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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The Trans Teen Survival Guide, Fox Fisher, Owl Fisher
Free copies available to transgender teenagers in unsupportive households during lockdown. Just contact the bookshop staff using the linked form.
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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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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 now 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
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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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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Foglifter Journal
Biannual LGBTQ+ literary journal. Older issues are available free to download as PDFs.
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Queerlings
Online queer literary magazine.
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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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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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