Transgender Archives

Virginia Prince. Circa 1954

Virginia Prince. Circa 1954

Virginia Prince was one of the earliest transgender activists.

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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 trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people.

Since 2007, we have been actively acquiring documents, rare publications, and memorabilia of persons and organizations associated with activism by and for trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit 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 span over 160 meters or 530 linear feet (1.5 football fields long), go back over 120 years, and are in 15 languages from 23 countries on six continents. Our collections comprise the largest trans archives in the world.  We are accessible to everyone, free of charge.

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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

22 hours ago

When Canada was passing legislation to protect people from discrimination on basis of gender identity or gender expression, one women's group appeared before the Senate to oppose it--Vancouver Rape Relief. Now, the city of Vancouver has cut off their funding because they won't serve trans women.

City council cuts funding to Vancouver...
Councillors voted Thursday to end the organization’s funding after this year, unless it changes its position toward trans people.
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Chair in Transgender Studies & The Transgender Archives at UVic

4 days ago

Back in June 2016 we reported about Jamie Shupe becoming the first legally recognized nonbinary person in the US. Now they say that it was all a sham! Before you read, if you do, beware that Shupe is now promoting an anti-trans agenda.

I Was America’s First ‘Nonbinary...
I should have been treated. Instead, at every step, doctors, judges, and advocacy groups indulged my fiction.
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