Transgender Archives

Virginia Prince. Circa 1954

Virginia Prince. Circa 1954

Virginia Prince was one of the earliest transgender activists.

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World's only Chair in Transgender Studies

In January 2016, Dr. Aaron Devor was announced as the world's only Chair in Transgender Studies. (Photo: Devor and UVic master's student Alyx MacAdams at the Jan. 15 event with material from the Transgender Archives.) 

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Kate Bornstein

Photographed by Del LaGrace

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Transgender Archives

The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is committed to the preservation of the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Since 2007, we have been actively acquiring documents, rare publications, and memorabilia of persons and organizations associated with activism by and for transgender and gender nonconforming people.

We began with the generous donation of the Rikki Swin Institute collection. The Transgender Archives have been enhanced by other significant donations including the personal papers of Reed Erickson, the entire University of Ulster Trans-Gender Archive collection, and the records of Zenith Foundation of Vancouver Canada, among many others.

Our records of research related to trans and gender nonconforming people go back over 100 years, while our records of activism by trans and gender nonconforming people span over 50 years and come from 18 countries across five continents. At over 320 linear feet / 98 linear meters, our collections comprise the largest trans archives in the world.

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Lammy award

In The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future you can read about some of the history of trans activism and research, learn about how the Transgender Archives got started, and see a few highlights from our collections.

The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future was chosen as a 2015 Lambda Literary Awards finalist in LGBT nonfiction.

The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria is accessible to the public for free, and available to faculty, students, and scholars for teaching and research.

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Chair in Transgender Studies & The Transgender Archives at UVic

2 days ago

Make sure that the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), used for diagnoses around the world, does not count Trans as a mental disorder! THE DEADLINE FOR COMMENTARY IS JUNE 1, 2017. Make your voice heard! The proposed new diagnosis is Gender Incongruence and it is proposed to go in a chapter called Conditions Related to Sexual Health. While not perfect, it is a big improvement on what's there now. To give your opinion you need to register with the World Health Organization (WHO). Click http://apps.who.int/classifications/icd11/browse/l-m/en to register and create a login profile. Then go the training videos to find out how to leave a comment in Chapter 6 in the section on Gender Incongruence. In addition to adding some words of your own, you might want to include the following two paragraphs: I urge the World Health Organization to remain fully committed to inclusion of a chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health in ICD-11 in the version to be presented for approval at the World Health Assembly. I also urge WHO member states to support the proposed chapter. I urge the World Health Organization to remain fully committed to locating the proposed diagnosis of Gender Incongruence of Adolescence and Adulthood within the chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health. I also urge member states to support the proposed placement. The deadline for the comment period is June 1, 2017. We, therefore, encourage you to share this widely with your networks and support the proposed chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health and placing the proposed diagnosis of Gender Incongruence of Adolescence and Adulthood within that chapter. Please take this action in support of transgender health before June 1, 2017. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Gail Knudson MD, MEd, FRCPC President, WPATH On behalf of the WPATH Board of Directors

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Chair in Transgender Studies & The Transgender Archives at UVic

2 days ago

Some folks at the University of Guelph thought that Lou Reed's song "Walk on the WIld Side" was transphobic so they apologized for playing it. Then they apologized for for calling it transphobic. What do you think?

Is Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wild Side' ...
Critics noted that Reed's album was called Transformer. 'What do they think it's about?' The union deleted its Facebook apology and gave a followup statement
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