LGBT+ books, resources and archives available for free! If you know of free, preferably online content you feel would be appropriate for this page, please email us at genderlendinglibrary@gmail.com. Links will be added at our discretion. All online content must be shared with permission of the author. We are not responsible for content hosted outside the Library: in particular, this page does not provide age recommendations.

All practical information on gender transition is UK-based or UK-applicable.

OAPEN
Another collection of open access academic works, including many related to queer and transgender studies.
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Project MUSE
Massive number of academic works, including many open access books and journal articles on queer and transgender studies (use the search function).
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Queer Cartoonists Database
‘The Cartoonists of Color, Queer Cartoonists, and Disabled Cartoonists databases were created and are maintained by cartoonist MariNaomi as a way to spotlight marginalized comics creators.’
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Queer Zine Library
Mobile UK library of self-published queer magazines. Use advanced search and restrict your search to ‘available online’.
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Book28
‘A small LGBTIQ+ library currently housed at the Outside Project in Clerkenwell’.
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London FtM
Peer support group for transmasculine people. It has its own, FtM-focused lending library for use by members.
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Outhouse Library, Dublin
‘The Outhouse Library houses a comprehensive library of books relating to homosexuality in general, including transgender, gay, lesbian, and bisexual topics. The library is on the first floor of the Outhouse building.
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Small Trans Library
‘The Small Trans Library is a small lending library of trans-authored books for trans people, with branches in Dublin and Glasgow.’
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ACT UP Oral History Project
Hundreds of videos and transcripts of interviews with surviving members of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, New York.
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Digital Transgender Archive
‘An online hub for digitized historical materials’. Free to access.
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English Heritage
By uncovering the LGBTQ stories that have survived, researchers can start to represent the true diversity of sexuality and gender in the history of England. Find out more about the lives of England’s LGBTQ people and their important place in the stories of English Heritage sites.
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GRT LGBTQ+ Spoken History Archive
An online oral history archive featuring interviews with LGBTQ+ members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
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Pride of Place
‘What we today call Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) histories are embedded in the buildings and landscapes all around us. Pride of Place uncovers and celebrates places of LGBTQ heritage across England.’
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Queer Beyond London
‘Queer beyond London is an AHRC-funded collaboration between Birkbeck College, University of London and Leeds Beckett University to research histories of sexual identities and communities in Leeds, Plymouth, Brighton and Manchester since c.1965.’
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Queer Digital History Project
‘The QDHP is an ongoing effort to document pre-2010 LGBTQ digital spaces online. Our current projects include a catalog of early LGBTQ online communities, an archive of transgender-related Usenet newsgroups, and interactive maps of TGNet, one of the first international transgender-specific BBS networks. ‘
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Queer Kernow
‘Working with the Cornwall Museums partnership has allowed this project unique access into the collections of Cornish Museums, join the conversation as we delve into archives and storerooms to bring you the stories of Cornwall’s LGBTQ past.’
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Queer Objects
An online exhibition and archive by the University of East Anglia about the history of queer symbols.
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Rictor Norton
A series of essays on queer history, primarily in England, by historian Rictor Norton. Directory of links to similar resources.
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Trans Activism Oral History Project
‘The project interviewed 22 trans elders in the US and Canada about their histories of activism.’
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CliniQ
Sexual health clinic for trans and nonbinary people. This link is to its online resource page, which contains a variety of sexual health guides and is still updating.
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Gender Construction Kit
An overview of various different strategies used in gender transition, from reducing hairloss to changing name. Sorted by effect.
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Scarleteen
Inclusive, comprehensive sex education aimed primarily at teenagers.
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Transfeminine Science
A comprehensive guide to feminising hormones, including discussion of possibilities for non-binary transition and summaries of medical research papers.
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Trans Healthcare Intel
Lists trans-affirming NHS GPs (including whether they have previously offered bridging hormones) and private GICs.
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WPATH
This association produced care standards adopted by many countries’ healthcare systems for treating transgender patients, including the NHS. You can download the care standards for free.
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Nevada, Imogen Binnie
2013 novel about the misadventures and self-reflections of Maria, a disaffected transgender woman. Scroll for download links.
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The Earthquake Room, Davey Davis
‘In the near future, Oakland is haunted by natural disaster and political collapse. When k realises she has infected her girlfriend, bea, with a disease, she loses herself in a masochistic quest for atonement, leaving bea to contend with her fears about an increasingly precarious world by herself.’

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Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg
Free download. ‘Leslie Feinberg worked up to a few days before hir death to ready the 20th anniversary Author’s Edition of Stone Butch Blues, to make it available to all, for free. This action was part of hir entire life work as a communist to “change the world” in the struggle for justice and liberation from oppression.’
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Dreadnought, Gretchen Felker-Martin
18+ ‘At the end of the world, three broken girls entrusted with the piloting of biomechanical monstrosities known as Dreadnoughts are all that stand between humanity and annihilation at the hands of the Lilim, a race of monstrous giant women from another world.’
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Supervillainz, Alicia E. Goranson
‘The story of twenty-something ex-lovers Bit and Devon, who steal the mask of a fallen superhero and are forced to become dastardly villains when they are chased by the hero’s family through an underground network of friends.’
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Heartspark Press
‘Heartspark Press is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, developing, and amplifying the creative voices of transgender girls, transgender women, and CAMAB (coercively assigned-male-at-birth) non-binary people everywhere.’ Ebooks free.
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Novellettes by Torrey Peters
The Masker and Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones. Sliding scale pricing for eBook editions; can be downloaded for free. See GCLL page for a paper copy of Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones.
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A Safe Girl to Love, Casey Plett
A collection of short stories.
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Meanwhile, Elsewhere, edited by Casey Plett and Cat Fitzpatrick
Anthology of science fiction and fantasy short stories from trans authors.
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Books by Jamie Berrout
A collection of poetry, essays, short stories, and translations of the work of Esdras Parras, a Venezuelan trans writer.
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Gender Diversity in Indonesia, Sharyn Davies
‘Indonesia provides particularly interesting examples of gender diversity. Same-sex relations, transvestism and cross-gender behaviour have long been noted amongst a wide range of Indonesian peoples. This book explores the nature of gender diversity in Indonesia, and with the world’s largest Muslim population, it examines Islam in this context.
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Transgender Identities, edited by Sally Hines and Tom Sanger
‘Featuring contributions from throughout the world, this volume represents the cutting-edge scholarship in transgender studies and will be of interest to scholars and students interested in gender, sexuality, and sociology.’
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Transcribed: An Anthology of Trans Writing, edited by Ezra Horbury and Christine ‘Xine’ Xao
‘This book holds the voices of trans people who refuse to be silenced. These are trans lives.
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The Soul of the Stranger, Joy Ladin
‘Reading familiar Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Joy Ladin explores fundamental questions about how these texts our understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and transgender lives can illuminate one another.’
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Trans Care, Hil Malatino
Trans Care is a critical intervention in how care labor and care ethics have been thought, arguing that dominant modes of conceiving and critiquing the politics and distribution of care entrench normative and cis-centric familial structures and gendered arrangements.’
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(Im)possible patients? Negotiating discourses of trans health in the UK, Ruth Pearce
‘This thesis provides an ethnographic account of how discourses of trans health are negotiated in the UK within and between trans community spaces, activist groups and the professional sphere of medical practice.’
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Books relevant to LGBTI+ history written before 1950. Please approach with care: many contain ideas that are deeply offensive, and some document historical medical abuse.

A Florida Enchantment, Archibald Clavering Gunter, 1891
Early novel in which magical intervention causes a change of sex and sexual orientation, later adapted into a film in 1914.
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The Undaunted, Alan L Hart, 1936
Novel by one of the first men ever to undergo a hysterectomy, featuring a gay character.
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Homo-Sexual Life, William J. Fielding, 1925
A short overview of contemporary sexology designed to educate working class readers.
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A Mechanical and Critical Enquiry into the Nature of Hermaphrodites, James Parsons, 1741
Early medical text about intersex conditions. Advertised in UK newspapers on its publication.
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Autobiography of an Androgyne, Ralph Werther-Jenny June, 1918
‘I offer no apology for bringing the Autobiography of an Androgyne before the members of the learned professions, to whom the sale of this book is restricted.’ – Alfred W. Herzog, Introduction.
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The Female-Impersonators, Ralph Werther-Jenny June, 1922
‘An account of some of the author’s experiences during his six years’ career as instinctive female-impersonator in New York’s underworld.’
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Publishers that focus on or are explicitly positive towards LGBT+ works, with LGBT+ titles making up a high proportion of their catalogues.

Arsenal Pulp Press
‘Leading Canadian indie publisher of LGBTQ2S & BIPOC stories, literary fiction & poetry, graphic novels, & more.’
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Cipher Press
‘Independent queer publishing.’
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Hotpencil Press
Queer anthologies in a variety of styles.
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Jessica Kingsley Publishers
‘A leader in LGBTQIA+ non-fiction publishing.’
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Knight Errant Press
‘We saw a definite lack of distinctly queer publishing and decided to step up … We may be micro but we are mighty!’
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Lethe Press
‘[A]n independent publishing house specializing in the strange, the eerie, and the uncanny. Many of our books do have queer interest but we’ve grown into speculative fiction for all readers. Named after the Greek river of memory and forgetfulness, Lethe Press is devoted to ideas that are often neglected or forgotten by mainstream publishers.’
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Metonymy Press
‘Metonymy publishes work that transgresses boundaries, undermines the status quo, and sustains those on the margins.’
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Pride Publishing
‘Pride Publishing delivers the very best quality LGBTQ fiction.’
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Quindrie Press
Independent comics publisher based in Edinburgh, with a high proportion of works by nonbinary authors.
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AAA Literary Journal
‘This is a journal created in 2020 by queer people who identify in the “A” of LGBTQIA+. We aim to showcase the voices of Asexual-spectrum, Aromantic-spectrum, and Agender people via creative writing, because our stories so often go untold.’
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Beestung
‘beestung is a quarterly online micro-magazine for non-binary and two-spirit writers and readers, with an emphasis on intracommunity sensibilities. beestung resists the canon and all forms of bigotry.’
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Foglifter Journal
Biannual LGBTQ+ literary journal. Older issues are available free to download as PDFs.
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Fruit Journal
Fruit is a bi-annual journal publishing queer authors, with an emphasis on unheard voices. ‘Queer authors’ are LGBTQI+. ‘Unheard voices’ means writing for which there are few platforms.
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Opia Literary Magazine
‘Quarterly magazine publishing prose, poetry and visual art by marginalised and underrepresented creatives.’
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Prismatica Magazine
‘LGBTQ fantasy & sci-fi magazine featuring short fiction & poetry by both emerging/established LGBTQ writers.’
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Queerlings
Online queer literary magazine.
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smoke and mold
‘The journal will publish 24 issues: 2 each year for 12 years — the amount of time allotted us by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Thematically, it places no restrictions on what counts as nature, and writers must only self-identify as trans or Two Spirit to be included.’
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Sporazine
Pay what you can (including £0) experimental trans writing magazine.
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Stone of Madness Press
Online queer and trans literary magazine celebrating unconventionality.
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TSQ NOW
Non-peer reviewed blog run by the editorial team of Transgender Studies Quarterly.
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Vetch Magazine
Pay what you can (including $0!) trans poetry magazine, downloadable in PDF form.
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Corriendo la voz/Spreading the Word
An outreach project by the Independent Trans Chair at the University of Buenos Aires, in which trans studies researchers talk about their work for the public. Videos that are not in English are subtitled.
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gates and strays
‘Alex and John, an interracial couple with widely divergent lines of work (she’s in tech; he’s a small press literary editor), have recently moved to San Francisco from Pittsburgh. They are engaged to be married, but the series starts with Alex coming out of the closet, and the first season chronicles their progression from lovers to best friends.’
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Her Story
Her Story is a 6-episode new-media series that looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity.’ Written by Jen Richards and Laura Zak.
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My Genderation
‘The project was founded by Fox Fisher and Lewis Hancox after appearing on the mainstream documentary My Transsexual Summer that aired on Channel 4 in 2011. Feeling frustrated that their experiences weren’t portrayed authentically, they started to create films about the trans people around them.’
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Private Dick
Private Dick starring actor/comedian/writer D’Lo revolves around the frenetic life of Ducky, a transgender Sri Lankan-Tamil-American private detective in Los Angeles.’
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Sistah Dictionary
Explaining Critical Theory terminology in plain English. A great resource for anyone intimidated by our academic book collection.
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