This site is the most comprehensive on the web devoted to trans history and biography. Well over 1400 persons worthy of note, both famous and obscure, are discussed in detail, and many more are mentioned in passing.

There is a detailed Index arranged by vocation, doctor, activist group etc. There is also a Place Index arranged by City etc. This is still evolving.

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Index of Books & the Arts


Complete Books Online  - books that you may download

The Androgyne: Reconciliation of Male and Female (Zolla)
Because I have a Voice: Queer Politics in India
Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson (Lachman)
Bodyshock: The Truth About Changing Sex (Hodgkinson)
Cannibalism and the Common Law (Simpson)
Un Captif amoureux  (Genet)
Clinical Management of Gender Identity Disorders in Children and Adults (Blanchard & Steiner)
A Creative Crossdreamer Vocabulary: Reflections on Transgender (Molay)
Crossing Sexual Boundaries (Bullough & Kane-Demaios)
Cross Dressing, Sex, and Gender (Bullough & Bullough)
La Discriminación y el Estado de Apartheid (Portatadino)
Dressing Up (Ackroyd)
The Encyclopedia of Amazons: Women Warriors from Antiquity to the Present Era (Salmonson)
The Encyclopedia of Homosexuality (Dynes)
The Encyclopedia of Sexual Knowledge (Koestler, ed Haire)
Famous Imposters (Stoker)
From Man to Woman: The Transgender Journey of Virginia Prince (Docter)
Gay American History (Katz)
Gay Berlin (Beachy)
Gay/Lesbian Almanac (Katz)
Gender Dysphoria: Development, Research, Management more (Steiner)
Gendered Self: Further Commentary on the Transsexual Phenomenon (Vitale)
GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary. (Nestle, Howell & Wilchins)
Gender Reversals and Gender Cultures: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives (Ramet)
Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics Of Radical Feminism (Daly)
Hermaphroditismus beim Menschen (Neugebauer)
Homosexuality, a History (Bullough)
Homosexuality: A Research Guide (Dynes)
In the Closet with Eddie Murphy (Watkins)
In Search of Stonewall: The Riots at 50, The Gay & Lesbian Review at at 25, Best Essays 1994-2018 (Schneider)
Invisible Lives more (Namaste)
Looking for Little Egypt (Donna Carlton)
Love, a Treatise on the Science of Sex-Attraction: For the Use of Physicians and Students of Medical Jurisprudence (Talmey)
Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement (Dose)
Male Femaling (Ekins)
The Man Who Would be Queen (Bailey)
Men in Frocks (Kirk & Heath)
Michael nee Laura: The World's First Female to Male Transsexual (Hodgkinson)
The Misfits: A Study of Sexual Outsiders  (Wilson)
The No-Nonsense Guide to Sexual Diversity (Baird)
North American Lexicon of Transgender Terms (Usher)
Over the Sex Border (Somerset) more
The Psychobiology of Transsexualism and Transgenderism (Bevan)
Psychogenesis: The Early Development of Gender Identity (Moberly)
The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance and Musical Theater (Summers)
Queer City (Ackroyd)
A Queer History of the United States (Bronski)
Queers in History (Stern)
Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender (Wilchins)
Sex Change: The Achievement of Gender Identity Among Feminized Transsexuals (Kando)
Sexual Anomalies And Perversions  (Hirschfeld, ed Haire)
The Sexual Century (Person)
Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs (Ames)
The Socio-Medical Construction of Transsexualism (Billings & Urban)
The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture (Williams)
The Stonewall Reader (Baumann)
Towards a Recognition of Androgyny (Heilbrun)
The Transsexual Phenomenon (Benjamin)
The Trials of Masculinity (McLaren)
Trans Activism in Canada    (Irving & Raj)
Trans Toronto: An Oral History (Hill)
Transgender History (Stryker)
Transgender Warriors    (Feinberg)
The Transsexual Empire (Raymond)
What does ‘queer’ mean anyway? The Quick and Dirty Guide to LGBTQIA+ Vocabulary (Bartlett)


Clara Vaughn (Blackmore)
Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem (Ackroyd)
Dormitory Mates (Roberts)
The Extra Man (Ames)
The Female Husband (Fielding)
J'Inventais Ma Vie (Pruvot)
King Rat (Clavell)
Kyllenion - Ein Jahr in Arkadien (von Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg)
Le Locataire  (Topor)
The Letters of Wanda Tinasky (Hawkins)
Marie parce que c'est joli (Pruvot)
Meglio l’uovo oggi (Stajano)
Naked Came the Stranger (Ashe)
Notre Dame des Fleurs (Genet)
Psycho (Bloch)
Roma capovolta (Stajano)
Seafood (Roberts)
Season of the Witch (Stine)
Steppenwolf (Hesse)
Tales of the City   (Maupin)
The Undaunted (Hart)

Short Stories

Down the Road, Worlds Away (Khan)
The Entertaining Episode of the Article in Question (Sayers)


Bert Horgson (Weekly World News)
Doris Aversham (GLF)
The Girls of Radcliffe Hall (Berniers)
Baroness von Bulop (Beaton)
Naked Came the Stranger (Ashe)
Wanda Koolmatrie (Carmen)


Madame Sesostris (Huxley & Eliot)
Sonnet 20 (Shakespeare)

Films & Television

Trailers for 2009 films - part 1
Trailers for 2009 films - part 2
Trailers for 2010 films - part 1
Trailers for 2010 films - part 2
Trailers for 2010 films - part 3
The films of Candy Darling
The movies and videos of Divine
A partial list of trans women (and one man) playing trans in the movies.
All Good Things
America's Next Top Model
Big Brother 5
Born in the Wrong Body: A Change of Heart more
Cold Souls
The Crying Game
The Danish Girl more
La Dolce Vita
Earthlings Welcome Here (Sarah Connor Chronicles)
Eat the Rich
Eaux D'Artifice
The End of the World (Doctor Who)
The Goon Show more
Healthy, Wealth and Wise
In Einem Jahr mit 13 Monden
King Rat
Le Locataire
Let Me Die a Woman
Madame Satã
The Man Who Lived at the Ritz
The Magic Christian
Memory Run/Synapse
Miller's Crossing
Open Door, BBC2 4 June 1973.
Paddington Green
The Rose
Serp i Molot
Stonewall (1995, Finch)
Stonewall (2015, Emmerich)
Tales of the City
El Transexual
Ultimate Big Brother
Weapons of Mass Distraction


Argentina: Transgender rights bill campaign
The continuing evolution of the butch/ftm distinction
Indian trans women tell drivers to fasten their seat belts
Senior's home for Waria in Jakarta
Thai television asks if a kathoey can be a monk
The Zapotec trans culture


I Wish I Was a Girl x 3
I Wish I Were a Boy
Little Richard
Love is a Stranger
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones
My Human Gets me Blues 

Music Genres

Glam & Punk

'A Gang of Trannies':  Gender Discourse and Punk Culture  

82 Club

Al Pillay started out as a gender-bender punk in Spit Like Paint, although after his faux sex change, he became a disco singer in the 1990s.
Anderson Toone played keyboard in the postpunk group, The Bloods.
Benjamin Dickerson was a blues punk drag queen.
Claudia Wonder was in the punk band, Jardins das Delícias.
Chloe Dzubilo was in the punk band Transisters in the early 1980s.
Donna Lee Parsons wrote a punk fanzine and later was recording manager on Real Men Don’t Floss by The Young and the Useless, and Polly Wog Stew, by the Beastie Boys in the early 1980s.
Genesis P Orridge played punk and other genres while in Psychic TV in the early 1980s.
Jayne County
Lazlo Pearlman fronted punk bands bands Skinny Wiresand Jezebel's Kiss.
Lou Reed
Marie-France Garcia’s debut single was almost punk.
Max Valerio has worked with punk bands.
Stella Nova auditioned for the Sex Pistols in 1975, and then was in the Rich Kids with ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock.


1970s music part 2:  Disco

Al Pillay started out as a gender-bender punk in Spit Like Paint, although after his faux sex change, he became a disco singer in the 1990s.
Amanda Lear  was a disco star in the 1970s.
Brian Belovitch as Tish Gervais was a disco singer in the 1990s.
Cristina Ortiz Rodriguez  sang ‘Veneno pa tu piel’ in 1996.
Divine became a disco singer in the 1980s: “You think that you’re a man”
Eva Robin's as Cassandra recorded the classic, Disco Panther, 1977.
Romy Haag's singles in the late 1970s.
Sylvester James is best known for the disco classic "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)", 1978.

Blues, R&B & Jazz 

Anderson Toone
Delisa Newton
Frankie Jaxon
Gladys Bentley
Jackie Shane
Jennifer Leitham
Richard Ekins
Stormé DeLarverié
Sylvester James
Toby Dancer


Wilmer Broadnax



Deena Kaye Rose
Toby Dancer



Bellino  (opera singer)
Claudia (opera singer)
Dee Palmer
Felicitas Von Vestvali (singer)
Gareth Farr (percussion)
Giorgia O'Brien   (opera singer)
Jean Fredericks  (singer; trombone)
Kerstin Thieme  (composer, teacher)
Lisa Lee Dark (singer)
Luana Ricci   (piano)
Manuela Trasobares Haro  (opera singer)
Paula Grossman  (teacher)
Phynix  (piano, singer)
Sandra Clark  (Fench Horn)
Sara Davis Buechner  (piano)
Wendy Carlos (synthesizer)
Wilhelmina Tiemersma (organ)


Charlotte Bach's theory of evolution 

Did Magnus Hirschfeld coin the word 'Transvestite'
Drag Queenery on the Road to WomanHood
The ebb and flow of social constructions
The erasure of female transvestites
Georgina Turtle's typology of transvetists and transsexualists
Magnus Hirschfeld, Edward Wood and the coining of 'transsexual'
Mayhem: A legal concept
The Missing Word: 'Transvestity'
A Prolegomenon to a Typology of Cis Gender Variance
A rejoinder to Kay Brown's "What is a Transsexual"
Rejoinder to Kay Brown 2: the gynephilics
Some observations on the tranny word
TG, concepts and usages.
    Part 1: Introduction: the meanings of Transgender
Part 2: The early years: up to 1990.
Part 3: The full-blown usage after 1990
Part 4: The Myth that Transgender is a Princian Concept
Part 5: The Backlash    Part 6: Conclusions.
Virginia Prince: Jargon Terms and general comments
What is Autogynephilia
What is Gender Dysphoria?
the Word 'Androphilic'

Transgender Lexicons:

John Money  Part II
Raphael Carter
Raven Usher
Rose White 
Virginia Prince 


Recurring Untruths in Trans History:

Edward Hyde (Governor of New York & New Jersey)  Part II said to be transvestite
Hermann Göring (Reichsmarschall of the Third Reich) said to be transvestite
Hirschfeld as trans 
Marsha P Johnson's birthday
Transgender Surgery Untruths and Unknowns
Hirschfeld coined 'transvestite' 
Virginia Prince coined 'transgender' 
Photo of Oscar Wilde performing in drag

Photographs, Paintings, Cartoons

Barbarian Venus
Cape Town, 1950s.
Catherine Bruce, New York 1968
Crystal Palace Park Tearoom
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Evil Eye, 1916
Los Angeles 1946
Madame X
Le Monacle, 1932
Montmartre 1930
Nana, Paris 1960
New York Pickpocket 1941
Noel Coward & Gerald du Maurier
One Slow Evening at the Multiplex
The Other Paris
Simon Solomon
The Standish Hotel, Hull, Quebec, Halloween, 1950
Sydney 1942
Transvestite at her birthday party, N.Y.C. 1969
WorldPride in Toronto, Trans March 27/06/14 
Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

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