Transgender Issues


  • National Transgender Advocacy Coalition

    NTAC works for the advancement of understanding and the attainment of full civil rights for all transgender, intersexed and gender variant people in every aspect of society and actively opposes discriminatory acts by all means legally available. Believing that no person is more equal than another, is more entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is more worthy of love or respect, NTAC works to achieve equality for all transgender people.

  • The Transgender Guide.


    Our goal is to continue providing the Transgender community with the same quality resources that we are so well known for. We are committed to publishing the most comprehensive site of services and information, accurately representing the transgender community, in a positive manner.

Popular Media Resources

From the middle of America emerged an extraordinary double life, a complicated love story and a crime that would shatter the heartland. In Falls City, Nebraska, Brandon Teena (Oscar®-winner Hilary Swank) was a newcomer with a future who had the small rural community enchanted. But, Falls City’s hottest date and truest friend had one secret: he wasn’t the person people thought he was. Back home is Lincoln just seventy-five miles away, Brandon Teena was a different person caught up in a personal crisis that had haunted him his entire life.

The title character of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a would-be glam-rock star from East Germany, undergoes a botched gender-change operation in order to escape from the Soviet bloc, only to watch the Berlin Wall come down on TV after being abandoned in a trailer park in middle America. Hedwig gets involved with Tommy, an adolescent boy who steals her songs and becomes a stadium-filling musical act. Suffering from a broken heart and a lust for revenge, Hedwig follows Tommy's tour, playing with her band (the Angry Inch) at tacky theme restaurants. Into this simple storyline, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell packs an astonishing mix of sadness, yearning, humor, and kick-ass songs with a little Platonic philosophy tucked inside for good measure. A visually dazzling gem of a

  • Boy's don't cry. (1999). Bienen, A., & Peirce, K. (Writers), & K. Peirce (Director) . Eva Kolodner (Producer): Fox video.
  • Hedwig and the angry inch (2001). Mitchell, J. C. (Writer), & J. C. Mitchell (Director) (2001). N. L. Studios (Producer): N. L. Studios.
  • Stonewall (1996). N. Finch (Director). F. Lorber (Producer): Fox Lorber.

    The fictional story line of Stonewall is framed by a piece of re-created gay history that has been chronicled before, primarily in such documentaries as Before Stonewall and After Stonewall. But here director Nigel Finch constructs a multilayered entertainment set in and around the Stonewall riots of June 1969 (in New York) that marked the start of gay rights and activism. Stonewall is engaging and sympathetic to the plight of gays everywhere, who survived a world where homosexuality was a fate worse than death (and often resulted in it). This is a movie about survival, oppression, and the self-loathing that is inflicted by a world that refuses to understand anything different from mainstream morality.

Books, Book Chapters, & Journal Articles

  • Boenke, M. (2003). Trans forming families : real stories about transgendered loved ones. Imperial Beach, CA: Walter Trook Pub.
This is a family oriented book published especially for families, friends, and others interested in understanding and learning about transgender persons. The first edition sold out; this is the expanded second edition, published in 2003. It deals with all ages and types of transgender - FTM, MTF, Intersex, crossdressing, and androgeny. It is an ideal first book for families who want to understand.

In this fascinating, personal journey hrough history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.

This stirring call for tolerance and solidarity from the acclaimed activist and author of Transgender Warriors collects Leslie Feinberg's speeches on trans liberation and its essential connection to the liberation of all people.

Howard and Stevens, a masters of education candidate and the director of residential life, respectively, at the University of Vermont, have collected 28 first-person accounts from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students from colleges and universities across the country. A good mix of ethnicity and college settings marks these essays, which are all tied together by the theme of coming out to oneself and to the community.

Looks at the male-to-woman transgenderist and transsexual from a sociological and sociopolitical perspective, arguing that it is not the individual transgenderists who are sick and need treatment, but the society that condemns them. Considers the history of the transgender movement, categories of sex, and contemporary medical and popular ideology.

This report details the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people at 14 colleges and universities across the country. Based on a survey of nearly 1700 students, faculty, and staff, Campus Climate documents experiences and perceptions of anti-GLBT bias and harassment, along with levels of institutional support for GLBT people. It highlights differences in experiences between various identity groups (e.g. students vs. faculty/staff, gays/lesbians vs. bisexuals, people of color vs. whites, etc.). Intended for administrators and others committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for GLBT people, Campus Climate concludes with a series of recommendations toward achieving this goal.

  • Bornstein, K. (2000). Which outlaws? Or, "who was that masked man?" In M. Adams, W. J. Blumenfeld, R. Castaneda, H. W. Hackman, M. L. Peters & X. Zuniga (Eds.), Readings for diversity and social justice: An anthology on racism, antisemitism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, and classism (pp. 220-228). New York; London: Routledge.

    From the chapter: "I've tried to figure out which questions get to the core of transgender issues - the answer to the riddle of my oddly-gendered life would probably be found in the area we question the least, and there are many areas of gender we do not question...We're so sure our our ability to catagorize people as either men or women that we neglect to ask ourselves some very basic questions: What is a man? What is a woman? And why do we need to be one or the other?

  • Boylan, J. F. (2003). She's not there : a life in two genders (1st ed.). New York: Broadway Books.

    Boylan is 45 years old, but for more than 40 of those years she was James Finney Boylan. A Colby College professor and author of four books of fiction, Boylan has a good comic ear, and that humor keeps the book, which tells the story of Boylan's passage from male to female.

  • Carter, K. A. (2000). Transgenderism and college students: Issues of gender idenity adn its role on our campuses. In V. A. Wall & N. J. Evans (Eds.), Towards acceptance: Sexual orientation issues on campus (pp. 261 - 282). Lanham, MD; Cumnor Hill, Oxford: University Press of America, American College Personnel Association.

    Toward Acceptance is a systematic study of the complex issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons on college campuses. Organized into five distinct sections, "Toward Acceptance" builds on the content included in Evans and Wall's previous book, "Beyond Tolerance: Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals on Campus" (American College Personnel Association, 1993). Co-published with American College Personnel Association.

  • Cromwell, J. (1999). Transmen and FTMs: identities, bodies, genders, and sexualities. Urbana ; Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

    Cromwell provides an interesting ethnography of female men from a FTM perspective in a time when the transgender community is calling for scholarship about transpeople by transcholars. He gives an insider's perspective of a fairly homogenous type of group of transmen that capably provides a few new glimpses into female men's stories.

  • Feinberg, L. (1996). Transgender warriors: Making history from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Feinberg, L. (1998). Trans liberation: beyond pink or blue. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press.
  • Howard, K., & Stevens, A. (2000). Out & about campus: Personal accounts by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered college students (1st ed.). Los Angeles: Alyson Books.
  • MacKenzie, G. O. (1994). Transgender nation. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press.
  • Rankin, S. R. (2003). Campus climate for gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgender people: A national perspective. NewYork: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute.
  • Sanlo, R. L. (1998). Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender college students: A handbook for faculty and administrators. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.

    This handbook is intended for faculty and administrators who wish to create a welcoming and safe environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on our campuses. It will help readers, even those who may struggle personally with understanding non-heterosexual identities, gain a clearer understanding of the important issues facing these students. Each chapter analyzes specific issues affecting these students and offers recommendations or suggestions for change. Some of the areas discussed include: identity development theories, residence halls, career planning, health and counseling centers, HIV/AIDS, and student leadership and organizational development.