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Georgia Transgender Oral History Project: Search Terms, Thesaurus, Writing Tools

Search Terms, Thesaurus, Writing Tools

Homosaurus Vocabulary Site
The Homosaurus is an international linked data vocabulary of LGBTQ+ terms.

The Gender, Sex, and Sexual Orientation (GSSO) ontology
Initially created as a resource to help LGBTQ+ communities and health providers achieve better communication, the GSSO ontology is now an interdisciplinary platform for terms regarding LGBTQ+ health topics.

The Radical Copyeditor's Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People
Created by Alex Kapitan.

Looking for Queer Possibility Zine
A zine created for queer museum visitors to explore queer possibility in spaces where queerness may not have been interpreted/documented. 

Resource Guides

Metadata Best Practices for Trans and Gender Diverse Resources
Best practices for the description and cataloging of trans and gender diverse materials by the Trans Metadata Collective.

Harm Reduction Guide by the Digital Transgender Archive
A guide discussing how the Digital Transgender Archive prioritizes harm reduction when deciding how (and whether) to display potentially sensitive information.

Researching BIPOC Trans Histories: A Historical Research Guide
A guide created by the Digital Transgender Archive to provide resources for researching BIPOC trans and gender diverse histories. 

Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia Anti-Racist Description Resources
An association of information workers striving to implement anti-oppression principles in archives with an emphasis on Black Lives.


A working bibliography of research related to metadata for trans and gender diverse resources:

Adolpho, K. (2019). "Who Asked You? Consent, Self-Determination, and the Report of the PCC Ad Hoc Task Group on Gender in Name Authority Records." In J. Sandberg (Ed.), Ethical Questions in Name Authority Control (pp. 111-131). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.
Beckman, L., Eaton, L., Ferguson, Y., Heilbrun, D., Lavender, R., Mackenzie, T., & Schubel, D. (2022). Ethical and anti-oppressive metadata: A collaboration between catalogers and archivists at George Mason University Libraries. Collaborative Librarianship, 13(1), 5. Retrieved from
Billey, A., & Drabinski, E. (2019). Questioning authority: Changing library cataloging standards to be more inclusive to a gender identity spectrum. Transgender Studies Quarterly, 6(1), 117–123.
Brown, E. H., & Beam, M. (2022). Toward an ethos of trans care in trans oral history. The Oral History Review, 49(1), 29–55.
Cifor, M., & Rawson, K. J. (2023). Mediating queer and trans pasts: The Homosaurus as queer information activism. Information, Communication & Society, 26(11), 2168–2185.
Craig, H., Estill, L., & May, K. L. (2024). A rationale of trans-inclusive bibliography. Textual Cultures, 16(2), 1–28.
Hardesty, J., & Nolan, A. (2021). Mitigating bias in metadata: A use case using Homosaurus linked data. Information Technology and Libraries, 40(3).
Lindsey, N., Kuriger Suiter, G., & Hanselman, K. (2022). Ethical considerations of including gender information in open knowledge platforms. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies, 6(3), 1–15.
Rawson, K. J. (2018). The rhetorical power of archival description: Classifying images of gender transgression. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 48(4), 327–351.
Rawson, K. J. (2023). Archival reckonings: Confronting white supremacy in the Digital Transgender Archive. The American Archivist, 86(2), 545–564.
Roberto, K. R. (2021). Description is a drag (and vice versa): Classifying trans identities (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved from
Sarid-Segal, R. (2017). Trans Lives in Metadata in the Archive, Past and Future (Unpublished master’s thesis). New York University. Retrieved from
Stahl, L. (2024). Uncontrollable vocabularies: Queer theory, sexual identity, and the catalog. Journal of Radical Librarianship, 10, 17–35.
Steiner, M. (2017). Resisting digital archive fever: A critical investigation into the management of QTIPOC cultural heritage in the digital environment (Unpublished master's thesis). City University London. Retrieved from
Tai, J. (2022). Cultural humility as a framework for anti-oppressive archival description. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, 3(2).
The Trans Metadata Collective, Burns, J., Cronquist, M., Huang, J., Murphy, D., Rawson, K. J., … Williams, A. (2023). Metadata best practices for trans and gender diverse resources. Trans Metadata Collective.
Wagner, T. L. (2021). "She started wearing men’s clothes and acting more masculine": Queering historical knowledge, gendered identity making, and trans potentialities in visual information. The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 5(4), 21–42.
Wagner, T. (2022). Body-oriented cataloging as a method of inclusive gender representation. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 60(6-7), 620–645.
Watson, B. M., Murphy, D., Schaefer, B., & Huang, J. (2023). "Our metadata, ourselves": The Trans Metadata Collective. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 60(1), 433–441.

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