Student Recommended Resources

The researcher for this project, Sara Smith-Silverman, asked for recommended resources from students interviewed for the Queer and Trans Community College Student Oral History Project. One student, in particular, Soledad, recommended a really excellent list of resources.

From Soledad:

Sexchange.tbt is an Instagram account which works as a sort of archive for online queer and especially trans history/online history


Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serrano

Nonfiction: An incredible book featuring gender theory from biologist Julia Serrano, surrounding transness and specifically transfemininty. Her ideas surrounding “subconscious sex” are very informative and eye opening for anyone.

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Fiction: A dystopian-ish society in which people find out when they are going to die. These two boys find each other at the brink of death.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Fiction: Book about a gay Latino transgender man who does his own right of passage for men in his culture surrounding Día de Los Muertos.)

Dreadnought by April Daniels

Fiction: A lesbian trans girl receives superpowers from the superhero Dreadnought as he is about to die. The “mantle” of Dreadnought is passed down to her and anyone in possession of it has their body changed according to how they want their body to look like. In the protagonist’s case, she basically receives an instant transition. She is now the new Dreadnought and has to live up to that legacy.

YouTube Channels:


A channel mostly centered around trans topics including some political and personal topics from the creator. An amazing channel in my opinion. The creator is a lesbian transgender woman and she is really funny and keeps the audience engaged.


The creator is a nonbinary disabled trans person. Their channel centers around their struggles with disability, trans topics, and subculture and pop culture topics.


The creator is a bisexual transgender woman. Hence her videos are on the topics of bisexual activism, bisexual history, bisexuality, general queer topics, and bisexuality in pop culture. There are also videos about feminism in pop culture.

Lily Alexandre

The creator is a transgender woman. Most of her videos are on transgender topics, art, and online queer history.

James Somerton

The creator is a gay man. His videos are centered around general media and film history involving the LGBTQ+ community. 

Places in Sacramento:

Revelry Barber & Salon 

A Barber & Salon which prides itself with being inclusive and offering genderless services.

A Seat At The Table 

A bookstore and café hybrid store which is queer owned. They host drag queen story hours.

The Teetotalist 

A non-alcoholic bar which is lesbain owned. Their physical store will open soon.

Gender Health Center

A nonprofit which aims to help transgender people, especially those within other marginalized communities, in Sacramento.

Lavender Library

An LGBTQ+ library which hosts a variety of queer books and an archive of queer history.

Documentaries/Movies/TV Shows

Paris Is Burning

A documentary about the gay and trans Black and Latine ballroom culture in the 80s.


A TV show that is based off of the ballroom culture in the 80s

Disclosure: Trans Lives On Screen

A documentary about how trans people were and are depicted on screen.

Your Name Engraved Herein

A Taiwanese movie about these two young men who come to realize their feelings for each other.

Kiss of the Rabbit God

A short film of a Chinese-American restaurant worker who is encountered with the Rabbit God which sparks his sexual awakening.

James Sommerton had a historical documentary on YouTube about gay German life and the Gay Holocaust. It was on his channel but now it’s on Vimeo.

There’s also this video that is about Magnus Mirschfeld. His work was incredibly influential for transgender people.

Linh, another student, recommended the following novel:

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo. This novel is a love story of two young women in Chinatown, San Francisco, in the 1950s.