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Resources to Mark International Transgender Day of Visibility

April 9, 2021 3803

Each March 31 the world marks International Transgender Day of Visibility, an event that has been celebrated since 2009. That year, psychotherapist Rachel Crandall, dissatisfied with how her community was commemorated only in loss, started a low-key effort that paid almost immediate dividends. As she told PrideSource four years later:

“I went on Facebook and I was thinking…whenever I hear about our community, it seems to be from Remembrance Day which is always so negative because it’s about people who were killed,” Crandall, who heads up Transgender Michigan, recalled. “So one night I couldn’t sleep and I decided why don’t I try to do something about that.

“I thought, ‘why doesn’t someone do it?’ Then I thought, ‘Why isn’t that someone me?'”

The event resonated immediately, and by 2021 even saw a proclamation from U.S. President Joe Biden, who signed an executive order on his first day in office on “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.”

In a proclamation on the day that same year, the administration wrote:

Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people in the United States and around the world. Their trailblazing work has given countless transgender individuals the bravery to live openly and authentically. This hard-fought progress is also shaping an increasingly accepting world in which peers at school, teammates and coaches on the playing field, colleagues at work, and allies in every corner of society are standing in support and solidarity with the transgender community.

.Below are several resources that have appeared on Social Science Space centered on trans issues, including a webinar recording on the state of trans studies. Below that recording are external resources identified and curated by the webinar’s panelists.

Five Key Moments in the Struggle for Trans Rights

Watch the Webinar: Trans Rights Priorities for the Biden Administration

In that webinar, panelists mentioned a number of trans-focused organizations during the event:

Trans Agenda for Liberation

Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project, or BLMP

Familia: Trans Queen Liberation Movement, or TQLM

National LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Action Network

UpEnd Campaign (to end the child welfare system as we know it)

National Trans Youth Leader Project

Trans Justice Funding Project

Publishers: Changing the Names of Trans People in Their Own Work is Not Enough

Trans Linguistic Activism is About Asking for Basic Respect from Others

With the 2021 publication of The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies, a timely question is, what is the state of trans studies now and in the future? This panel of leading scholars in the field — all contributors to the encyclopedia — discuss this topic. The panelists are listed below, followed by their entry in the encyclopedia. 

  • Marquis Bey, assistant professor, African American studies and English, Northwestern University | Entry on “Black People
  • Aaron Devor, founder, The Transgender Archives; inaugural chair in transgender studies; and professor, sociology, University of Victoria | Entry on “Reed Erickson
  • Julian Kevon Glover, Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University | Entry on “Laverne Cox
  • Kristen Renn, Professor, Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education, Michigan State University | Entry on “Career Development and Trajectories
  • Ann Travers, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University | Entry on “Pro Sports Athletes

Emily Skidmore, associate professor of history at Texas Tech University, moderated the webinar, which was sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center and Clark University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and co-sponsored by UMass Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and the Five College Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies Certificate 


The Literature

Queer Embodiment by Hil Malatino

Black on Both Sides by C Riley Snorton

Reverse Cowgirl by McKenzie Wark

Read My Lips by Riki Wilchins

The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Gender by Marquis Bey

Black Trans Feminism (forthcoming, January 2022) by Marquis Bey

Them Goon Rules: Fugitive Essays on Radical Black Feminism by Marquis Bey

Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law by Dean Spade

Mutual Aid. Building Solidarity During This Crisis and the Next by Dean Spade

Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with the Cure by Eli Clare

Histories of the Transgender Child by Jules Gill-Peterson

“Queer Investments in Punishment” by Sarah Lamble in The Transgender Studies Reader 2

“Trans Necropolitics” by C. Riley Snorton and J. Haritaworn in The Transgender Studies Reader 2

CR: The New Centennial Review, volume 3 issue 3 Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation – An Argument by S. Wynter

“On Confusing the Map for the Territory” by Sylvia Wynter in Not Only the Master’s Tools. African-American Studies in Theory and Practice edited by L. R. Gordon and J. A. Gordon

Canadian Journal of Law and Society, volume 15 issue 2 – Gendered Racial Violence and Spatialized Justice: The Murder of Pamela George by S. Razack

Suggested Readings on Trans History

Trans bodies, trans selves: A resource for the transgender community by G. Beemyn (pp. 501-536)

Re-dressing America’s frontier past by P. Boag

Transmen and FTMs: Identities, bodies, genders, and sexualities by J. Cromwell

Histories of the transgender child by J. Gill-Peterson

Men as women, women as men: Changing gender in Native American cultures by S. Lang

Female husbands: A trans history by J. Manion

How sex changed: A history of transsexuality in the United States by J. Meyerowitz

Feminist Studies, volume 37 issue 2 Constructing the “good transsexual”: Christine Jorgensen, whiteness, and heteronormativity in the mid-twentieth century press by E. Skidmore

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, volume 20 issue 1-2 Ralph Kerwineo’s queer body: Narrating the scales of social membership in the early twentieth century by E. Skidmore

True sex: The lives of trans men at the turn of the twentieth century by E. Skidmore

Recovering a Gender Transgressive Past: A Transgender Historiography by E. Skidmore

A Companion to Women’s History by (eds.) N. Hewitt & A. Valk

Transgender history: The roots of today’s revolution by S. Stryker

Suggested Readings on Trans College Students

Trans People in Higher Education by (ed.) G. Beemyn

Journal of College Student Development, volume 58 number 4 Exploring the ways trans* collegians navigate academic, romantic, and social relationships by A. Duran and Z. Nicolazzo

The Counseling Psychologist, volume 47 Healthcare experiences of transgender university students by A.E. Goldberg et al

Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation, volume 29 What is needed, what is valued: Trans’ students’ perspectives on trans-inclusive policies and practices in higher education by A.E. Goldberg et al

Journal of Diversity in Higher Education Trans students’ advocacy and activism experiences within college and university settings by A. E. Goldberg et al

Journal of Diversity in Higher Education volume 12 Transgender graduate students’ experiences in higher education: A mixed-methods exploratory study by A. E. Goldberg et al

International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, volume 29 issue 9 “It’s a hard line to walk”: Black non-binary trans* collegians’ perspectives on passing, realness, and trans*-normativity by Z. Nicolazzo

Trans* in college: Transgender students’ strategies for navigating campus life and the institutional politics of inclusion by Z. Nicolazzo

International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, volume 30 issue 3 An exploration of trans* kinship as a strategy for student success by Z. Nicolazzo et al.  

 International Sociology, volume 34 issue 4 A Retrospective of LGBT Issues on U.S. College Campuses: 1990-2020 by Garvey S. Rankin, et al.

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