Long Island Act-Up, Donnelly/Colt Buttons, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan

Books are expensive, especially academic books. Requesting them in person at a library might out or embarass you. But, if you pick out a book on our website, we’ll lend it to you for free. We’ll even pay postage!

The Library is for everyone: you don’t need to be trans or queer to request a book. However, it was created by and for trans and queer people, and we hope that allies will consider a donation to keep us running.

The ‘gender community’, as it was sometimes referred to in the late 20th century, has a rich tradition of pooling knowledge and resources. We educate one another about gatekeeping, selfmedding, who not to date, which venues to avoid – and our history, art, movements and heritage. But, this communal knowledge is incredibly fragile, and can be easily lost.

It took a surprisingly long time—several years—for the researchers to realize that the reason the candidates’ behavioral profiles matched Benjamin’s so well was that the candidates, too, had read Benjamin’s book, which was passed from hand to hand within the transsexual community, and they were only too happy to provide the behavior that led to acceptance for surgery.

Sandy Stone, The “Empire” Strikes Back

In creating GCLL, we focused on sharing one particular form of knowledge, collecting books on Transgender Studies. We believe that it is critical for these works to be made available outside of research institutions. However, as our collection has expanded, it has come to encompass a far wider range of publications: from zines to memoirs to experimental fiction. Whether they are considered as primary sources, educational resources, or just satisfying reads, every work in our collection is uniquely valuable.

Feel free to contact us for book suggestions, queries and requests. Happy reading!

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