Biography History Journal/Diary Nonfiction

Becoming a Visible Man

At least two generations of transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people have emerged since Becoming a Visible Man was first published in 2004, but the book remains a beloved resource for trans people and their allies. Since the first edition’s publication, author Jamison Green’s writings and advocacy among business and governmental organizations around the world have…

Biography History Journal/Diary Nonfiction

We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan, 1961-1991

We Both Laughed In Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan narrates the inner life of a gay trans man moving through the shifting social, political, and medical mores of the second half of the 20th century. Sullivan kept comprehensive journals from age eleven until his AIDS-related death at thirty-nine. Sensual, lascivious, challenging, quotidian and…

History Nonfiction Reference/Guide/Manual Social Sciences

Hijras, Sangomas, and Their Translects

This essay focuses on hijras in India and on male women sangomas in Zulu gender-differentiated possession cults in South Africa. We approach these individuals through the travelling concept of “translects”, in the sense in which hijras and sangomas as “transgender individuals” cultivating a culture-specific, gender liminality use words to refer to themselves, their body parts,…

Biography Critique Essay History Humanities Law/Legal Natural Sciences Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

The Transvestites: The Erotic Drive to Cross-Dress

Update: we are saddened to learn that the translator has requested a takedown of this text. We are currently looking into open access options but the text will not be available on Trans Reads for now. Please contact us if you have any questions. —— For the first time in history, we are proud to…

Archive Biography Critique History Humanities Nonfiction Reference/Guide/Manual Social Sciences Theory

Die Transvestiten: Untersuchung Über den Erotischen Verkleidungstrieb; Mit Umfangreichem Casuistischen und Historischen Material (2nd edition)

Magnus Hirschfeld’s second print of the historic book, “The Transvestites.” Transvestites are women and men who feel reluctant and even refuse to dress in the clothing of their own sex. For them, the inherent drive to cross-dress is often more powerful than sexual drive itself. This phenomenon has often been confronted with both ignorance and…