Gender identity: A resource list

  As our new production of I, Joan opens this month, we’re sharing books, digital resources, podcasts and more, to further explore gender identity throughout history

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This August, as part of our Summer 2022 season, we’re exploring the legendary leader, Joan of Arc, who in a new play I, Joan by Charlie Josephine, uses the pronouns ‘they/them’.

Theatre allows us to consider the possibility of a world elsewhere and is a place of imagination. We cannot wait to share I, Joan with everyone and rediscover this cultural icon.

Below, we share some of our favourite non-binary and transgender resources, including books, digital resources, research projects, organisations, museums, archives and podcasts, where people’s experiences of gender identity through the ages can be explored, and where learning and discussion can start.

Most of these resources can be accessed for free online. For book purchases, please support your local independent bookshops – we’d recommend Gay’s The Word.

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We share some of our favourite non-binary and transgender resources where people’s experiences of gender identity through the ages can be explored, and where learning and discussion can start.

Books (Fiction)

The best transgender fiction (tg fiction) by trans authors, or stories of real-life experiences

   Variations by Juliet Jacques

   Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor

   Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

   Tell Me I’m Worthless by Alison Rumfitt

Books (Non-Fiction)

Vital transgender and non-binary titles exploring legal, social and political issues around gender identity

   None of the Above by Travis Alabanza

   Gender Outlawby Kate Bornstein

   Gender Euophoria: Stories of Joy from Trans Non-Binary and Intersex Writers Edited by Laura Kate Dale

   What’s The T? The No-Nonsense Guide to all Things Trans and/or Non-Binary for Teens by Juno Dawson

   The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice by Shon Faye

   Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg

   Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender by Kit Heyam

   Trans Like Me by C N Lester

   Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

   Transgender History by Susan Stryker

   Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon

   Yes, You Are Trans Enough by Mia Violet

Charities & Organisations

   Book 28 Library
A small LGBTIQ+ library in Borough, London. They also run virtual events and have a free digital library of LGBTIQ+ eBooks, podcasts, films and digital archives

A holistic lesbian and gay centre that offers a range of social, emotional and support services to LGBT communities

   Exist Loudly
Creating spaces of joy, community and care for Black LGBTQ+ youth from London through creative intervention

   Gendered Intelligence
A trans-led and trans-involving grassroots organisation that exists to increase understandings of gender diversity and improve trans people’s quality of life

   London LGBTQ+ Community Centre
A pop-up LGBTQ+ community centre running a holistic programme of services, events, talks and workshops

Mermaids has been supporting transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995

   Outbox Theatre
OUTBOX make theatre and performance projects that reflect the communities and artists they work with, their mission is to create spaces that queer people can dream and imagine

   The Queer House
An agency representing queer actors, writers and makers

A not-for-profit organisation providing supportive, knowledgeable, non judgemental and peer based engagements to marginalised communities, including LGBTQ, trans and BAME

Stonewall stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere

The first integrated gender, sexual health and HIV service commissioned by NHS England

Digital resources

   A Bit Lit
Conversations about history, culture, and creativity with scholars from all over the world, with a rich selection of queer topics

   Roaring Girl: London’s Sharp-Elbowed, Loudmouthed Mary Frith and Life Story: Thomas(ine) Hall
Two stories of extraordinary gender-nonconforming people from the 17th century

Museums & Archives

   LGBTQ+ Archives at the Bishopsgate Insitute
One of the most extensive collections of LGBTQ+ history, politics and culture in the UK, covering the late nineteenth century onwards

   Queer Britain
Get in early, and support this charity working to establish the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum

Online publications & articles

   DIVA Magazine
A leading magazine for LGBTQI women and non-binary people

   Gay Times
A worldwide LGBTQ+ media brand with queer content

   Gendering Joan of Arc isn’t that straightforward
Historian Florence Scott explains the difficulty with assigning modern-day gender terminology to historical figures

   Pink News
A worldwide source for LGBTQ+ news


   The Blurry Bits
A weekly podcast exploring masculinity, with all it’s beautiful and brutal, complex nuances, presented by Charlie Josephine and Rob Watt

   Gender Stories
In this podcast Alex Iantaffi reflects on how gender impacts different areas of our lives, such as relationships, spirituality, parenting and more

   One From the Vaults
A trans history podcast by Morgan M Page, bringing all the dirt, gossip, and glamour from trans history

   What The Trans!?
A UK-based news podcast for trans and non-binary folks and allies. Join snarky trans fact-finding team Michelle and Ashleigh as they dissect the news, interview guests and chat about pop culture

Research projects & Journals

   Engendering the Stage
UK-Canadian project investigating early modern women’s performance, as well as traces of trans and queer identities on the early modern stage

   Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies: Early Modern Trans Studies
A special issue exploring early modern English literature through the lens of trans studies, edited by Simone Chess, Colby Gordon and Will Fisher


I, Joan plays in our Globe Theatre from 25 August – 22 October 2022 as part of our Summer 2022 season.

Dive deeper into I, Joan in our free post-show events. Meet members of the Cast & Creative team in a Post-Show Discussion and Q&A on 24 September and learn more about making Queer Theatre for everyone in Straight to the Point on 8 October.