Before we were trans A new history of gender

Kit Heyam, 1990-

Book - 2022

Explores the history of transgender and gender nonconforming people, with a focus on those who identified in other than a straightforward binary fashion; on communities in West Africa, Asia, and among Native Americans; and on cross-dressing in World War I prison camps and in entertainment.

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2nd Floor New Shelf 306.768/Heyam (NEW SHELF) Due Apr 11, 2023
New York : Seal Press 2022.
First US edition
Physical Description
viii, 343 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-329) and index.
Main Author
Kit Heyam, 1990- (author)
  • Introduction: 'I had a gown on in a lark' : what is trans history?
  • Author's note: Writing trans history differently
  • 'The majesty of Him my daughter' : colonising gender roles in West Africa
  • 'She liked me in my greatcoat and hat' : fashion and trans panic in early modern Europe
  • 'I took especial pleasure in masquerade costumes' : living and performing as women in First World War internment camps
  • 'A feminine soul confined by a masculine body' : the entangled history of gay and trans experience
  • 'I am both man and woman' : defiant bodies in early America and beyond
  • 'Because of the manifestation of spirit' : gender, spirituality and survival in North America and South Asia
  • Epilogue: Now we are trans.