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With the current political climate and racial violence that has flooded both social media and many news outlets during the past year, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of negativity received, read, or heard from all aspects of daily life. It becomes stressful to even glance at the ‘News Feed’ on our Facebook or Twitter pages, causing most to avoid that section completely. Unfortunately, ignoring the stream of updates causes us to miss the good news when it happens. 

On March 31st, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam signed House Bill 2132 into law, banning the “Gay/Trans Panic Defense," effective on July 1st, 2021. Virginia is the 12th state in the US to officially ban the use of the ‘gay/trans panic defense’ and is the first Southern state to do so.

In celebration of this milestone, JMU's SOGIE Programming and the Office of Disability Services have collaborated to present: 

Exploring Gender Identity and Expression

This display contains various resources that dive deep into:

  • Defining Transgender and Gender Identity
  • The long history of the fight for Trans Equal Rights
  • What it means to be a Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color who is questioning their Gender Identity or identifying as Trans/Gender-nonconforming, and
  • The experiences of Trans/Gender-nonconforming people who have disabilities

Below are more than 50 resources available through JMU Libraries for you to explore the reason many are looking to redefine Gender. We encourage you to educate yourself about the past to better understand the present, to amplify and listen to the voices of those targeted for being Transgender/Gender-nonconforming, and to confront the current and ongoing injustices around the world.

What is Gender Identity and Transgender?

Books for Adults

Books for Children

DVDs and Streaming Films

Podcasts, Music & Streaming Audio

  • LGBTQ&A
    • Weekly interviews with the most interesting LGBTQ+ people in the world. Recent guests include Laverne Cox, Roxane Gay, Pete Buttigieg, and Trixie Mattel. LGBTQ&A is hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by The Advocate magazine, in partnership with GLAAD.
  • One From The Vaults
    • One From the Vaults, a trans history podcast by Morgan M Page. We bring you all the dirt, gossip, and glamour from trans history!

Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Human Rights

Books for Adults

Books for Children

DVDs and Streaming Films

BIPOC and Questioning Identity

Books for Adults

DVDs and Streaming Films

Podcasts, Music & Streaming Audio

  • Black, Trans & Beautiful
    • A podcast from the Transwoman of Color Perspective.
  • Hoodrat to Headwrap: A Decolonized Podcast
    • A Decolonized Podcast for lovers on the margins, join your resident sexuality educator Ericka Hart and Deep East Oakland's very own Ebony Donnley, as we game give, dismantle white supremacy and kiki in the cosmos somewhere between radical hood epistemological black queer love ethics, pop culture, house plants and a sea of books.
  • Marsha's Plate: Black Trans Podcast
    • A Black trans Podcast. #MarshasPlate is a lively podcast where three friends come together every Thursday to share opinions and perspectives that centers the black perspective. Hosted By Diamond Stylz, Mia Mix, and Zee. All Houston-based digital strategists, black feminists, civil right advocates, and black trans people. We explore topics of gender, current events, politics, and scumbags all around the world upholding systems of oppression from a black trans feminist lens. With our funny no-holds-barred style we introduce you to new perspectives, stories that connect you to transness, and trans community leaders around the country.

LGBTQIA+ and Disability Communities

Books for Adults

DVDs and Streaming Films

Podcasts, Music & Streaming Audio

  • Disability After Dark
    • This is a podcast that looks at disability stories. it’s like sitting down with a really close friend to have real conversations about disability, sexuality and everything else about the disability experience that we don’t talk about; the things about being disabled we keep in the dark.