Resources for Allies


Below are some resources members of the trans community here at Essex feel are benifitial for allies to educate themeselves with.

Online Resources


Amnesty international: Gender Identity for beginners

Amnesty international UK have put together a concise but detailed guide on gender identities, containing key term definitions and ways in which to support trans people

TransActual UK was founded by a group of British trans people in 2017 as a response to increasing press hostility, transphobia, and misinformation. They are run by the trans community, with the trans community, for the trans community.



The Trevor Project – Sharing spaces

Conversations with LGBTQ young people, provides a much-needed platform for young trans and nonbinary voices to share about their personal journeys and explore what genuine allyship looks like among curious, open-minded adults and allies.




Queer: A Graphic History - Meg-John Barker

Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Jules Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this ground-breaking non-fiction graphic novel. From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender, and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology, and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged.



Gender:A Graphic Guide - Meg-John Barker

In this unique illustrated guide, Meg-John Barker, and Jules Scheele travel through our shifting understandings of gender across time and space - from ideas about masculinity and femininity, to non-binary and trans genders, to intersecting experiences of gender, race, sexuality, class, disability and more.



The Transgender Issue – Shon Faye

In this powerful new book, Shon Faye reclaims the idea of the 'transgender issue' to uncover the reality of what it means to be trans in a transphobic society. In doing so, she provides a compelling, wide-ranging analysis of trans lives from youth to old age, exploring work, family, housing, healthcare, the prison system and trans participation in the LGBTQ+ and feminist communities, in contemporary Britain and beyond.



Films, TV & Documentaries


Disclosure (2020) – Netflix

An in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture.



Pose (2018-2021) – Netflix

In the New York of the late '80s and early '90s, this is a story of ball culture and the gay and trans community, the raging AIDS crisis, and capitalism.



Dead End: Paranormal Park (2022-2022) – Netflix

Two teens and a talking pug team up to battle demons at a haunted theme park — and maybe even save the world from a supernatural apocalypse. A lighthearted animated series with good trans and queer representation in both the cast and characters.