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Gender, Sexual Identities, and Queer Culture

IMI Queer Resources and Guides: https://imi.guide/ 

Queer Zine Archive Project: https://archive.qzap.org/index.php/Splash/Index 

The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project: https://www.lib.umn.edu/collections/special/tretter/transgender-oral-history-project 

Planned Parenthood Sexual Orientation Resources: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/sexual-orientation 

Planned Parenthood Gender Identity Resources: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/gender-identity 

Paris Is Burning – Movie covering the iconic history of 1980s Ballroom Culture 

Tongues Untied – Movie that explores the life of Marlon Riggs and being a gay Black man in poetic and experimental memoir format 

The Queen (1967) - Movie that covers the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant  

Call Me Kuchu – Movie about David Kato, an activist at the forefront of fighting the proposed Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act, and his eventual murder in 2011 

One From the Vaults - Podcast highlighting forgotten figures from trans history (available on SoundCloud) 

Heavyweight: “Vivian” - Podcast episode covering a woman whose uncle died of AIDs as she tries to find and thank the man who cared for him in his final days 

Nancy/Radiolab: “David and Dominique” - Podcast episode following a generational discussion between two gay, HIV positive, New Yorkers — one 60 and the other 30. 

Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries edited by Untorelli Press – Zine/Book that is a compilation of speeches and statements from Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson of STAR 

Transgender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg – Book on the fight for trans rights around the world and across time 

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective Statement edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor – Book covering the Combahee River Collective whose works and writing continue to be influential today 

Let The Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 by Sarah Schulman – Book covering the history of ACT UP and AIDs activism by a member of the organization  

The Invention of Women by Oyeronke Oweyumi – Book about the history of gender in Yoruba culture and colonization 

Read My Lips by Riki Wilchins – Book of compiled comedic essays of a trans lesbian who came out in the 70s 

Anatomy and Physiology

Transcending Anatomy Online Zine – Zine about navigating sex as a trans person including discussions on anatomy, safer sex, dysphoria, pleasure and more 



InterACT Advocates for Intersex Youth – Tons of resources about the intersex community, navigating healthcare, and policy around intersex people and especially youth. 



Scarleteen “With Pleasure: A view of whole sexual anatomy for every body”- Amazing article from scarleteen talking inclusively and comprehensively about sexual anatomy from a pleasure perspective. Scarleteen also has tons of other great articles, message boards and resources relating to LGBTQ+ issues and beyond 



The Vulva Gallery – Illustrations and stories talking about the diversity of what vulvas can look like.  



Planned Parenthood “What do I need to know about transitioning” - Resource from Planned Parenthood reviewing in more detail what transition can look like and the range of gender affirming medical care that exists.  



UCSF Transition Roadmap – Medical resources on what transition can look like again with more details on trans healthcare. 


Body Image, Body Changes and Transitioning

LGBTQ+ and Trans + Nonbinary Eating Disorder Support Groups – Schedule and sign up options for both groups, facilitated by mental health professionals 



“For Queer Men of Color, Pressure to Have a Perfect Body Is About Race Too” by Naveen Kumar – Short and accessible article from Them talking about navigating body image and eurocentrism in the queer community 



“The Body Is Not an Apology” by Sonya Renee Taylor – Groundbreaking and accessible book on fatphobia, reconciling body image and doing so in the context of a range of different oppressions. 



“Fat and Queer – an Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives” -- Just as the subhead says, this is a collection of essays exploring the intersection of fatness and trans/queer identity. 



“Looking Queer” by Dawn Atkins – Older and a bit more academic, this is an iconic book exploring body image and identity in the LGBTQ+ community. 



DC Area Transmasculine Society Binder Exchange Program — Based in DC but open to any transmasculine person in the US, they give away hundreds of binders every month with less delay than other services. 



Point of Pride Free Gender Affirming Garments – Point of Pride is an organization that provides binders, femme shapewear, and more. More options than other nonprofits, but some have noted delays in applying for these free giveaways. 



Planned Parenthood of Southwest Central Florida Gender Affirming Care Guide – General information about hormone therapy and how to get started on treatment at PPSWCF 


Safer Sex, STIs and Stigma

HIV: The Neglected Pandemic - Documentary from Vice covering the history of HIV/AIDs featuring Jonathan Van Ness. The documentary covers 40 years of history and the stigma that continues into the present.



Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 - Graphic novel sharing the story of a lesbian nurse in the early days of the HIV/AIDs epidemic from one of the first care units in Chicago. Super emotional, impactful, and first-hand account of the experience! 



HIV/AIDS: What Can We Learn From America's Last Epidemic? - PBS video covering the history and activism surrounding HIV/AIDs, focusing on the governments response to the epidemic.



Get Tested from the CDC - Online resource for looking up local and affordable resources for getting STI tested. 



Metro Inclusive Health - Community organization who joined us for Rainbow Room and offers tons of resources and queer-specific care and events locally. Their website includes details on accessing care and connecting with local queer social and support events!


Contraception and Safer Sex

Birth Control Across the Gender Spectrum from Reproductive Health Access Project - An amazing and inclusive guide to considering birth control options as a trans person. Inclusive and specific for trans health!



"Birth Control is for Everyone" Blog by Maggi DeLuc - From birth control experts at Power to Decide, this blog post gives a quick rundown for you or anyone who might want the basics of why queer and trans people use birth control. 



Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Appointments - PPSWCF offers appointments to get on birth control and free barriers along with a range of other queer inclusive reproductive healthcare like gender affirming hormone therapy, STI tests, well-person visits, and more. Schedule an appointment at the link below. 


Healthy Relationships

Love is Respect - Love is Respect is an online resource and hotline/textline/online chat specifically for teens and young adults who have questions about dating violence.


Call: (866) 331-9474, the hotline is available 24/7 365 days a year.

Text: LOVEIS to 22522


The National Domestic Violence Hotline - The national hotline/textline/online chat to connect with a range of resources and organizations across the country if you have questions or are in crisis.


Call: (800) 799-7233, the hotline is available 24/7 365 days a year.

Text: START to 88788 


The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) - Another hotline/online chat resource. I have also linked the article specific to LGBTQ+ relationships, which includes queer survivor stories, supporting queer survivors, and more!



Call: (800) 656-4673, the hotline is available 24/7 365 days a year.


Scarleteen - An online resource, forum, and hub for tons of inclusive sex education, Scarleteen has it all! Below is everything under the relationship tab, but there are also plenty of discussions on relationship topics and space to submit your own questions.



LGBTQ+ Centered Power and Control Wheel - A staple in understanding unhealthy relationships and what power imbalance can look like in relationships, we have included a PDF to look over talking about power in relationships with the context of homophobia, transphobia and more. This informed a lot of our discussion on the queer-specific barriers to finding support.



Forge and the Trans Sexual Violence Project - Tons of resources about trans-topics generally, but also sexual violence, harassment and more through a trans lens. Also a hub for research on the subject.




Love is Respect: Love is Respect is an online resource and hotline/textline/online chat specifically for teens and young adults who have questions about dating violence.


Call: (866) 331-9474, the hotline is available 24/7 365 days a year.

Text: LOVEIS to 22522


The National Domestic Violence Hotline: The national hotline/textline/online chat to connect with a range of resources and organizations across the country if you have questions or are in crisis.


Call: (800) 799-7233, the hotline is available 24/7 365 days a year.

Text: START to 88788  


RAINN LGBTQ+ Survivors of Sexual Violence: Resource that discusses both general information for survivors of sexual violence but also queer-specific resources, stories, and more. They also have a national line at (800) 656-4673.



Scarleteen Yes/No/Maybe List: An amazing PDF, this resource can be a starting point to do either alone or with partners to better think understand and communicate boundaries around bodies, sex, relationships, and safety.



Scarleteen ‘Driver's Ed for the Sexual Superhighway: Navigating Consent”: Excellent article covering all the nitty gritty of navigating consent including do’s, don’ts and tips.



Scarleteen ‘This Guide to Sexual Grooming Can Protect You and Your Friends from Online Abusers’: Another excellent article covering what grooming looks like with some more information and resources.


Queer Family Planning

Fenway Health "Pathways To Parenthood' Guide: PDF from Fenway Health, leaders in LGBTQ+ health based in Boston, describing the options to think through for queer people interested in building their families through methods like IVF, adoption, surrogacy, and more.



Queer-focused Doula Content Creators Online: We recommended a few queer-focused doula creators on Instagram as an opportunity to learn more about family building options and considerations for queer people and about birth generally. Those creators included @mossthedoula, @sabiawade, and @pocketdoula. 


Equality Florida Family Resources: Equality Florida does great educational work relating to LGBTQ+ issues in Florida and the laws and processes. Here is their guide for queer families being recognized in Florida.


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