Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People

This exhibition has ended, but you can still view educator resources below!

Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People is a traveling exhibit from the Family Diversity Projects. It includes photographs and interviews with a diverse selection of transgender people and some of their partners and children. Through first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about transgender people and to educate audiences about this marginalized, and often invisible group of people. This exhibit explores the many aspects of gender identity and variance by sharing these important, ground-breaking stories.

The Center for Diversity Education hosted Pioneering Voices from Febuary 12 to April 7, 2017 in the UNC Asheville Karpen Hall Lobby. It was presented in conjunction with the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945, an exhibit produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Together, these exhibits provide historical and contemporary perspectives on the lives of the LGBTQ community. 

To learn more about the exhibit, contact Deborah Miles at

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Additional Educational Resources

Online Resources about LGBT+ Inclusion:

LESSON: Understanding Homophobia/Heterosexism and How to Be an Ally

LESSON: Transgender Identity and Issues

LESSON: Gender Variance

VIDEO: Preventing LGBT Bullying

DVD: "It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School"

READING: U.S. Transgender Survey 2015 Executive Summary

READING: North Carolina's State Equality Scorecard (from Human Rights Campaign)

AUDIO: NPR's Fresh Air Podcast Interviews Subjects of HBO's "The Trans List"

READING: Best Practices for Creating an LGBT-Inclusive School Climate

Suggested Further Readings:

The Men with the Pink Triangle by Heinz Heger (translated by David Fernbach). 1980. Alyson Publications.

Normal Life by Dean Spade. 2011. New York: South End Press.

Transgender History by Susan Stryker. 2008. Avalon Publishing Group.

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality by Anne Fausto-Sterling. 2008. Revised. Basic Books.

Sex/Gender: Biology in a Social World (The Routledge Series Integrating Science and Culture). 2012. Routledge.

Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish History. Noach Dzmura (Editor). 2010. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.

Documentary: The Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria. 2005. FrameLine.