Recommendations for books, movies, music, and more. Note: What may be life changing-for some can be problematic for others. We all use our oppositional gaze to challenge culture continually. These media representations are what we’re working with right now, and if you’re not happy with them, we recommend going out and making your own! Send us a message, we’d probably be happy to help. Also, any additions to this list are much appreciated.
Gender Trouble, Judith Butler
Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein
Our Bodies, Our Selves
Whipping Girl, Julia Serano
Llueven Queers, Coco Riot
Sexing the Body, Anne Fausto-Sterling
Shakespeare, yo (Twelfth Night, As You Like It)
The Well of Loneliness, Radclyffe Hall
Middlesex, Jeffery Eugenides
Todo sobre mi madre
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Boys Don’t Cry
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Ma vie en rose
Breakfast on Pluto
Paris is Burning
Schmekel: 100% trans, 100% Jewish.
Trans-Genre: The ill connect to trans music.
The Lost Bois: Sweet, sexy, brainy rap, by and for queers.
MEN: JD Samson’s new dance-worthy, yet arty, project.
Gender Neutralizing: Super cuteness.
bklyn boihood:“bklyn boihood is a collective that creates visibility and builds community within masculine of center bois, lesbians, queers, trans-identified, studs, doms, butches and AGs of color through online media, events, workshops and collaborative projects.”
JJ Levine: An incredible prom-themed photoshoot with gender-switching.Check out the rest of the site for more cute people and gender ambiguity.*
Note: Why include porn? It can be very helpful and healing for trans* and gender-nonconforming people to see bodies like theirs in motion and in a sexual context. We have a tendency to defang our sexualities in order to be accepted as the gender we want, but we deserve to be represented, and to express ourselves, in the wide world of sexuality. If you are uncomfortable with pornography, nudity, or graphic sexual images, or are under 18, please do not click on these links. Otherwise, enjoy!
Crash Pad: The most famous and successful queer porn site out there. It depicts people of many genders, colors, sizes, and orientations, and is shot and produced by a talented and visionary filmmaker, Shine Louise Houston. *
Heavenly Spire: Shine Louise Houston’s project depicting the beauty of masculine bodies. *
No Fauxxx: Hot queer porn by badass femme Courtney Trouble, featuring many trans performers, such as Billy Castro. *
Queerporn.tv: The brainchild of Courtney Trouble and Tina Horn, it features “exclusive harcore sex scenes for direct download VOD, VIP access to live sex shows and adult entertainment, free member uploads at QTube (the first ever Queer adult tube site!), and a community of authentic lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and kinky queers unlike any other.”*
Trannywood Pictures: “a small San Francisco based, safe sex, educational and porn production company bringing together a diversity of trans and other queer men.”*
*CAUTION: NSFW sexy sexual sexiness