to Male: An Essential Guide for Understanding the Process of Gender Reassignment Surgery & Getting to Know the New You. Kindle, 2015.
  • Eleanor Nye. Gender Dysphoria: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Dealing With Gender Identity Disorder. Kindle, 2015.
  • Rylan Jay Testa, Deborah Coolhart, Jayme Peta &Arlene Istar Lev. The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity. Instant Help, 2015.
  • Claudia Valsecchi. I Fiori della Transizione - Fiori di Bach per il Percorso Transgender. Kindle, 2014.
  • TGEU. Know Your Rights!: Activist’s Guide on Trans People’s Rights under EU Law. 2015 PDF
  • TGEU. Know Your Rights!: Guide on Trans People’s Rights under EU Law. 2015 PDF


  • Alice Dreger. Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. Penguin Press, 2015. Includes her defence, again, of Michael Bailey. Review Review
  • Denise Shick. Understanding Gender Confusion: A Faith Based Perspective. CreateSpace, 2014.
  • Denise Shick. When Hope Seems Lost. CreateSpace, 2015. Shick is founder of a ministry, Help 4 Familes, and author of My Daddy's Secret about growing up in the 1970s with a closet trans father. Newsarticle.



  • Abigail Austen (previously Jan Hamilton) . Lord Roberts Valet: Afghanistan. Kandahar. War. CreateSpace, 2015. Newsarticle
  • Candy Darling. Candy Darling: Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar. Open Road Media, 2015.
  • Zoe Dolan. There Is Room for You: Tales from a Transgender Defender's Heart. AM, 2015.
  • Maxim Februari. The Making of a Man. Reaktion, 2015.
  • Big Freedia with Nicole Balin. God Save the Queen Diva. Gallery Books, 2015. Newsarticle The queen of Bounce music.
  • Joe Holliday with Louise Chapman. She's a Boy. Thistle Publishing, 2015. Born without a penis, raised as a girl, now reclaimed his masculinity. Newsarticle
  • Juliet Jacques. Trans: A Memoir. VersoBooks, 2015. NewsArticle
  • Alex Jones. I am the boy that was born a girl - A story of a transgender male. CreateSpace, 2015.
  • Stephen Kane. Is She a Boy, Is He a Girl? The Kyra Story. CreateSpace, 2013.
  • Ryan Kennedy & Hazel Edwards. F2M: The Boy Within. ReadHowYouWant, 2012.
  • Kellie Maloney. Frankly Kellie: Becoming a Woman in a Man's World. Blink Publishing, 2015. Newsarticle
  • Thomas Page McBee. Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man. City Lights, 2014. Review
  • Rory O'Neill. Woman in the Making: Panti's Memoir. Hatchete Books, 2015. Review
  • Patricia Ribeiro. Ontem Homem, Hoje Mulher. Chiado Editira, 2015. Newsarticle
  • Lucia Richardson. Lucia: The life of a Transgender Person. Lulu, 2015.
  • Yiscah Smith. Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living. Wooded Isle Press, 2014. Newsarticle
  • Stana. Fantasia Fair Diaries. CreateSpace, 2015.
  • Laxmi Narayan Tripathi. Me Hijra Me Laxmi. Oxford University Press, 2015. Newsarticle
  • Kiara Zindilis. I Am Who I Am: One woman's transsexual journey. Kindle, 2015


  • Jane Baker, with and Afterword by Sarah Ann Baker. Trading Places: When Our Son Became a Daughter. Braefield Press, 2014. Newsarticle
  • Darlene K Bogle. Snapshots of History Volume 2: Courageous Voices of the Rainbow Tribe. CreateSapce, 2015. Includes 4 biographical essays about trans persons.
  • Jamie Brisick. Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina. Outpost 19, 2015. Review
  • Liz Hodgkinson. From a Girl to a Man: How Laura Became Michael. Quartet Books, 2015. A reissue with a revised title of Hodgkinson's classic account of Michael Dillon. Channel 4
  • Sabine Meyer. 'Wie Lili zu einem richtigen Mädchen wurde': Lili Elbe: Zur Konstruktion von Geschlecht und Identität zwischen Medialisierung, Regulierung und Subjektivierung. Transcript, 2015. WebPage Amazon
  • Paige Schilt. Queer Rock Love: A Family Memoir. Transgress Press, 2015. Newsarticle Her wife is musician Katy Koonce.
  • Angela Steidele. Rosenstengel: Ein Manuskript aus dem Umfeld Ludwigs II. Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2015. Anastasius Rosenstengel is referred to in some books by his pre-transition name of Catharina Linck. WebPage

GLB history

  • Douglas M. Charles. Hoover’s War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s “Sex Deviates” Program. University Press of Kansas, 2015. OutHistory Review
  • Phillip Crawford Jr. The Mafia and the Gays. CreateSpace, 2015. Webpage
  • Giovanni Dall'Orto. Tutta un'altra storia. L'omosessualità dall'antichità al secondo dopoguerra. Il Saggiatore, 2015. Newsarticle Amazon
  • Lillian Faderman. The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle. Simon & Shuster, 2015 Review
  • C Winter Han. Geisha of a Different Kind: Race and Sexuality in Gaysian America. NYU Press, 2015. WebPage
  • Peter Scott-Presland. Amiable Warriors: A Space to Breathe, 1954 - 1973 1: A History of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and its Times. Paradise Press, 2015. Webpage Review Review


Trace Peterson, to pioneer a course in transgender poetry.
  • H Melt. The Plural, The Blurring. Red Beard Press, 2015 WebPage Review
  • TC Tolbert & Trace Peterson (eds). Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Nightboat Books, 2013. Webpage Review


  • Sarah Wong. Inside Out: Portraits of Cross-gender Children. W Books, 2012. Newsarticle.


YA author Heather Brewer, best known for two successful vampire series The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and The Slayer Chronicles, announced that he is trans, and his name is Zac Brewer.

YA author James Dawson, author of Hollow Pike, Say Her Name and This Book Is Gay, has started transition, but for the moment should still be referenced by male pronouns.
  • Ryan Kennedy & Hazel Edwards. F2M: The Boy Within. ReadHowYouWant, 2012. Newsarticle. Popular author Edwards wrote this YA novel with Kennedy who did transition.
  • Jessica Walton with illustrations by Dougal MacPherson. Introducing Teddy. Bloomsbury, 2016. Newsarticle.
  • Lee Geiger. Pearls of Asia. The Writer's Coffee Shop, 2014. Review Amazon
  • Roz Kaveney. Tiny Pieces of Skull. Team Angelica, 2015. Now available 27 years late. Review Amazon
  • Casey Plett. A Safe Girl to Love. Topside Press, 2014. Review Amazon


    Announced for next year:

  • Abigail Austen. Sticks and Stones. 2016.
  • $£¥ € Michel J Boucher. Transgender Representation and the Politics of the Real in the United States. Routledge, February 2016.
  • Michael Brownstein. Medical Maverick: 35 Years of Transgender Surgery. Transgress Press. 2016
  • $£¥ € Simone Chess. Male to Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature. Routledge, February 2016.
  • Diane Ehrensaft. The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes. The Experiment, 2016.
  • Donna Gee. Why Is My Dad Not Answering Her Phone? CreateSpace, 2015. Preview
  • $£¥ € Aoife Assumpta Hart. Ancestral Recall: The Celtic Revival and Japanese Modernism. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.
  • Lee Harrington. Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities. Mystic Productions, May 2016.
  • Makie Hoolboom & Chase Joynt. You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death, and Transition. Coach House Books, April 2016.
  • Ally Windsor Howell. This is Who We Are: A Guide to Transgenderism and the Laws Affecting Transgender Persons. Ankerwycke, March 2016.
  • Ally Windsor Howell. Transgender Persons and the Law 2nd Edition. American Bar Association, May 2016.
  • Transcender Lee. Woman Incognito: Transsexual Without Transition. Transcender Lee, January 2016.
  • CN Lester. Trans Like Me: A Journey for All of Us. Virago, 2016.
  • Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel & Sarah Tobias (eds) Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities. Rutgers University Press, 2016.
  • Andrea Pelleschi. Transgender Rights and Issues. Essential Library, January 2016.
  • A Revathi & Nandini Murali. Revathi: A Life in Trans Activism. Zubaan Books, July 2016.
  • Liz Roberts & Alison Mau. First Lady: From Boyhood to Womanhood: The Incredible Story of New Zealand’s Sex-Change Pioneer Liz Roberts. Upstart Press, May 2016.
  • Bruce D Smith. Yours in Liberation: The Queer Life of Trans Pioneer Lou Sullivan. Transgress Press.
  • $£¥ € Jemma Tosh. Psychology and Gender Dysphoria: Feminist and Transgender Perspectives. Routledge, March 2016.
  • Veronica Vera. Miss Vera's Cross Gender Fun for All. Greenery Press, April 2016.
  • Clayton J Whisnant. Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945. Harrington Park Press, 2016.
  • Hillary Whittington. Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached. William Morrow Paperbacks, February 2016.

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