Historical Studies on Trans Women of Color

Transgender women of color are frequently dismissed within historical accounts. This collection is composed of personal narratives, scholarly articles, and videos, which together help weave trans women of color back into history. Compiled, the sources illuminate the oppressive realities these women face, how they have historically asserted their own autonomy, and the major shifts in theory regarding transgender women of color. The story below begins with Queer Indigenous Studies, then outlines the historical background through the twentieth and twenty-first century, stitches in some personal narratives, outlines crucial texts (both fiction and non-fiction), and ends with a scholarly analysis on how historical discrimination and contemporary systematic oppression connect to depression within transgender women of color. It is important to note that these specific sources are overwhelmingly (with the exception of one) tied to the United States and therefore do not speak to the international history. The collection listed is not an all-inclusive list, but instead is a useful foundation with further information provided through the references within the links.

Queer Indigenous Studies 

20th Century History

21st Century History

Stonewall Remembered: The Erasure of Trans Women of Color

Structural Oppression and Contemporary Narratives

“Ain’t I a Woman?” Trans Exclusion and Black Feminists

Discrimination and Depression Symptoms