Welcome to the Sanford School of Public Policy's resource library for issues related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We hope these items are useful to you.

Educational Resources

A Touching Introduction to Transgender Identities, By Transgender People

This video features narratives from transgender adults and children and their families. They share about challenges such as facing rejection, discrimination, and violence while living in a transphobic, binary society as trans and non-binary people. The video also shares ways to support trans people and communities. Video; National Center for Transgender Equity

Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for LGBT Women in America

This report focuses on the economic challenges facing LGBT women across the nation in three critical areas: jobs, health and family. It also offers recommendations for change. Report; Center for American Progress and the Movement Advancement Project

History of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Social Movements

Bonnie J. Morris examines a brief history of LGBT social movements in this essay. Although the LGBT community and individuals remain targets for hate violence and backlash throughout the world, the hard work of activists and allies made it possible to reach this era, where the perpetrators of violence, not the victims, are condemned as sick. Research Essay by Bonnie J. Morris

Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of LGBTQ Americans

Findings from a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults illustrate the significant experiences of discrimination faced across multiple areas of life by LGBTQ people in America today. Report; NPR

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation

In Exile and Pride, Eli Clare offers an intersectional framework for understanding how we actually live with the daily hydraulics of oppression, power, and resistance. At the root of Clare's exploration of environmental destruction and capitalism, sexuality and institutional violence, gender and the body politic, is a call for social justice movements that are truly accessible to everyone. Book by Eli Clare 

Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies: Disability and Queerness

Eli Clare analyzes both disability and transgender communities through a comparative lens from its terminology to its form of discrimination. Through words and images of experience, Clare explores the internal struggles of living in a distinguished body that becomes eye-catching in a negative way. Research Article by Eli Clare

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

Butler’s primary aims in the work are to make a case for rejecting an essential female identity as the basis for feminist practice and to come up with an account of gender formation without recourse to the female body as a natural phenomenon. Butler’s theoretical approach in this project is eclectic, drawing from poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, French and American feminism, linguistics, and the history of ideas. Essay by Judith Butler

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

Habib's memoir explores faith, art, love, and queer sexuality throughout her life as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and then as a refugee in Canada. She shares her experiences with threats from Islamic extremists, bullying, racism, poverty, arranged marriage, and self-liberation. Book by Samra Habib

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir

Kai Cheng Thom's sensational coming-of-age story features a young Asian trans girl, pathological liar, and kung fu expert who runs away from her parents' abusive home and finds her true family in a group of larger-than-life trans femmes. This story addresses identity, transphobia, fighting against institutional violence, growing up, and finding one's family. Book by Kai Cheng Tom

Still Processing

Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, two culture writers for The New York Times, devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger.

Black Girl Dangerous

The Black Girl Dangerous podcast aims to amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans people of color. This podcast is hosted by Mia McKenzie.


The Umbrella Podcast, hosted by Glynn M. and Dawson Schacter, is devoted to diverse members of the LGBTQ+ community gathering to talk about a wide range of intersectional, complex issues facing us, internally and externally.


LGBTQ&A, hosted by Jeffrey Masters, documents modern queer and trans history beyond transition and coming out stories. 


Tobin Low and Kathy Tu offer stories and conversations about the queer experience today. 

The Ten

The Ten, hosted by Zack Stafford, is a weekly look at news and culture through a queer lens. Stafford, alongside reporters and contributors, brings queer voices to the forefront while diving deep into the stories that matter.

Hoodrat to Headwrap

The hosts game give, dismantle white supremacy, and kiki in the cosmos somewhere between radical hood epistemological black queer love ethics, pop culture, house plants and a sea of books.

One From the Vaults

One From the Vaults, a trans history podcast by Morgan M Page, brings you all the dirt, gossip, and glamour from trans history!

Making Gay History

Since 2016, Making Gay History, hosted by Eric Marcus, has been bringing the largely hidden history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement to life through the voices of the people who lived it.

Out in the Night

After being violently threatened on the street, four young black lesbians struggle to defend themselves in the eyes of the law and the media. Documentary dir. Blair Dorosh-Walther


A captivating look into the daily lives of a group of LGBTQ youth who comprise the "Kiki" scene as they prepare for and perform at fierce and exuberant ballroom competitions in NYC. Documentary dir. Sara Jordeno

Paris is Burning

This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their "house" culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Documentary dir. Jennie Livingston

How to Survive a Plague

In the late 1980s, members of Act-Up and other AIDS activists battle hostility and indifference to bring attention to the disease and try to reduce the number of victims while hoping to lead the drive to find a cure. Documentary dir. David France