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.

In addition to this most articles have one or more labels at the bottom. Click one to go to similar persons. There is a full list of labels at the bottom of the right-hand sidebar. There is also a search box at the top left. Enjoy exploring!

Media Index


Complete Books Online  - books that you may download

The Androgyne: Reconciliation of Male and Female (Zolla)
The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: From Ace to Ze (Holleb)
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)
Hermaphoditus: The Human Intersex. (Cawadias)
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)
The Original Harry Benjamin Syndrome Book (Goiar)
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)
"Satire 5 - Ingling Pyander” in MicroCynicon: Six Snarling Satires. 1599 (Middleton)

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
Masculine Women Feminine Men, 1926
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones
My Human Gets me Blues 

Music Genres

Glam & Punk

'A Gang of Trannies':  Gender Discourse and Punk Culture  (Namaste)

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



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


Adrian Angelico 
Giorgia O'Brien


Calenna Garbä 


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
Morgan Holleb
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
Two photos of the Australian army in the 1940s
WorldPride in Toronto, Trans March 27/06/14 

Andy Warhol / Luciano Anselmino Ladies and Gentlemen Project    More
Casa Susanna    More 
San Quentin Timeline 




Bet Power  (took over New Alexandria Lesbian Library, made it Sexual Minorities Archives)
Dallas Denny (1993 founded US National Transgender Archive and Library, now part of the Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan)
Georgina Somerset (missing)
Jeanne Hoff (The Kinsey Institute)
Judy Cousins (SHAFT made the foundation donation to the Trans-gender Archive)
Leah Cahan Schaefer  & Connie Wheeler (The Harry Benjamin Archives)
Lee Brewster (donation to Wollman Archives of Transgender History and Culture)
Leo Wollman (primary donation to Wollman Archives of Transgender History and Culture)
Louise Lawrence (Louise Lawrence Collection in the Kinsey Institute)
Mary Edwards Walker
Michelle De Ville  (personal archives used by Vivian Namaste)
Peter Farrer  (now in the National Museums Liverpool)
Rachael  Webb (a major donation to the Trans-gender Archive)
Richard Ekins (founder 1986 of pioneering Trans-gender Archive, but never inventoried the collection.  2012 it was taken over by the University of Victoria Library Transgender Archives)
Rikki Swin (Rikki Swin Institute archives, now part of the University of Victoria Library Transgender Archives)
Rusty Mae Moore (custodian of Wollman Archives of Transgender History and Culture)
Victoria Fernandez
Walter L Williams (got the University of Southern California to provide space for the ONE Gay and Lesbian Archive)


Richard Green (founding editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior)

Contributions towards a Bibliography of Gender Variance

Almost unobtainable biographies
Canadian biographies
French/Belgian biographies
Hoax Biographies
Biographies with the pre-transition name in the title

Advice Manuals I: 1957-1979 
Advice Manuals II: 1980-2000
Advice Manuals III: 2001-2017

Non-Fiction Books on other topics by trans authors
More non-fiction books by trans writers


Non-fiction Writers
Passing Women, 1800-1950.
A partial list of trans women (and one man) playing trans in the movies.
Three Centuries of Police Raids

Persons who changed things by example and/or achievement

20 in the US
12 in Canada
20 Americans in Europe
18 in Italy
20 in Germany/Austria/Switzerland
27 in France/French Belgium/French Africa
9 in Netherlands/Flanders
26 in Scandinavia
23 in Brazil/Angola/Portugal
31 in Spain/Spanish America
26 Latinas in the US
24 in Wales/Ireland/Scotland
20 in London
29 in rest of England 
30 in Eastern Europe
20 in west Asia
40 in Australia
13 in New Zealand/Aotearoa
11 in Thailand
7 in North Africa

Transgendered Mayors
The UK Honours system
IOS Pink List 2013
IOS Rainbow List 2014
IOS Rainbow List 2015
The Financial Times list of LGBT executives
WalesOnline 1st Pinc List 

Time Slices

World War II - part i   (UK, France, Germany)
World War II - part ii  (other countries)
World War II - part iii  (USA)
New York City in the 1960s
East New Jersey in the 1960s
1969 – a year of much activity

Some Events of the year 2008

Some Events of the year 2009:
Part 1: legal etc
Part 2: Persons
Part 3: Book and the Arts

Some Events of the year 2010:
Part 1: Organizations, legislation, litigation, political parties.
Part 2: Persons
Part 3: Internet, Sports, Medicine, Celebrities, Deaths
Part 4: Visual media
Part 5: News Media, Journals
Part 6: Books

Some Events of the year 2011:
Part 1:  Organizations, Legislation, litigation.
Part 2:  Persons.
Part 3:  Spouses and Family, Trans Kids, Political, Celebrities, Sports.
Part 4:  Nemeses, Internet.
Part 5:  Doctors, Medicine, Genetics.
Part 6:  Deaths
Part 7:  Art, Fashion, Music
Part 8:  Theatre & Cinema
Part 9:  News Media, Journals
Part 10:  Books.

Some events of the year 2012
2012 and other things
Part 1: Organizations, Equal marriage,
Part 2: Other Legislation.
Part 3: Persons,
Part 4: Spouses, Family, Kids,
Part 5: Political, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals.
Part 6: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
Part 7: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Obituaries
Part 8: Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music, Dance & Performance,
Part 9: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts,Theatre, Cinema
Part 10: Jargon, News Media, Journal Articles,
Part 11: Bookshops, Archives, Books.

Some Events of the year 2013
2013 and other stuff
Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
Part 2: Persons.
Part 3: Spouses, lovers and Family, Trans Kids.
Part 4: Political, Celebrities, Sports.
Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Imprisonment,Nemeses, Internet.
Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Obituaries.
Part 7: Dress Reform, Cis Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Performance.
Part 8: Art, Television & Radio, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema.
Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Journal.
Part 10: Archives, Books.

Some Events of the year 2014
2014 and other things: comments
Part 1: Organizations & Activists, Equal marriage, Other Legislation.
Part 2: Persons,
Part 3: Marriage, Lovers and Family, Trans & Intersex Kids.
Part 4: Politics & Government, Celebrities, Sports, Festivals,
Part 5: Schools, Universities & Colleges, Cops & Military, Imprisonment, Homeless Shelters, Nemeses.
Part 6: Doctors & Sexologists, Medicine, Genetics, Legal, Deaths
Part 7: Dress Reform, Homeogender Surgeries, Fashion, Beauty Pageants, Music & Performance,
Part 8: Internet, Art, Radio, Television, Adverts, Theatre, Cinema
Part 9: Jargon, News Media, Theses & Studies,
Part 10: Archives, Books.

Some Events of the year 2015
2015 and other things: comments
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.





History of TAO: Part 1: to 1971, USAF, music, GLF 
History of TAO: Part2: TAO in Miami Beach
History of TAO: Part 3: aftermath
Atlanta-Savannah - Part I: 1539-1980
Atlanta-Savannah - Part II: 1981-now
Transgender Surgery - Part I: 1906-1965
Transgender Surgery - Part I: 1966-1975
Seattle-Portland-Spokane - Part I: to the closure of The Garden of Allah, 1956
Seattle-Portland-Spokane - Part II: to the Buckwater & Kotala decisions 1996
Seattle-Portland-Spokane - Part III: to now
A Chronology of trans persons in modelling and fashion - Part I: to 2000
A Chronology of trans persons in modelling and fashion - Part II:  21st century
Trans London in the 1960s: Part I: 1960-3
Trans London in the 1960s: Part II: 1964-7
Trans London in the 1960s: Part III: 1968-1970
Trans London in the 1960s: Part IV: Ruminations
Trans Scotland: Part I - to the Wolfenden Report
Trans Scotland: Part II - to the Gender Recognition Act
Trans Scotland: Part III - after the GRA
Trans Magyar/Hungary - Part I: to WWII
Trans Magyar/Hungary - Part II: WWII to now



Berlin 1898
Body Modification
Butch/FTM distinction
Drag Queenery on the Road to Womanhood 
The erasure of female transvestites
The Ebb and Flow of Social Constructions

How not to count Trans People
Idaho again

Port Authority Ladies' Room
Some musings on this and that
US Post Office, censorship, sex and gender 

The Woman who lost her Gender

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